Bengkulu (Central Malay), an Austronesian language spoken by the (pasemah, besemah) populations of Indonesia. Bengkulu (central Malay) from the city of Bengkulu in the south west of Sumatra. Pasemah, Besemah, Central Malay are the other three names given to Bengkulu a form of Malay as there are so many in Indonesia. There are about 2 million people which speak it. Bengkulu, formerly Benkulen or Benkoelen, is the largest city in southwestern Sumatra and in the past was an important region for pepper trade. It is today a place like many others in Indonesia very popular with tourists.