As common in rest of Malaysia, most people are either Chinese, Malay or Indian. There is even a population of Portuguese origin, descendants of colonists from the 16th and 17th centuries. Similarly, there are a number of Sikhs residing in Malacca. Together they practise mainly Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. Malacca is also known to be a centre of Peranakan population [Chinese settlers who married local Malays]. These Straits Chinese are referred to as 'Baba Nonya'; Baba for males and Nonya for females.
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