The Municipality of Malay is a first class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 32,110 people in 4,747 households.
Malay, “Gateway to Paradise”. The Municipality of Malay is where the world – famous Boracay Island is located. Boracay Island is Aklan’s major tourist attraction and is considered as “the best beach in the world”. Caticlan, one of Malay’s 17 barangays is the town’s business center and the jump-off point to Boracay Island.
Malay is situated at the northwestern part of Panay Island. It’s immediate neighbors are the municipalities of Pandan and Libertad ( Antique ), San Jose and Tablas Islands in Romblon. The municipality was named after a tiny specie of fish commonly called “Maeay” or “Malay” to stangers that used to abound in a nearby river.
The resort island Boracay is geographically part of the municipality although administratively independent of it (Boracay is under the administrative control of the Philippine Tourism Authority in coordination with the provincial government of Aklan).
It was hit severely by the typhoon Seniang on 9-10 December 2006, with much destruction and damage of homes and infrastructure.
Malay was created as a town in 1949 from the barrio of Malay and surrounding barrios which were then part of Buruanga. The new municipality then include the following barrios: Malay (poblacion, seat of local government), Dumlog, Cabolihan, Balosbos, Maba-oy, Cubay Norte, Cubay Sur, Cogon, Argao, San Viray, Caticlan, Manoc Manoc, Balabag and Na-asog.