About Us

Murasu System Sdn Bhd, was incorporated in 22 July 1998 to address to the needs of regional language users on computer platforms.  Prior to the product developed by the company, called Murasu Anjal, it was not possible for computer users to create and publish documents in languages like Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi in Malaysia.

The company’s first product, called Murasu Anjal, was developed by its founder, Muthu Nedumaran, in the year 1985. It is a software tool that extends the computer system with features that provides the ability to read and write in languages that are not native to the operating platform. With this software, users were able to compose complex-script text in word-processing applications, mail readers, web browsers and other commonly used productivity software.

The company expanded its portfolio of products to include font and input method development in all of the Indic and Indo-Chinese languages. Over 50 different fonts and a dozen input-methods have been built and licensed to device manufacturers.

Murasu Anjal’s Input Methods and fonts are now part of several operating systems including Mac OS, iOS and Android devices from HTC.

Key Milestones

  • 2013

    Developed “Selliyal”. A Tamil and English news portal on the Web and mobile platforms for the Tamil speaking population in Malaysia and abroad. Selliyal platform is most likely the first platform to provide push notifications in Tamil across Android and iOS devices.

  • 2012

    Added prediction to Tamil and Hindi input methods on Android.

    Released Sellinam as a free app for Android in Google Play.

  • 2011

    Licensed all of the Indic fonts and Android input-methods for 10 languages to HTC in Taipei.

  • 2010

    Launched the following iPhone Apps:

    Sellinam : Messaging and news in Tamil language

    Indic Notes: Notes application that allowed users to input text in Devanagari (Hindi, Marati & Sanskrit), Tamil, Malayalam, Gurmukhi, Telugu & Kannda.  The input methods used the standard on-screen QWERTY keyboard and contextually transliterated the letters as they were typed.

    Lifo-Sellinam: A complete Tamil-English dictionary with suffix-based searching in Tamil

  • 2010

    Developed Indic and Indo-Chinese fonts in 13 scripts (Tamil, Devanagari, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Oriya, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Sinhala, Lao, Khmer & Myanmar).

    The fonts were licensed to Apple Inc. and were bundled into iOS 4.0 and  Mac OS X operating systems.

  • 2009

    Won the “Most Promising iPhone Application” award by showcasing an intelligent input method framework for Jawi text composition on the iPhone. The iPhone app allowed users to type Malay language text in Latin script on a QWERTY onscreen keyboard and it intelligently transliterated each word into Jawi (Arabic script) as and when they are composed.

    Jawi = Arabic script with extensions to write Malay, the national language of Malaysia.

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  • 2009

    With Grow Momentum (S) Pte Ltd in Singapore developed and launched ‘Murasu Anjal 10’ software as a deliverable for MOE Singapore’s Tamil Language Text Input System (TLTIS) project. The software integrated a Tamil lookup-dictionary into the input method for the first time.  Murasu Anjal 10 also became the first Tamil text input software that worked across Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems providing identical fonts on both platforms.

    MOE = Ministry of Education.

  • 2008

    Won SKMMs NCDG grant to develop MobileJawi, an application and content management framework in the Jawi script on mobile devices. The client components were a Java MIDlet and an iPhone App that incorporated input methods and fonts.

    Won “Maxis InOvation” award for taking local content abroad during GoMobile 2008

    Maxis = Malaysia’s largest mobile operator.  SKMM = Malay acronym for Malaysian Commission for Multimedia and Communications, the regulator.  NCDG = Networked Content Development Grant.

  • 2006

    Launched messaging and content services in various regional languages in Malaysia (Celcom, Maxis, Digi), UAE (Etisalat), India (Airtel, Aircel) & Maldives (Wataniya)

  • 2005

    Won Malaysia’s National ICT Excellence Award for the mobile application framework architectured to support messaging and content in regional languages. Specifically Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Sinhala, Dhivehi and Jawi. The client component was a Java MIDlet that incorporated an input-method, custom bit-mapped fonts and shaping engine.

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  • 2004

    Launched the world’s first mobile messaging service in Tamil together with Medicorp Radio station in Singapore. This was made possible through the development of a Java MIDlet that incorporated an input-method based on 12 keys, a custom bit-mapped font and shaping engine.

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  • 2003

    Maxis, Malaysia’s leading mobile operator, awarded Murasu Systems “Pioneer Participant” status in their Maxis Developer Programme.

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