Nironjini Pillay’s parents are Straits-born Melakan. Her father is part of the Chetti Melaka community, while her mother has Chinese heritage. With her multi-ethnic background and as a Malaysian, Nironjini speaks more than three languages. Since her childhood, she has been actively involved in Chetti Melaka cultural activities like traditional dances, pantun, and Dondang Sayang, and has performed for numerous events organized in Malaysia. As a member of the Chetti Melaka community, she continues to preserve her culture and traditions. She works at an intellectual property firm in Kuala Lumpur.
Shagina Bhalan was born in Melaka to an Indian father and a Chetti Melaka mother. She is very fond of the arts and literature. She is also a practicioner of Bharatanatyam (an Indian classical dance form) and loves singing and cooking. She is currently a deputy principal at an international school in Kuala Lumpur.
Nadarajan Mudalier's father was a Chetti Melaka and his mother was a Chinese Peranakan Nyonya from Melaka. He has six siblings, and they use the Baba Malay language at home to communicate with each other. However, they switch to the Chetti Malay language when they mingle among the Chetti community. He has practiced Chetti Melaka traditions throughout his life, even during the time he was away from his village for almost forty years. Upon his retirement in 2013, after thirty-five years of service with Petronas Bhd, he returned to Melaka and served the Chetti Melaka community as a trustee of Chitty Melaka Temple.
Mahendran Pillay was born in Kampung Chetti, Melaka, in 1976. His parents are both Chetti Melaka, and like them, he is a Hindu. He met his soulmate in Kampung Chetti and married her in a traditional Melaka Chetti wedding. The couple is blessed with two children. He spends his free time helping the Chetti Melaka management with community work. He has also helped hundreds of university students (both local and overseas) with their theses and fieldwork. He loves writing pantun during his free time.
Nurul Huda Hamzah is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Languages & Linguistics, Universiti Malaya. Her PhD thesis was on the Chetti Melaka community in Malaysia. She investigated aspects of language use and cultural practice among the Chetti community in Kampung Chetti, Melaka. She is currently expanding her research on the Chetti Melaka community through grants awarded by Universiti Malaya.
Stefanie Shamila Pillai is a professor at the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya (UM), and currently the Dean of the Social Advancement and Happiness Research Cluster at UM. Her research interests include language use in multilingual contexts. Her work on Melaka Portuguese stems from her own maternal Portuguese-Eurasian heritage. She has documented Melaka Portuguese (Papia Cristang) which is digitally archived at the Endangered Languages Archive. She has also developed materials and platforms with community representatives to encourage the use of this endangered language. These include "Beng Prende Malaka Portugues"("Come, Let’s Learn Melaka Portuguese"), Nina Boboi (a trilingual children’s book), BibePortMal (a mobile dictionary app), Rezu cum Cantiga de Rezu (a compact disc of prayers and hymns), and microtourism programs.