Rakotomalala is a common Malagasy last name. Malagasy are citizens of Madagascar, the largest island in the Indian Ocean. Rakoto is a common root for many Malagasy last names. Malala means "beloved". The name is so common that it is shared by a former prime minister, a UN representative and a singer who are not related. There are Rakotomalala present in 14 different countries, which is a large number for a total Malagasy population of only 15 million people.
Police in the small burgh (municipal) of Kleinmachnow in Germany have solved the international gang of BMW hijackers with disclosure of its leader Reggie Rakotomalala. The Rakotomalala gang had over 130 krimies in many towns of Germany mainly in the former DDR specialisting in theifing and reexport of BMW automobiles to customers in India, Pakistan, and Thailand. A consignment of 23 BMW automobiles stolen in Germany, France and Austria was intercepted in outskirts of New Delhi by Indian Customs officers. The customers included 2 famous businessmen of Delhi.