Thanks a lot Whodunit.
Listening to the words contening an /r/ like hari, kerena, etc. Yes, I agree with you. I find the Malay /r/ different from the English /r/, but definitely closer to it than to the Spanish /r/, let alone the French /r/.
I read somewhere that it was realized like the French /r/, but in the recording there is not a single occurrence of this articulation.