The Malij alphabet is a direct descendant of the first alphabet on Lijatac, that of Original Kolij. This alphabet was itself a simplification of the pictograms the Kolij people had previously used - the 23 letters of Original Kolij were simply 23 of their most commonly-used words.
The Kolij alphabet was carried by the general eastward migration to the new nation of Lij, where it was formalised into the Lij Runes seen below. When the founders of Malij fled Lij for the west, they too carried the alphabet with them, but over time rendered it into the form still in use today - a form which can be either cursive or printed as needed. The more open cursive of nearby Tumino descends from the Lij runes in a similar manner, but has completely lost the ability to write the letters separately.
Four Alphabets of Lijatac