Malaysia MY

1,752,115

GMO Gospel Visits 2014

60,521

Indicated decisions 2014

30.7 million

Population

2.6 million

Christians
1.2 million are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Malaysia
  • Social Control

    Shame-based 
  • Cultural Distinctions

    None
  • Top 25 Stats

    None
  • Fastest Growing Religion

    Non-religious
  • Human Development Index

    62/187
  • Internet Access

    40.25% (83rd)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Bumiputeras (58.4%); Chinese (31%); South Asian (9.4%); Southeast Asian (0.8%).
  • Common Languages

    Malay (Bahsa Malay)
  • Economy

    Economy based on natural resources (palm oil, rubber, oil, others); Hi-tech manufacturing.
    Chinese and Indians dominated the economy before the 1957 independence.
    Government initiatives since 1971 try to improve the status of Malay and indigenous people.
    Malaysia’s wealth attracts job-seeking immigrants from poorer Asian countries.
  • History / Politics

    Independent in 1957 from Great Britain; Now has a constitutional monarchy.
    Ruling party continues in power after the 2013 elections, but opposition has increased.
    Policies have helped a small number to become wealthy; There is much corruption.
    Minorities are discriminated against; Islamic groups push for sharia law.
  • Spirituality

    Evangelism of Muslims is illegal in most states, but freedom exists to practice other religions.
    Church growth has been steady and churches have good cooperation.
    Lots of Bible colleges and church-training programs, but many pastors are untrained.
    Peninsular Malaysia has 80% of the population, but only 3% are Christian.
    Sabah, the nation’s poorest state, receives limited government assistance.
    Church growth is rapid in Sabah, despite racial prejudice, corruption, crime, drugs, and piracy.
    Sarawak has had 70 years of missionary activity, and there are many Christians.
    The church has issues because pastors have limited training and discipleship is difficult.
  • Prayers

    Pray for greater religious freedom so the Gospel can be spread.
    Pray for continued unity among church groups.
    Pray for better training for pastors and discipleship for believers.

Note:

All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.