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Area: 330,434 sq km

Two distinct parts: Peninsular (West) Malaysia on the Kra peninsula of mainland Asia (PM), and East Malaysia (EM) consisting of the territories of Sarawak and Sabah on the northern third of the island of Borneo. Well-watered, tropical rainforest.

Population: 27,913,990    Annual Growth: 1.72%

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Urbanites: 72.2%

HDI Rank: 66 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 183 (31% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Malay    Languages: 145 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Since Malay became the official national language, Christians have been confronted with a series of challenges. Pray for improvements in:

a) The need for Christian literature in the Malay language. Writers are few and the market is still small, yet the younger generation is educated in this medium. There are numerous Christian bookstores, including online ones, and an active Bible Society.

b) Restrictions on the use of the Malay language Bible and other Christian books. These were banned when the government deemed their contents to be detrimental to public peace. One main issue is the use of the word Allah for God in such material. After forcing Malaysians to use Malay as a common language, the government now fears that such use in Christian literature and services will induce Malays to become Christian. Pray for Christian publishers and ministries to be strong and shrewd in defending their legal rights over this issue.

c) The language used in church services. Many churches, especially Catholic and the SIB, have congregations that use Bahasa Malaysia. Implementing an official and national language could be a positive development; pray that freedom to use the language in its entirety, by all faith communities, would reflect the multi-faith and multi-cultural make-up of the nation.

     For an additional 7 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Malaysia.