Malay in Malaysia

Unreached of the Day  5/06/2021

Malay in Malaysia

In Malaysia, people are classified as Malay by the federal constitution if they speak their national language, Bahasa Malaysia, practice Malay customs, and are Muslim. The Malay people are seen in all levels of Malaysian society. There are urban Malays who are well educated and hold white collar or government positions. Then there are rural Malays who typically occupy jobs such as farming, trading, logging and fishing.

Ministry Obstacles

The Malay people embrace the Islamic religious system, though they allow for spiritual compromises. Although Islam forbids the use of a shaman or witch doctor, many Malays seek their services when they are experiencing a difficult situation. They have allowed no place in their hearts for a Savior.

Outreach Ideas

The Malays need the opportunity to hear that Jesus is the only way to salvation and an abundant life. As it stands, there are harsh laws against telling Malay Muslims about Christ.

Scripture Focus

"The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory."  Psalm 97:6

Scripture Prayer

Pray that this will be the year when today’s nation sees His righteousness and glory.

Prayer Focus

There are millions of followers of Christ in Malaysia, but there are powerful forces keeping them from taking the only Savior to the Malay Muslims. Pray for boldness among Malaysian believers. Pray that each Malay person would have the opportunity to hear the good news in an understandable way. Pray that Malay Bibles would become available and get into the hands of seeking Malays. Pray that Christian living in Malaysia would share the gospel with Malays no matter what the cost. Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Malay people in this decade.



People Name Malay
Pronunciationmuh-LAY
Country Malaysia
10/40 Window Yes
Population 13,192,000
World Population 17,557,300
Language Malay
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image