Pray for Malaysia

Learn about and pray for Malaysia in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Malaysia’s history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.


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Operation World

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World Watch List

Pray through the country's persecution profile.

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People Groups

Pray for the country's 10 largest unreached people groups.


Malaysia is a diverse nation with a blend of cultures, faces both unity and division. Its rich cultural tapestry connects it to India, China, Indonesia, and the Islamic world, fostering a cosmopolitan atmosphere. However, this diversity also hinders national cohesion.

Malaysia’s rapidly growing economy coexists with issues such as piracy and a troubling sex trafficking black market. The country’s proximity to the “Golden Triangle” contributes to opium production.

Despite the signing of peace accords, ethnic tensions persist, leading to discrimination against minority groups, especially indigenous Indians.

Malaysia embraces various religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, but the state prohibits Christians from witnessing to Muslims. The need for translated religious materials and funding for distribution remains essential. Malaysians have faced oppression, but their true worth is found in the eyes of Christ.

Read on to learn how you can pray for Malaysia.


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map of Malaysia in southeast Asia

Fast Facts

Capital City: Kuala Lumpur

Population: 34 million (50% unreached)

People Groups: 182

Unreached People Groups: 77

Frontier People Groups: 40

10/40 Window: Yes

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Major People Groups: 28% Malay; 10% Kedah Malay; 6% Tamil; 5% Han Chinese (Min Nan); 5% Han Chinese (Hakka)

Major Religions: Muslim 56%, Chinese folk-religions 18%, Christian 9%, Hindu 6%, Buddhist 5%, Ethnic religions 3%

Language: Malay, Chinese, Tamil

GDP Per Capita: $26,400

Literacy Rate: 95%

Did you know? Malaysians typically speak multiple languages, including Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil, and various indigenous dialects.

Pray for the unreached people groups of Malaysia

The relatively small nation of Malaysia is home to over 180 people groups and one of the largest frontier people groups in the world, the Malay.

Below are the 10 largest unreached people groups in Malaysia:


Name Religion Population
1. Malay Islam 13,951,000
2. Minangkabau Islam 1,000,000
3. West Coast Bajau Islam 258,000
4. Nepali Hinduism 249,000
5. Sulu Tausug Islam 232,000
6. Buginese Islam 154,000
7. Telugu South Asians Hinduism 126,000
8. Rohingya Islam 95,000
9. Acehnese Islam 90,000
10. Bengali South Asians Islam 87,000


Pray for Christians being persecuted

Malaysia is ranked #49 on the 2024 World Watch List published by Open Doors.

Malaysia’s constitution expects every ethnic Malay to be Muslim. A convert to Christianity is likely to experience extreme pressure from their family to return to Islam.

If the authorities find out about their faith, they can be arrested, interrogated about their Christian network – and potentially imprisoned or sentenced to death. All minority religious groups and NGOs, including established churches, are monitored by the authorities. With elections due this year, Malaysia is becoming more conservatively Islamic.


World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.


[God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.


2 Corinthians 1:10-11

Pray for Malaysia

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