Country: Malaysia

Number of People Groups

185

People Groups Unreached

84

Total Population

30,219,000

Unreached Population

15,716,000

% Professing Christian

8.4%

% Evangelical

3.2 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Abai Sungai 1,400 1,400 Abai Sungai Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Acehnese 81,000 4,558,000 Aceh Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Americans, U.S. 8,500 186,762,000 English Christianity 79.0 % 28.0 %
 Arab 14,000 985,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.2 % 0.0 %
 Badjao, Sama, Central 19,000 143,000 Sama, Central E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.5 %
 Bajau Bukit, Papar 1,300 1,300 Papar Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bajau Kagayan, Sama Mapun 16,000 63,000 Mapun Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bajau, West Coast 71,000 83,000 Bajau, West Coast Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Balau 11,000 11,000 Balau E Ethnic Religions 34.0 % 6.0 %
 Balinese 5,700 3,819,000 Bali Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Banjarese, Banjar Malay 1,272,000 5,742,000 Banjar Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Baram Kayan 11,000 11,000 Kayan, Baram Christianity 65.0 % 4.0 %
 Bateq, Kleb 1,200 1,200 Batek E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.5 %
 Batu Punan 1,200 1,200 Punan Batu 1 E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 1.0 %
 Bawean 54,000 180,000 Madura Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Beketan, Manketa 300 1,000 Bukitan Christianity 70.0 % 6.0 %
Belait 500 1,600 Belait Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Berawan, Central 1,600 1,600 Berawan, Central E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.5 %
Berawan, East 1,200 1,200 Berawan, East E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.8 %
Berawan, West 1,100 1,100 Berawan, West E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.0 %
 Biatah, Bideyu 89,000 100,000 Bidayuh, Biatah Christianity 65.0 % 5.0 %
 Bintulu 11,000 11,000 Bintulu E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 1.0 %
 Bisaya, Sabah Bisaya 22,000 36,000 Bisaya, Sabah Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bonggi 1,500 1,500 Bonggi E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 1.5 %
 British 15,000 49,252,000 English Christianity 61.0 % 8.0 %
 Brunei Malay, Kedayan 71,000 257,000 Brunei Islam 5.0 % 0.3 %
 Bugis, Buginese 24,000 6,440,000 Bugis Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bukar Sadong, Bidayuh 68,000 79,000 Bidayuh, Bukar-Sadong Christianity 60.0 % 5.0 %
 Burmese 28,000 31,631,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.5 % 0.2 %
 Cham, Western 13,000 295,000 Cham, Western Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Che Wong, Siwang 500 500 Cheq Wong E Ethnic Religions 0.5 % 0.5 %
 Chitties, Malaaccan Creole Malay 400 400 Malaccan Creole Malay Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Cocos Islander, Kukus 5,600 7,200 Malay, Cocos Islands Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Daro-Matu 20,000 20,000 Melanau, Daro-Matu Islam 8.0 % 5.9 %
 Dayak, Kendayan, Selako 15,000 376,000 Kendayan E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 0.4 %
Dayak, Sarawak, Jagoi 28,000 28,000 Bidayuh, Bau E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 4.8 %
 Deaf Unknown 0 Malaysian Sign Language Islam 10.0 % 0.9 %
 Dumpas 1,500 1,500 Dumpas E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.4 %
 Dusun, Bundu 68,000 68,000 Dusun, Central Christianity 70.0 % 5.0 %
 Dusun, Central 197,000 197,000 Dusun, Central Christianity 75.0 % 7.0 %
 Dusun, Keningau 1,500 1,500 Gana E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 3.0 %
 Dusun, Kuala Monsok 300 300 Dusun, Central Christianity 70.0 % 4.0 %
 Dusun, Kwijau 11,000 21,000 Kuijau E Ethnic Religions 25.0 % 6.0 %
 Dusun, Minokok 1,400 1,400 Minokok E Ethnic Religions 35.0 % 7.0 %
Dusun, Murut 2,300 2,300 Keningau Murut E Ethnic Religions 48.0 % 7.0 %
 Dusun, Rungus, Momogun 60,000 60,000 Rungus Christianity 65.0 % 5.0 %
 Dusun, Segama 800 800 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 70.0 % 4.0 %
 Dusun, Sugut 17,000 17,000 Dusun, Sugut E Ethnic Religions 35.0 % 6.0 %
 Dusun, Sungai 49,000 49,000 Dusun, Central Christianity 40.0 % 7.0 %
 Dusun, Tambunan 22,000 22,000 Dusun, Tambunan Christianity 65.0 % 4.0 %
 Dusun, Tempasuk 16,000 16,000 Dusun, Tempasuk E Ethnic Religions 25.0 % 7.0 %
 Dusun, Tuaran, Lotud 11,000 11,000 Lotud E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 5.0 %
 Eurasian, Euronesian 57,000 1,788,000 English Christianity 60.0 % 12.0 %
 Filipino, Tagalog 457,000 36,207,000 Tagalog Christianity 92.0 % 12.0 %
 Garo, Kimaragang 2,500 2,500 Kota Marudu Talantang Christianity 70.0 % 21.4 %
 Gujarati 28,000 1,721,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 1,398,000 77,743,000 Chinese, Yue E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 6.5 %
 Han Chinese, Hainanese 393,000 6,429,000 Chinese, Min Nan E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 1,731,000 43,196,000 Chinese, Hakka E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 8.0 %
 Han Chinese, Hokkien 1,905,000 56,699,000 Chinese, Min Nan E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 7.5 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 988,000 860,021,000 Chinese, Mandarin E Ethnic Religions 9.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Min Bei 385,000 3,380,000 Chinese, Min Bei E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Min Dong 257,000 10,377,000 Chinese, Min Dong E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 2.0 %
 Han Chinese, Puxian 28,000 3,050,000 Chinese, Pu-Xian E Ethnic Religions 9.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Teochew 1,005,000 1,697,000 Chinese, Min Nan E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Xiang 64,000 38,484,000 Chinese, Xiang E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 1.0 %
 Hindi 57,000 1,322,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Hui 14,000 13,666,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Ida'an, Eraans 7,000 7,000 Ida'an E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 5.0 %
 Indonesian 797,000 6,709,000 Indonesian Islam 15.0 % 5.6 %
 Iranun 17,000 273,000 Iranun Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Jagoi-Bisingai 9,700 9,700 Bidayuh, Bau E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 0.5 %
 Jah Hut, Cheres 3,400 3,400 Jah Hut E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 0.1 %
 Jakun, Djakun 30,000 30,000 Jakun E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Japanese 14,000 124,304,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.5 % 0.5 %
 Javanese, Orang Jawa 641,000 17,189,000 Javanese Islam 14.0 % 7.0 %
 Jehai 1,500 1,500 Jehai E Ethnic Religions 33.0 % 20.0 %
 Kadazan, Coastal, Papar 32,000 32,000 Kadazan, Coastal E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 10.0 %
 Kadazan, Coastal, Penampang 73,000 73,000 Kadazan, Coastal E Ethnic Religions 27.0 % 6.0 %
 Kadazan, Eastern 29,000 29,000 Kadazan, Labuk-Kinabatangan Christianity 60.0 % 25.4 %
 Kadazan, Klias River 2,300 2,300 Kadazan, Klias River E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 3.0 %
Kanarese, Canarese 57,000 78,000 Kannada Hinduism 3.0 % 0.0 %
 Kanowit 200 200 Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 0.0 %
Kayaman, Kejaman 1,100 1,100 Kajaman E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.5 %
 Kelabit 4,900 5,700 Kelabit Christianity 60.0 % 5.0 %
 Kensiu 300 600 Kensiu E Ethnic Religions 1.3 % 0.0 %
 Kenyah, Kelinyau, Madang 1,800 3,600 Kenyah, Mainstream Christianity 75.0 % 6.0 %
 Kenyah, Sibop, Sabup 4,500 4,500 Sebop Islam 10.0 % 2.0 %
 Kenyah, Tutoh, Lugat 1,600 1,600 Long Wat Christianity 75.0 % 6.0 %
 Kenyah, Upper Baram 2,900 3,700 Kenyah, Mainstream Christianity 80.0 % 6.0 %
Kenyah, Wahau 1,100 10,000 Kenyah, Wahau Christianity 72.0 % 4.0 %
 Kenyah, Western 3,200 5,000 Uma' Lasan Christianity 60.0 % 5.0 %
 Kimaragan, Tandek 24,000 24,000 Kimaragang Christianity 60.0 % 4.0 %
 Kinabatangan, Upper 4,000 4,000 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 50.0 % 6.0 %
 Kintaq 100 300 Kintaq E Ethnic Religions 1.2 % 1.0 %
 Kristang, Mallacan Portuguese Creole 14,000 38,000 Malaccan Creole Portuguese Christianity 90.0 % 5.0 %
 Lahanan 800 800 Lahanan E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Lakiput 2,900 2,900 Kiput Christianity 65.0 % 1.0 %
 Lanas Lobu 6,000 6,000 Lobu, Lanas E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 6.0 %
 Land Dayak, Lara 16,000 30,000 Bakati', Rara E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 4.3 %
 Lanoh 300 300 Lanoh E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.0 %
 Lundayeh, Lun Bawang 27,000 53,000 Lun Bawang Islam 25.0 % 5.0 %
 Mah Meri, Besisi 3,800 3,800 Mah Meri E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.9 %
 Malay 5,835,000 10,468,000 Malay Islam 0.5 % 0.5 %
 Malay, East Malaysia 280,000 280,000 Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Malay, Kedah 3,123,000 3,130,000 Malay, Kedah Islam 0.5 % 0.4 %
 Malay, Riau 116,000 2,109,000 Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Malayali, Malayalam 170,000 1,744,000 Malayalam Hinduism 8.0 % 1.5 %
 Mamak 120,000 145,000 Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Melanau, Belanau 133,000 133,000 Melanau, Central Islam 5.0 % 2.5 %
 Mendriq 200 200 Minriq E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 1.0 %
Millikin 4,600 4,600 Remun E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 2.0 %
 Minangkabau, Orang Negeri 902,000 902,000 Negeri Sembilan Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Mintil 200 200 Mintil E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Molbog 7,400 19,000 Molbog Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Murik Kayan 2,900 2,900 Murik E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.8 %
 Murut, Kalabakan 3,100 3,100 Kalabakan E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 1.0 %
 Murut, Keningau, Central 9,200 9,200 Keningau Murut Christianity 55.0 % 6.0 %
 Murut, Okolod, Kolur 2,200 6,400 Okolod E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.8 %
 Murut, Pandewan 1,700 1,700 Paluan E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.6 %
 Murut, Selungai 800 1,700 Selungai Murut E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 12.0 %
 Murut, Sembakung 2,800 6,800 Sembakung Murut E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 9.0 %
 Murut, Serudung 500 500 Serudung Murut E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 1.0 %
 Murut, Sook, Peluan 4,600 4,600 Paluan Islam 8.0 % 0.6 %
 Murut, Tagal 18,000 20,000 Tagal Murut Christianity 70.0 % 12.0 %
 Murut, Timogun 9,800 9,800 Timugon Murut Christianity 65.0 % 4.0 %
Narom 6,300 6,300 Narom Islam 4.0 % 0.2 %
 Nepalese 225,000 751,000 Nepali Hinduism 2.0 % 1.8 %
 Orang Kanaq Unknown 90 Orang Kanaq E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.0 %
 Orang Kuala, Duano 4,700 22,000 Duano Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Orang Pantai Timur 2,452,000 2,452,000 Malay Islam 0.5 % 0.4 %
 Orang Seletar 1,800 3,000 Orang Seletar E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 3.0 %
 Pashtun, Northern 5,800 43,303,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Penan 11,000 11,000 Penan, Eastern E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.3 %
 Punan Bah-Biau 1,200 1,200 Penan, Bah-Biau E Ethnic Religions 16.0 % 2.0 %
Punan-Nibong 3,900 4,000 Penan, Western E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Punjabi 65,000 2,574,000 Panjabi, Eastern O Other / Small 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Rejang Kayan, Lisum 7,900 7,900 Kayan, Rejang E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 6.0 %
 Rohingya 40,000 1,848,000 Rohingya Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sa'ban, Saban 1,600 2,600 Sa'ban Christianity 70.0 % 15.0 %
Sabum 1,200 1,200 Malay, Ambonese E Ethnic Religions 0.6 % 0.6 %
 Sama Bangingi, Northern Sama 5,100 99,000 Sama, Balangingih Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sama, Southern 18,000 254,000 Sama, Southern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sea Dayak, Iban 687,000 729,000 Iban E Ethnic Religions 42.0 % 14.0 %
 Sebuyau, Sabuyan 23,000 23,000 Sebuyau E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.4 %
 Sekapan 2,000 2,000 Sekapan E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 6.0 %
 Semai, Central Sakai 56,000 56,000 Semai E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 3.3 %
 Semelai 4,500 4,500 Semelai E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.1 %
Semnam 900 900 Semnam E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Semoq Beri 2,300 2,300 Semaq Beri E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.3 %
Sian Unknown 70 Sian E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.0 %
Siduan, Seduan 1,100 1,100 Melanau, Sibu Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sinabu 900 900 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 42.0 % 6.0 %
 Sindhi 28,000 234,000 Sindhi Hinduism 1.0 % 0.0 %
 Sinhalese 4,200 11,739,000 Sinhala Buddhism 2.0 % 0.1 %
 Sino-Native 28,000 28,000 Chinese, Mandarin E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 0.5 %
 Sonsogon 4,600 4,600 Kimaragang E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.5 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 28,000 1,557,000 Bengali Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Straits Chinese, Baba Creole 244,000 263,000 Malay, Baba E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 3.0 %
 Tambanua, Paitan 14,000 14,000 Tombonuo Islam 20.0 % 5.9 %
 Tamil 1,798,000 7,476,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.0 % 3.0 %
 Tamil, Jaffna 31,000 31,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tampias Lobu 4,000 4,000 Lobu, Tampias E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 2.0 %
Tanjong 200 200 Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 0.0 %
 Tatana 14,000 14,000 Tatana E Ethnic Religions 14.0 % 0.5 %
 Tausug, Sulu 209,000 1,465,000 Tausug Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Telugu 114,000 773,000 Telugu Hinduism 4.0 % 1.5 %
 Temiar 17,000 17,000 Temiar E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 0.6 %
 Temoq 800 800 Temoq E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.0 %
 Temuan, Benua 29,000 29,000 Temuan E Ethnic Religions 5.8 % 5.2 %
 Thai, Central 28,000 19,924,000 Thai Buddhism 0.5 % 0.4 %
 Thai, Southern 3,900 4,950,000 Thai, Southern Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tidung, Nonukan 28,000 58,000 Tidong E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 1.6 %
 Tinagas, Southern 2,800 2,800 Kota Marudu Tinagas E Ethnic Religions 22.0 % 5.0 %
 Tobilang 10,000 10,000 Tobilung E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 6.0 %
Tonga 100 500 Tonga E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
Tring 700 700 Tring E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 2.0 %
Tring, Tringus 1,000 1,000 Bidayuh, Tringgus-Sembaan E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 3.0 %
Tungara, Tingara 3,800 3,800 Bookan Christianity 60.0 % 4.0 %
 Tutong, Bisayan 23,000 66,000 Bisaya, Brunei E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 6.0 %
Ukit 300 300 Ukit E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.4 %
 Urdu 14,000 1,682,000 Urdu Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Vietnamese 97,000 83,742,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 8.0 % 1.2 %
 Wolio 17,000 250,000 Wolio Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Yakan, Yacan 1,100 181,000 Yakan Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
  Totals:  185 30,219,000 84       8.4 % 3.2 %  
  Unclassified / Other Individuals: 12,000  
  UN Country Population (2015) 30,231,000  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
6.7 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.2 %)
8.4 %
Ethnic Religions
16.4 %
Hinduism
5.7 %
Islam
55.8 %
Non-Religious
6.6 %
Other / Small Religions
0.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.8 %
Independent
19.5 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
2.7 %
Protestant
35.5 %
Roman Catholic
41.3 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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  • Church planting agencies in Malaysia
  • Christian ministry in Malaysia
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  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
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