Country: Malaysia

Number of People Groups

186

People Groups Unreached

86

Total Population

29,848,000

Unreached Population

15,435,000

% Christian Adherent

8.4%

% Evangelical

3.2 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion %
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Abai Sungai 1,400 Abai Sungai Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Americans, U.S. 8,400 English Christianity 79.0 % 28.0 %
 Arab 14,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.2 % 0.0 %
 Badjao, Sama, Central 19,000 Sama, Central E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.5 %
 Bajau Bukit, Papar 1,300 Papar Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bajau Kagayan, Sama Mapun 16,000 Mapun Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bajau, West Coast 71,000 Bajau, West Coast Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Balau 11,000 Balau E Ethnic Religions 34.0 % 6.0 %
 Balinese 5,600 Bali Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Banjarese, Banjar Malay 1,256,000 Banjar Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Baram Kayan 11,000 Kayan, Baram Christianity 65.0 % 4.0 %
 Bateq, Kleb 1,200 Batek E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.5 %
 Batu Punan 1,200 Punan Batu 1 E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 1.0 %
 Bawean 54,000 Madura Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Beketan, Manketa 300 Bukitan Christianity 70.0 % 6.0 %
Belait 500 Belait Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bengal 28,000 Bengali Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Berawan, Central 1,600 Berawan, Central E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.5 %
Berawan, East 1,200 Berawan, East E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.8 %
Berawan, West 1,100 Berawan, West E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.0 %
 Biatah, Bideyu 88,000 Bidayuh, Biatah Christianity 65.0 % 5.0 %
 Bintulu 11,000 Bintulu E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 1.0 %
 Bisaya, Sabah Bisaya 22,000 Bisaya, Sabah Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bonggi 1,500 Bonggi E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 1.5 %
 British 15,000 English Christianity 61.0 % 8.0 %
 Brunei Malay, Kedayan 70,000 Brunei Islam 5.0 % 0.3 %
 Bugis, Buginese 24,000 Bugis Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Bukar Sadong, Bidayuh 68,000 Bidayuh, Bukar-Sadong Christianity 60.0 % 5.0 %
 Burmese, Myen 28,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.5 % 0.2 %
 Cham, Western 13,000 Cham, Western Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Che Wong, Siwang 500 Cheq Wong E Ethnic Religions 0.5 % 0.5 %
 Chitties, Malaaccan Creole Malay 400 Malaccan Creole Malay Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Cocos Islander, Kukus 5,500 Malay, Cocos Islands Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Daro-Matu 20,000 Melanau, Daro-Matu Islam 8.0 % 5.9 %
 Dayak, Kendayan, Selako 15,000 Kendayan E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 0.4 %
Dayak, Sarawak, Jagoi 28,000 Bidayuh, Bau E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 4.8 %
 Deaf Unknown Malaysian Sign Language Islam 10.0 % 0.9 %
 Dumpas 1,500 Dumpas E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.4 %
 Dusun, Bundu 67,000 Dusun, Central Christianity 70.0 % 5.0 %
 Dusun, Central 194,000 Dusun, Central Christianity 75.0 % 7.0 %
 Dusun, Keningau 1,500 Gana E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 3.0 %
 Dusun, Kuala Monsok 300 Dusun, Central Christianity 70.0 % 4.0 %
 Dusun, Kwijau 11,000 Kuijau E Ethnic Religions 25.0 % 6.0 %
 Dusun, Minokok 1,400 Minokok E Ethnic Religions 35.0 % 7.0 %
Dusun, Murut 2,300 Keningau Murut E Ethnic Religions 48.0 % 7.0 %
 Dusun, Rungus, Momogun 60,000 Rungus Christianity 65.0 % 5.0 %
 Dusun, Segama 800 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 70.0 % 4.0 %
 Dusun, Sugut 17,000 Dusun, Sugut E Ethnic Religions 35.0 % 6.0 %
 Dusun, Sungai 48,000 Dusun, Central Christianity 40.0 % 7.0 %
 Dusun, Tambunan 22,000 Dusun, Tambunan Christianity 65.0 % 4.0 %
 Dusun, Tempasuk 15,000 Dusun, Tempasuk E Ethnic Religions 25.0 % 7.0 %
 Dusun, Tuaran, Lotud 11,000 Lotud E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 5.0 %
 Eurasian, Euronesian 56,000 English Christianity 60.0 % 12.0 %
 Filipino, Tagalog 451,000 Tagalog Christianity 92.0 % 12.0 %
 Garo, Kimaragang 2,500 Kota Marudu Talantang Christianity 70.0 % 21.4 %
 Gujarati 28,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 1,380,000 Chinese, Yue E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 6.5 %
 Han Chinese, Hainanese 388,000 Chinese, Min Nan E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 1,709,000 Chinese, Hakka E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 8.0 %
 Han Chinese, Hokkien 1,881,000 Chinese, Min Nan E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 7.5 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 975,000 Chinese, Mandarin E Ethnic Religions 9.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Min Bei 380,000 Chinese, Min Bei E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Min Dong 253,000 Chinese, Min Dong E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 2.0 %
 Han Chinese, Puxian 28,000 Chinese, Pu-Xian E Ethnic Religions 9.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Teochew 993,000 Chinese, Min Nan E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 5.0 %
 Han Chinese, Xiang 63,000 Chinese, Xiang E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 1.0 %
 Hindi 56,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Hui 14,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Ida'an, Eraans 6,900 Ida'an E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 5.0 %
 Indonesian 787,000 Indonesian Islam 15.0 % 5.6 %
 Iranun 17,000 Iranun Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Iu Mien 100 Iu Mien E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.0 %
Jagoi-Bisingai 9,500 Bidayuh, Bau E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 0.5 %
 Jah Hut, Cheres 3,400 Jah Hut E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 0.1 %
 Jakun, Djakun 30,000 Jakun E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Japanese 14,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.5 % 0.5 %
 Javanese, Orang Jawa 633,000 Javanese Islam 14.0 % 7.0 %
 Jehai 1,500 Jehai E Ethnic Religions 33.0 % 20.0 %
 Kadazan, Coastal, Papar 32,000 Kadazan, Coastal E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 10.0 %
 Kadazan, Coastal, Penampang 72,000 Kadazan, Coastal E Ethnic Religions 27.0 % 6.0 %
 Kadazan, Eastern 28,000 Kadazan, Labuk-Kinabatangan Christianity 60.0 % 25.4 %
 Kadazan, Klias River 2,300 Kadazan, Klias River E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 3.0 %
Kanarese, Canarese 56,000 Kannada Hinduism 3.0 % 0.0 %
 Kanowit 200 Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 0.0 %
Kayaman, Kejaman 1,100 Kajaman E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.5 %
 Kelabit 4,900 Kelabit Christianity 60.0 % 5.0 %
 Kenyah, Kelinyau, Madang 1,800 Kenyah, Mainstream Christianity 75.0 % 6.0 %
 Kenyah, Sibop, Sabup 4,400 Sebop Islam 10.0 % 2.0 %
 Kenyah, Tutoh, Lugat 1,500 Long Wat Christianity 75.0 % 6.0 %
 Kenyah, Upper Baram 2,900 Kenyah, Mainstream Christianity 80.0 % 6.0 %
Kenyah, Wahau 1,100 Kenyah, Wahau Christianity 72.0 % 4.0 %
 Kenyah, Western 3,200 Uma' Lasan Christianity 60.0 % 5.0 %
 Kimaragan, Tandek 24,000 Kimaragang Christianity 60.0 % 4.0 %
 Kinabatangan, Upper 3,900 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 50.0 % 6.0 %
 Kintaq 100 Kintaq E Ethnic Religions 1.2 % 1.0 %
 Kristang, Mallacan Portuguese Creole 14,000 Malaccan Creole Portuguese Christianity 90.0 % 5.0 %
 Lahanan 700 Lahanan E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Lakiput 2,900 Kiput Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Lanas Lobu 5,900 Lobu, Lanas E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 6.0 %
 Land Dayak, Lara 16,000 Bakati', Rara E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 4.3 %
 Lanoh 300 Lanoh E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.0 %
 Lundayeh, Lun Bawang 26,000 Lun Bawang Islam 25.0 % 5.0 %
 Mah Meri, Besisi 3,800 Mah Meri E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.9 %
 Malay 5,761,000 Malay Islam 0.5 % 0.5 %
 Malay, East Malaysia 277,000 Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Malay, Kedah 3,083,000 Malay, Kedah Islam 0.5 % 0.4 %
 Malay, Riau 114,000 Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Malayali, Malayalam 168,000 Malayalam Hinduism 8.0 % 1.5 %
 Mamak 118,000 Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Melanau, Belanau 131,000 Melanau, Central Islam 5.0 % 2.5 %
 Mendriq 200 Minriq E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 1.0 %
Millikin 4,500 Remun E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 2.0 %
 Minangkabau, Orang Negeri 891,000 Negeri Sembilan Malay Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Mintil 200 Mintil E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Molbog 7,300 Molbog Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Murik Kayan 2,900 Murik E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.8 %
 Murut, Kalabakan 3,100 Kalabakan E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 1.0 %
 Murut, Keningau, Central 9,100 Keningau Murut Christianity 55.0 % 6.0 %
 Murut, Okolod, Kolur 2,200 Okolod E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.8 %
 Murut, Pandewan 1,700 Paluan E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.6 %
 Murut, Selungai 800 Selungai Murut E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 12.0 %
 Murut, Sembakung 2,800 Sembakung Murut E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 9.0 %
 Murut, Serudung 500 Serudung Murut E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 1.0 %
 Murut, Sook, Peluan 4,500 Paluan Islam 8.0 % 0.6 %
 Murut, Tagal 18,000 Tagal Murut Christianity 70.0 % 12.0 %
 Murut, Timogun 9,600 Timugon Murut Christianity 65.0 % 4.0 %
Narom 6,200 Narom Islam 4.0 % 0.2 %
 Nepalese 222,000 Nepali Hinduism 2.0 % 1.8 %
 Orang Kanaq Unknown Orang Kanaq E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.0 %
 Orang Kuala, Duano 4,700 Duano Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Orang Pantai Timur 2,421,000 Malay Islam 0.5 % 0.4 %
 Orang Seletar 1,800 Orang Seletar E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 3.0 %
 Pashtun, Northern 5,700 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Penan 10,000 Penan, Eastern E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.3 %
 Punan Bah-Biau 1,200 Penan, Bah-Biau E Ethnic Religions 16.0 % 2.0 %
Punan-Nibong 3,900 Penan, Western E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Punjabi 64,000 Panjabi, Eastern O Other / Small 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Rejang Kayan, Lisum 7,800 Kayan, Rejang E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 6.0 %
 Rohingya 11,000 Rohingya Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sa'ban, Saban 1,500 Sa'ban Christianity 70.0 % 15.0 %
Sabum 1,200 Malay, Ambonese E Ethnic Religions 0.6 % 0.6 %
 Sakai, Mani 300 Kensiu E Ethnic Religions 1.3 % 0.0 %
 Sama Bangingi, Northern Sama 5,000 Sama, Balangingih Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sama, Southern 17,000 Sama, Southern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sea Dayak, Iban 678,000 Iban E Ethnic Religions 42.0 % 14.0 %
 Sebuyau, Sabuyan 23,000 Sebuyau E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 0.4 %
 Sekapan 1,900 Sekapan E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 6.0 %
 Semai, Central Sakai 55,000 Semai E Ethnic Religions 6.0 % 3.3 %
 Semelai 4,500 Semelai E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.1 %
Semnam 900 Semnam E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Semoq Beri 2,200 Semaq Beri E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.3 %
Sian Unknown Sian E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 0.0 %
Siduan, Seduan 1,100 Melanau, Sibu Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Sinabu 900 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 42.0 % 6.0 %
 Sindhi 28,000 Sindhi Hinduism 1.0 % 0.0 %
 Sinhalese 28,000 Sinhala Buddhism 2.0 % 0.1 %
 Sino-Native 28,000 Chinese, Mandarin E Ethnic Religions 8.0 % 0.5 %
 Sonsogon 4,600 Kimaragang E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 0.5 %
 Straits Chinese, Baba Creole 241,000 Malay, Baba E Ethnic Religions 5.0 % 3.0 %
 Tambanua, Paitan 14,000 Tombonuo Islam 20.0 % 5.9 %
 Tamil 1,775,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.0 % 3.0 %
 Tamil, Jaffna 31,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tampias Lobu 4,000 Lobu, Tampias E Ethnic Religions 18.0 % 2.0 %
Tanjong 200 Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong E Ethnic Religions 2.0 % 0.0 %
 Tatana 14,000 Tatana E Ethnic Religions 14.0 % 0.5 %
 Tausug, Sulu 206,000 Tausug Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Telugu 112,000 Telugu Hinduism 4.0 % 1.5 %
 Temiar 17,000 Temiar E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 0.6 %
 Temoq 700 Temoq E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.0 %
 Temuan, Benua 28,000 Temuan E Ethnic Religions 5.8 % 5.2 %
 Thai, Central 28,000 Thai Buddhism 0.5 % 0.4 %
 Thai, Southern 3,900 Thai, Southern Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tidung, Nonukan 28,000 Tidong E Ethnic Religions 12.0 % 1.6 %
 Tinagas, Southern 2,800 Kota Marudu Tinagas E Ethnic Religions 22.0 % 5.0 %
 Tobilang 10,000 Tobilung E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 6.0 %
Tonga 100 Tonga E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
Tring 700 Tring E Ethnic Religions 0.0 % 0.0 %
Tring, Tringus 1,000 Bidayuh, Tringgus-Sembaan E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 3.0 %
Tungara, Tingara 3,800 Bookan Christianity 60.0 % 4.0 %
 Turk 400 Turkish Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Tutong, Bisayan 23,000 Bisaya, Brunei E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 6.0 %
Ukit 300 Ukit E Ethnic Religions 3.0 % 0.4 %
 Urdu 14,000 Urdu Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Vietnamese 96,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 8.0 % 1.2 %
 Wolio 17,000 Wolio Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Yakan, Yacan 1,100 Yakan Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
  Totals:  186 29,752,000 86     8.4 % 3.2 %  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
6.8 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.2 %)
8.4 %
Ethnic Religions
16.4 %
Hinduism
5.7 %
Islam
55.6 %
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
41.2 %
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
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
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