Nepalese in Malaysia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Nepal, which is located between two giant nations, China and India, is a small land-locked country. Economically, Nepal is considered as one of the least developed countries. Therefore, quite a considerable number of Nepalese work abroad due to the absence of employment within the country. The Nepalese migrant workers are people from Nepal who have come to Peninsular Malaysia, especially urban areas, to earn more income. There are about a hundred thousand legally employed Nepalese workers in Malaysia. However, an estimate of another hundred thousand Nepalese work as illegal immigrants in the country for reasons such as closure of factories or when manpower or placement agencies take advantage of them by retaining large portions of their salaries that is why they prefer to find a job on their own. Nepali is the major language spoken. They also speak different dialects since they all come from different places in Nepal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Majority of the Nepalese who come to Malaysia work in plantations and factories such as electronics, cosmetics, steel, and furniture. Others work in restaurants as cooks, shopping malls, printing press, and as security guards. Most of the Nepalese who go abroad are educated male from middle class families. They go abroad with a hope of earning much within a short period of time.

Generally, the work contract that most of the Nepalese get is about two to three years. Once the second year is over, the employers or business owners will provide an airfare for them to go back to their country if they want to. If the business owners pay and treat them well, they tend to stay another year to work.

The Nepalese are warm and friendly people. They value their relationship with each other and would help other fellow Nepalese when they are able to.

Many of the Nepalese migrant workers go through a lot of challenges in coming to Malaysia. The loan sharks at manpower agencies prey on the vulnerable and the desperate. Usually, the family of the worker has to sell land or take on a huge loan to be able to send abroad the relative who wants to work abroad. They have a big responsibility to pay back whatever they owe to their relatives that's why they need to work hard.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nepalese adhere to Hinduism. Despite being far from their country, they still celebrate festivals such as the Dashain (celebration of great victory of the gods over the wicked demons which falls either in October or November) and Deepavali (festival of lights). For these festivals, they can ask the employers for at least one day holiday.

What Are Their Needs?

Many Nepalese are cheated and exploited by manpower agencies who take away a large amount of the workers' earnings in illegal deposits or commissions, often up to three times the actual cost of a job. Some are not treated very well by business owners and are forced to work hard with very low salary.

Language is also one of the challenges that the Nepalese face since most of them cannot speak English or Bahasa Malaysia, Malaysia's official language. As a result, some factory owners are sending them back to Nepal and are getting workers from China into Malaysia to work in their factories. Pray that God will raise up local believers in Malaysia to help with the legal issues concerning the welfare of the Nepalese migrant workers.

Profile Source:   Southeast Asia Link - SEALINK   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Nepalese
People Name in Country Nepalese
Population in Malaysia 225,000
World Population 751,000
Countries 6
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Eastern Pahari, Gurkha, Gurkhali, Gurung, Nepalese, Eastern, Paharia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Nepalese
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 13317
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (225,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 225,000
For Primary Language: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Nepali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Nepali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
16.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.80 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
76.00 %
4.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
84.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
1.0 %
Photo Source: Galen Frysinger  
Map Source: Southeast Asia Link - SEALINK   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Southeast Asia Link - SEALINK   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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