Deaf in Malaysia





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Introduction / History

The Deaf are found throughout the country of Malaysia. There are no known areas where the population is higher than normal/average for the Deaf throughout the world, (i.e. between 1 and 3 per thousand of the population of the country). More than 50% are "unreachable" since it is against the Malaysian constitution for the Muslims to be evangelized. There are a handful of churches with a ministry to the non-Muslim Deaf, at least one of which has a semi-independent Deaf church within the premises of the church.

The adult Deaf tend to congregate in cities or towns where they can find jobs and socialize with other Deaf. In Malaysia each state has at least one school for Deaf children, with a total of 23 elementary schools, two vocational schools and one secondary school. Most are residential schools where local Deaf children live at home. There are also private deaf schools: two registered elementary schools and other non-registered private schools. Sometimes conditions are not good for the children in these schools while in other schools the children can live more comfortably. In the State of Sabah there are several private kindergartens for Deaf children. For primary one, the children go to the regular Deaf school. The language of the Deaf, Malaysian Sign Language, is not taught in school and the teachers discourage its use. The teachers (except for the Deaf teachers) only know and use Signing Exact Malay, using the word order and other aspects of the grammar of the national language.

The Deaf of Malaysia usually are gainfully employed, though often in low-paying jobs. There are a few graduates of Gallaudet University and some Malaysian universities colleges and polytechnic colleges, who have fairly good jobs.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Malaysia 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Deaf
People Cluster Deaf
People Name General Deaf
Ethnic Code
People ID 19007
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chinese Sign Language Selangor Sign Language Penang Sign Language Malaysian Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese Sign Language Selangor Sign Language
Penang Sign Language Malaysian Sign Language
For Primary Language: Malaysian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Door International Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
6.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.90 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
14.00 %
6.00 %
63.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
10.0 %
8.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
16.0 %
34.0 %
Roman Catholic
32.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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