Country: Malaysia

Number of People Groups

187

People Groups Unreached

84 (44.9%)

Total Population

30,638,000

Unreached Population

16,050,000 (52.4%)

% Professing Christian

8.5%

% Evangelical

3.26 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

92 %

10/40 Window

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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
 Abai Sungai 1,400 1,400 Abai Sungai Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Acehnese 81,000 3,526,000 Aceh Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Americans, U.S. 8,500 188,897,000 English Christianity 79.00 % 28.00 %
 Arab 14,000 1,020,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.20 % 0.00 %
 Bajau Bukit, Papar 1,900 1,900 Papar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bajau Kagayan, Sama Mapun 16,000 63,000 Mapun Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bajau, West Coast 71,000 83,000 Bajau, West Coast Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Balau 11,000 11,000 Balau Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 6.00 %
 Balinese 5,700 3,979,000 Bali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Banjarese, Banjar Malay 25,000 4,202,000 Banjar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Baram Kayan 11,000 11,000 Kayan, Baram Christianity 65.00 % 4.00 %
 Bateq, Kleb 1,200 1,200 Batek Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Batu Punan 1,200 1,200 Punan Batu 1 Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 %
 Bawean 54,000 183,000 Madura Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Beketan, Manketa 300 1,000 Bukitan Christianity 70.00 % 6.00 %
Belait 500 1,600 Belait Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Berawan, Central 1,600 1,600 Berawan, Central Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 %
Berawan, East 1,200 1,200 Berawan, East Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.80 %
Berawan, West 1,100 1,100 Berawan, West Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.00 %
 Biatah, Bideyu 89,000 100,000 Bidayuh, Biatah Christianity 65.00 % 5.00 %
 Bintulu 11,000 11,000 Bintulu Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 %
 Bisaya, Sabah Bisaya 70,000 84,000 Bisaya, Sabah Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bonggi 5,000 5,000 Bonggi Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 1.50 %
 British 15,000 51,662,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 %
 Brunei Malay, Kedayan 350,000 537,000 Brunei Islam 5.00 % 0.30 %
 Bugis, Buginese 139,000 6,643,000 Bugis Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Bukar Sadong, Bidayuh 68,000 79,000 Bidayuh, Bukar-Sadong Christianity 60.00 % 5.00 %
 Burmese 28,000 31,524,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.50 % 0.17 %
 Cham, Western 13,000 294,000 Cham, Western Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Che Wong, Siwang 500 500 Cheq Wong Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.49 %
 Chitties, Malaaccan Creole Malay 400 400 Malaccan Creole Malay Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Cocos Islander, Kukus 5,600 7,200 Malay, Cocos Islands Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Daro-Matu 20,000 20,000 Melanau, Daro-Matu Islam 8.00 % 5.92 %
 Dayak, Kendayan, Selako 15,000 381,000 Kendayan Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.40 %
Dayak, Sarawak, Jagoi 28,000 28,000 Bidayuh, Bau Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 4.84 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Malaysian Sign Language Islam 10.00 % 0.90 %
 Dumpas 4,000 4,000 Dumpas Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.40 %
 Dusun, Bundu 68,000 68,000 Dusun, Kadazan Christianity 70.00 % 5.00 %
 Dusun, Central 197,000 197,000 Dusun, Kadazan Christianity 75.00 % 7.00 %
 Dusun, Keningau 2,000 2,000 Gana Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 3.00 %
 Dusun, Kuala Monsok 300 300 Dusun, Kadazan Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 %
 Dusun, Kwijau 11,000 21,000 Kuijau Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 6.00 %
 Dusun, Minokok 1,400 1,400 Minokok Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 7.00 %
Dusun, Murut 2,300 2,300 Murut, Keningau Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 7.00 %
 Dusun, Rungus, Momogun 60,000 60,000 Rungus Christianity 65.00 % 5.00 %
 Dusun, Segama 800 800 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 %
 Dusun, Sugut 17,000 17,000 Dusun, Sugut Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 6.00 %
 Dusun, Sungai 49,000 49,000 Dusun, Kadazan Christianity 40.00 % 7.00 %
 Dusun, Tambunan 22,000 22,000 Dusun, Tambunan Christianity 65.00 % 4.00 %
 Dusun, Tempasuk 16,000 16,000 Dusun, Tempasuk Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 7.00 %
 Dusun, Tuaran, Lotud 20,000 20,000 Lotud Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 5.00 %
 Eurasian, Euronesian 57,000 1,793,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 12.00 %
 Filipino, Tagalog 456,000 35,942,000 Tagalog Christianity 92.00 % 12.00 %
 Garo, Kimaragang 2,500 2,500 Kota Marudu Talantang Christianity 70.00 % 21.43 %
 Gujarati 28,000 1,639,000 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 1,396,000 77,290,000 Chinese, Yue Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 7.00 %
 Han Chinese, Hainanese 392,000 6,408,000 Chinese, Min Nan Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 1,729,000 42,650,000 Chinese, Hakka Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 8.00 %
 Han Chinese, Hokkien 1,903,000 56,118,000 Chinese, Min Nan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 8.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 986,000 854,535,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Min Bei 384,000 3,324,000 Chinese, Min Bei Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Min Dong 256,000 10,320,000 Chinese, Min Dong Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 2.00 %
 Han Chinese, Puxian 29,000 3,042,000 Chinese, Pu-Xian Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Teochew 1,004,000 1,740,000 Chinese, Min Nan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Xiang 63,000 38,256,000 Chinese, Xiang Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 1.00 %
 Hindi 57,000 1,395,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Hui 14,000 13,627,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Ida'an, Eraans 15,000 15,000 Ida'an Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 5.00 %
 Indonesian 796,000 6,502,000 Indonesian Islam 15.00 % 5.60 %
Iranun, Sabah 30,000 30,000 Iranun Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Jagoi-Bisingai 9,600 9,600 Bidayuh, Bau Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.50 %
 Jah Hut, Cheres 3,400 3,400 Jah Hut Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.10 %
 Jakun, Djakun 30,000 30,000 Jakun Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Japanese 14,000 124,985,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.50 % 0.50 %
 Javanese, Orang Jawa 640,000 17,480,000 Javanese Islam 14.00 % 7.00 %
 Jehai 1,500 1,700 Jehai Ethnic Religions 33.00 % 20.00 %
 Kadazan, Coastal, Papar 32,000 32,000 Kadazan, Coastal Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 10.00 %
 Kadazan, Coastal, Penampang 73,000 73,000 Kadazan, Coastal Ethnic Religions 27.00 % 6.00 %
 Kadazan, Eastern 29,000 29,000 Kadazan, Labuk-Kinabatangan Christianity 60.00 % 25.40 %
 Kadazan, Klias River 2,000 2,000 Kadazan, Klias River Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 3.00 %
Kanarese 57,000 81,000 Kannada Hinduism 3.00 % 0.00 %
 Kanowit 200 200 Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %
Kayaman, Kejaman 1,100 1,100 Kajaman Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.50 %
 Kelabit 4,900 5,700 Kelabit Christianity 60.00 % 5.00 %
 Kensiu 300 600 Kensiu Ethnic Religions 1.30 % 0.00 %
 Kenyah, Kelinyau, Madang 15,000 17,000 Kenyah, Mainstream Christianity 75.00 % 6.00 %
 Kenyah, Sibop, Sabup 4,500 4,500 Sebop Islam 10.00 % 2.00 %
 Kenyah, Tutoh, Lugat 1,600 1,600 Long Wat Christianity 75.00 % 6.00 %
 Kenyah, Upper Baram 25,000 26,000 Kenyah, Mainstream Christianity 80.00 % 6.00 %
Kenyah, Wahau 1,100 11,000 Kenyah, Wahau Christianity 72.00 % 4.00 %
 Kenyah, Western 3,200 4,900 Uma' Lasan Christianity 60.00 % 5.00 %
 Kimaragan, Tandek 24,000 24,000 Kimaragang Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
 Kinabatangan, Upper 14,000 14,000 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 50.00 % 6.00 %
 Kintaq 100 200 Kintaq Ethnic Religions 1.20 % 1.00 %
 Kota Marudu Tinagas 2,800 2,800 Kota Marudu Tinagas Ethnic Religions 22.00 % 5.00 %
 Kristang, Mallacan Portuguese Creole 14,000 40,000 Malaccan Creole Portuguese Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 %
 Lahanan 700 700 Lahanan Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Lakiput 2,900 2,900 Kiput Christianity 65.00 % 1.00 %
 Lanas Lobu 5,000 5,000 Lobu, Lanas Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 6.00 %
 Land Dayak, Lara 16,000 30,000 Bakati', Rara Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 4.30 %
 Lanoh 400 400 Lanoh Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.00 %
 Lundayeh, Lun Bawang 27,000 54,000 Lun Bawang Christianity 80.00 % 16.00 %
 Mah Meri, Besisi 3,800 3,800 Mah Meri Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.90 %
 Malay 6,916,000 11,637,000 Malay Islam 0.50 % 0.45 %
 Malay, East Malaysia 280,000 280,000 Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Malay, Kedah 3,095,000 3,102,000 Malay, Kedah Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Malay, Riau 115,000 2,133,000 Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Malayali, Malayalam 170,000 1,249,000 Malayalam Hinduism 8.00 % 1.50 %
 Mamak, Talang 119,000 144,000 Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Melanau, Belanau 133,000 133,000 Melanau, Central Islam 5.00 % 2.50 %
 Mendriq 200 200 Minriq Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.00 %
Millikin 4,600 4,600 Remun Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 2.00 %
 Minangkabau, Orang Negeri 901,000 901,000 Negeri Sembilan Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Mintil 200 200 Mintil Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Molbog 2,500 14,000 Molbog Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Murik Kayan 2,900 2,900 Murik Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.80 %
 Murut, Kalabakan 3,100 3,100 Kalabakan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Murut, Keningau 9,200 9,200 Murut, Keningau Christianity 55.00 % 6.00 %
 Murut, Okolod, Kolur 2,200 6,500 Okolod Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 5.00 %
 Murut, Pandewan 1,700 1,700 Paluan Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.60 %
 Murut, Selungai 800 1,700 Murut, Selungai Ethnic Religions 15.00 % 12.00 %
 Murut, Sembakung 2,800 6,800 Murut, Sembakung Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 9.00 %
 Murut, Serudung 1,000 1,000 Murut, Serudung Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 1.00 %
 Murut, Sook, Paluan 4,500 4,500 Paluan Islam 8.00 % 0.60 %
 Murut, Tagal 50,000 52,000 Tahol Christianity 70.00 % 12.00 %
 Murut, Timogun 9,700 9,700 Murut, Timugon Christianity 65.00 % 4.00 %
Narom 4,200 4,200 Narom Islam 4.00 % 0.20 %
 Nepalese 224,000 756,000 Nepali Hinduism 2.00 % 1.80 %
 Orang Kanaq Unknown Unknown Orang Kanaq Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.00 %
 Orang Kuala, Duano 4,700 23,000 Duano Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Orang Pantai Timur 2,448,000 2,448,000 Malay Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Orang Seletar 1,800 3,000 Orang Seletar Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 3.00 %
 Pashtun, Northern 5,800 44,091,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Penan 11,000 11,000 Penan, Eastern Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.30 %
 Persian 40,000 40,090,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 3.00 % 1.80 %
 Punan Bah-Biau 1,200 1,200 Penan, Bah-Biau Ethnic Religions 16.00 % 2.00 %
Punan-Nibong 3,900 4,000 Penan, Western Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Punjabi 65,000 2,409,000 Punjabi, Eastern Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Rejang Kayan, Lisum 7,800 7,800 Kayan, Rejang Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 6.00 %
 Rohingya 40,000 1,936,000 Rohingya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sa'ban, Saban 1,500 2,600 Sa'ban Christianity 70.00 % 15.02 %
Sabum 1,200 1,200 Malay, Ambonese Ethnic Religions 0.60 % 0.56 %
 Sama Bangingi, Northern Sama 5,100 98,000 Sama, Balangingih Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sama, Southern 18,000 252,000 Sama, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sama-Bajau 19,000 141,000 Sama, Central Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
 Sea Dayak, Iban 686,000 729,000 Iban Ethnic Religions 42.00 % 14.00 %
 Sebuyau, Sabuyan 23,000 23,000 Sebuyau Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.40 %
 Sekapan 1,900 1,900 Sekapan Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 6.00 %
 Semai, Central Sakai 56,000 56,000 Semai Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 3.33 %
 Semelai 4,500 4,500 Semelai Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.10 %
Semnam 900 900 Semnam Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Semoq Beri 2,300 2,300 Semaq Beri Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.30 %
Sian Unknown Unknown Sian Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.00 %
Siduan, Seduan 1,100 1,100 Melanau, Sibu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Sinabu 900 900 Kinabatangan, Upper Christianity 42.00 % 6.00 %
 Sindhi 28,000 97,000 Sindhi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.00 %
 Sinhalese 4,200 11,080,000 Sinhala Buddhism 2.00 % 0.10 %
 Sino-Native 28,000 28,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.50 %
 Sonsogon 4,600 4,600 Kimaragang Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.50 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 78,000 1,475,000 Bengali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Straits Chinese, Baba Creole 244,000 264,000 Malay, Baba Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 3.00 %
 Tambanua, Paitan 14,000 14,000 Tombonuo Islam 20.00 % 5.90 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 1,796,000 7,260,000 Tamil Hinduism 6.00 % 3.00 %
 Tamil, Jaffna 31,000 31,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Tampias Lobu 4,000 4,000 Lobu, Tampias Ethnic Religions 18.00 % 2.00 %
Tanjong 200 200 Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.00 %
 Tatana 22,000 22,000 Tatana Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 0.50 %
 Tausug, Sulu 209,000 1,454,000 Tausug Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %
 Telugu 113,000 770,000 Telugu Hinduism 4.00 % 1.50 %
 Temiar 17,000 17,000 Temiar Ethnic Religions 7.00 % 0.60 %
 Temoq 700 700 Temoq Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.00 %
 Temuan, Benua 29,000 29,000 Temuan Ethnic Religions 5.80 % 5.20 %
 Thai, Central 28,000 20,175,000 Thai Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Thai, Southern 3,900 5,008,000 Thai, Southern Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tidung, Northern 20,000 20,000 Tidong, Northern Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 4.00 %
 Tidung, Southern 3,000 34,000 Tidong, Southern Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.64 %
 Tobilung 10,000 10,000 Tobilung Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 6.00 %
Tonga 100 400 Tonga Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
Tring 700 700 Tring Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 2.00 %
Tring, Tringus 1,000 1,000 Bidayuh, Tringgus-Sembaan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 %
Tungara, Tingara 3,800 3,800 Bookan Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 %
 Tutong, Bisayan 23,000 66,000 Bisaya, Brunei Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 6.00 %
Ukit 300 300 Ukit Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.40 %
 Urdu 14,000 1,751,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Vietnamese 97,000 83,842,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 8.00 % 1.20 %
 Wolio 17,000 253,000 Wolio Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Yakan, Yacan 1,100 179,000 Yakan Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  187 30,638,000       84   8.55 % 3.26 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 114,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 30,752,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
6.6 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.3 %)
8.5 %
Ethnic Religions
16.2 %
Hinduism
5.6 %
Islam
56.1 %
Non-Religious
6.5 %
Other / Small Religions
0.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.8 %
Independent
19.0 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
2.8 %
Protestant
35.5 %
Roman Catholic
41.5 %
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 groups who live 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 number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

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Malaysia Statistics
People Groups 187
Unreached People Groups 84  (44.9%)
Population 30,638,000
Population in Unreached 16,050,000  (52.4%)
Urbanization 74%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code MY
Official National Language Malay
Secondary National Language English
Literacy Rate 92%
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Professing Christian 8.5%
Percent Evangelical 3.3%
Country Progress Level 4
Persecution Ranking 30 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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