The Cocos Malays are the majority population of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a territory of Australia. The Malay were the first permanent inhabitants of the island, along with Alexander Hare. They were brought as slaves and members of his harem. When a previous claimant, John Clunies-Ross, arrived a year later in 1827, he took the island back, employing the existing population in the harvest of coconuts. Because of the unbroken European rule of the islands, the culture has been mostly Western. The Cocos Malay have their own dress code. Those in the Australian mainland, however, conform to Australian dress habits. They have their own language, but to function in Australia, they must be fluent in English.
Since they don’t have any Christ followers among them, the Cocos Islands Malay Muslims will be hard-pressed to give the gospel a chance.
There are plenty of vibrant Christian believers in the Cocos Islands who can reach out to them.
Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among families and communities. Pray for the Lord to anoint and thrust our workers to the Cocos Malay people. Pray for them to understand that the Lord wants to bless them with spiritual abundance.
Scripture Prayers for the Malay, Cocos Islands in Australia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Malay, Cocos Islands|
|People Name in Country||Malay, Cocos Islands|
|Natural Name||Cocos Islands Malay|
|Alternate Names||Cocos Islander; Kukus|
|Population this Country||1,300|
|Population all Countries||8,500|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Australia and Pacific|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Cocos (Keeling) Islands Territory; Christmas Island Territory. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Malay, Cocos Islands (1,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||coa Ethnologue Listing|