Malay, Cocos Islands in Malaysia


Population
5,600
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

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, and English adventurer. 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 majority of the group is Muslim. Some from this people group have migrated to Malaysia.


Where Are they Located?

About 600 Kukos people live on Cocos Island that is south of Java, but over 5,000 lives in Malaysia. Most of them live in a village called Kampung Cocos in Sabah, Malaysia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kukos people are so similar to the Malay majority that they blend in with them in Malaysia. They have their own dress that is similar to what the Malay wear. Women wear a loose tunic called a Baju Kebaya, and a skirt, called a sarong. Men wear a loose shirt called a Baju Melayu and pants. Their Malay dialect is considered to be unsophisticated by the Malay majority in Malaysia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like the Malay people, the Kukos are Sunni Muslim.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kukos people, be they on the Cocos Island or Malaysia, need the life transforming gospel. They need the chance to put their faith in Christ alone.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Kukos people to have the education and job opportunities that they need in Malaysia.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Kukos people that will lead them to the Bible for answers.
* Pray for Kukos leaders to have dreams and visions that will open their hearts to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a church planting movement that is defined by discipleship and love for Christ.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocos_Malays
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocos_(Keeling)_Islands


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Malay, Cocos Islands
People Name in Country Malay, Cocos Islands
Population in Malaysia 5,600
World Population 7,200
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Cocos Islander, Kukus
People ID 11399
ROP3 Code 102252
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sabah: Beluran, Lahad Datu and Tawau districts.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sabah: Beluran, Lahad Datu and Tawau districts..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Malay, Cocos Islands (5,600 speakers)
Language Code coa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malay, Cocos Islands
Primary Language Malay, Cocos Islands (5,600 speakers)
Language Code coa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malay, Cocos Islands

Primary Language:  Malay, Cocos Islands

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
80.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source John Colles Burland - Wikimedia Commons  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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