Though the Malay have roots in Hinduism, Islam was brought to Malaysia by traders many centuries ago and the Malay people have come to follow Islam ardently. Total population estimated as 17,309,400 in 24 countries. The Malay place great emphasis on family, yet one of the greatest challenges for Malay society is the breakdown of the family unit. Pray that the handful of Malay Christians will have an impact for good within their families. Pray, too, that families will come to faith and find restoration in Christ. More details here: Malay on Joshua Project
More than 100 Islamic studies teachers were ordered to attend a one-day seminar on the ‘threat’ of Christian proselytizing, according to The Jakarta Globe. The seminar was jointly organised by the state education department and Johor Mufti department. Pray against government-sponsored acts like this that continue to generate and spread confusion and hatred toward those who seek to share the gospel in Malaysia. Ask God to raise up His Church here and to strengthen them, sustain them and encourage them in their purpose to glorify His name. Pray that Jesus Christ would be made known.
The Mamak people of Malaysia (population 106,000) find their roots in the Tamil people of India. Mamak people value their culture and tradition but are still highly tolerant and respectful of other cultures. They enjoy talking about the glory of their past but are eager to look to the future. Pray for teams to be raised up to live and work among the Mamak. Pray for a widespread response to the Gospel and for strong local leaders and churches to emerge. Pray especially that current religious leaders would come to faith in Jesus.
Population: 31,610,000 (2017)
Official languages: Malay
GDP (PPP) per capita: $28,490 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 74 years
Religions: 60% Muslim, 19% Buddhist, 8% Protestant, 6% Hindi, 3% traditional Chinese beliefs, 1% Catholic, 3% other religions