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42 Malaysia

WHO IS THE LEADER OF MALAYSIA?

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the leader of Malaysia.

Malaysia

HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN malaysia?

There are 2.9 million Christians in Malaysia – they make up just over nine per cent of the total population of 32 million.

The majority of Christians come from a Bumiputra background, which literally translates as ‘sons of the soil’ – they are part of the indigenous tribal population. Non-Bumiputra Christians come mainly from the Chinese and Indian ethnic minorities.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN malaysia?

While the state is officially secular, the constitution defines ethnically Malay people as Muslims, and leaving Islam is illegal for them in almost every state. Believers from Muslim backgrounds face the worst persecution.

The government has a policy of favouring Malay and indigenous people in terms of housing, schooling and tax benefits. However, in practice this only applies as long as they are Muslims. If they become Christians, their privileges are quickly withdrawn. Christians from the Indian and Chinese minorities also miss out on these benefits.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN MALAYSIA?

Christians from Muslim backgrounds often hide their faith and meet together in secret. If discovered, they could face rejection from their family, or be forced to divorce their partner. Occasionally they may be sent to a re-education camp, or simply ‘disappear’.

Churches are monitored by the government, and it is illegal to share the gospel with Malay Muslims.

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN malaysia?

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Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”

A PRAYER FOR MALAYSIA

Lord Jesus, please guide those who follow you in secret to communities where they may have fellowship with one another. Provide for believers in Malaysia who find themselves without communities and homes. Comfort and strengthen Christians who are treated as inferior citizens in their daily lives, that they would know their worth and value is found in You.

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