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  • Leader: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
  • Population: 31.2 million (2.9 million Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Country fact sheet

Pressure on Christians is intensifying as the government and Islamic pressure groups increase their efforts to sideline the Christian minority.

Ethnic Malays are considered to be Muslims, and the constitution prevents Malays from converting to other religions. Non-Malay people, which includes most Christians, are treated as second class citizens. Christians from Muslim backgrounds face fierce persecution, but some are accepted by their families and lead them to Christ. A pastor was abducted in February 2017, and another pastor and his wife have been missing since November 2016.

Read more about persecution in Malaysia

Please Pray 

  • For protection and courage for new converts who are often kicked out of their homes, isolated from their communities, and sent to Islamic re-education camps
  • For change to the laws in Malaysia which prohibit conversions and evangelism
  • For the safe return of abducted Christians.

How Open Doors helps

Open Doors supports persecuted believers in South East Asia through:

  • Prayer support
  • Advocacy and awareness.

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