WORLD WATCH LIST

Malaysia

#50

Authorities monitor churches and forbid Christians from sharing their faith.

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“When I was a Muslim, I prayed five times a day… But I had never experienced anything like [Christ] before.”

– Aina, a believer from Malaysia

Country
Profile

Region
Asia
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
33,289,000
Christian population
3,028,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah
Score
63

What Does Persecution Look Like?

In Malaysia, every ethnic Malay is expected to be a Muslim. The government monitors churches and it is illegal to share the gospel with Malay Muslims.

Apart from the abduction of certain Christians in recent years, persecution has rarely been violent in Malaysia. There was some hope for a new openness to the gospel in Malaysia after elections in 2018, but persecution against followers of Jesus has not changed much at all.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Converts from Islam to Christianity experience the most persecution. Whoever leaves Islam is seen as not just going against Malaysia’s constitution, but also against their family and community. These believers are often forced to hide their faith and meet in secret.

If discovered, they could face divorce from their spouse, rejection from their family–or even risk being sent to a re-education camp.

PRAY FOR MALAYSIA

– Pray for believers who meet in secret, that God will give them meaningful times of worship and fellowship.

– Pray for Malay believers who have left Islam and are often isolated and cut off from their family.

– Pray for wisdom and boldness for church leaders as they lead their congregations.

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