Country: Malaysia

Number of People Groups

182

People Groups Unreached

77 (42.3%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

34,578,000

Population in Unreached

17,343,000 (50.2%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

9.70%

% Evangelical

3.53%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.9%
Map Notes

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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed
 Abai Sungai 1,600 1,600 Abai Sungai Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Acehnese 91,000 4,148,000 Malay Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Americans, U.S. 9,500 197,948,000 English Christianity 79.00 % 28.00 % -
 Arab 16,000 769,000 Arabic, Levantine Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 1
 Bajau Bukit, Papar 2,100 2,100 Malay Islam 4.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Bajau, West Coast 261,000 272,000 Bajau, West Coast Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 5
Balau 12,000 12,000 Iban Christianity 90.00 % 15.00 % -
 Balinese 6,300 4,240,000 Bali (Indonesia) Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Banjarese, Banjar Malay 29,000 4,481,000 Malay Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bateq 1,300 1,300 Batek Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Batu Punan 1,300 1,300 Malay Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 1.00 % -
 Bawean 61,000 196,000 Madura Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Beketan, Manketa 400 1,100 Bukitan Christianity 70.00 % 6.00 % -
 Belait, Lakiput 500 1,800 Belait Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Berawan, Central 1,800 1,800 Berawan, Central Islam 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
Berawan, East 1,300 1,300 Berawan, East Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 0.80 % -
Berawan, West 1,200 1,200 Berawan, West Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Bintulu 12,000 12,000 Vaie Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 1.00 % -
 Bisaya, Sabah 78,000 93,000 Bisaya, Sabah Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Bonggi 5,600 5,600 Bonggi Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 1.50 % -
 British 17,000 54,161,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 % -
 Brunei Malay, Kedayan 392,000 600,000 Brunei Islam 6.00 % 0.30 % -
 Buginese 156,000 5,963,000 Malay Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
 Bukar Sadong, Bidayuh 77,000 88,000 Bidayuh Serian Christianity 60.00 % 5.00 % -
 Burmese 32,000 32,184,000 Burmese Buddhism 0.50 % 0.17 % 1
  Totals:  182 34,578,000         77 9.70 % 3.53 % 397 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 94,000                
  UN Country Population (2024) 34,672,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Johor 3,953,000
Kedah 2,290,000
Kelantan 1,980,000
Kuala Lumpur 1,870,000
Labuan 104,000
Melaka 977,000
Negeri Sembilan 1,187,000
Pahang 1,759,000
Perak 2,638,000
Perlis 267,000
Pulau Pinang 1,864,000
Putrajaya 109,000
Sabah 4,099,000
Sarawak 2,954,000
Selangor 6,856,000
Trengganu 1,308,000
Provinces:  16 34,215,000
UN Country Population 34,672,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
YouVersion
Bible
Resources
Faith Comes
By Hearing
Bible Resources
Jesus Film
Online
Global
Recordings
Resources
Gospel
Tract
Online
Abai Sungai abf 1 1 Unspecified
Arabic, Levantine apc 1 1 Bible Portions
Bajau, West Coast bdr 1 1 Translation Needed
Bakati', Rara lra 1 0 Bible Portions
Bali (Indonesia) ban 1 1 Complete Bible
Batak Mandailing btm 1 1 Bible Portions
Batek btq 1 1 Translation Needed
Belait beg 1 1 Unspecified
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Berawan, Central zbc 1 1 Translation Started
Berawan, East zbe 1 0 Translation Needed
Berawan, West zbw 1 1 Bible Portions
Bidayuh Serian sdo 1 0 Translation Started
Bidayuh, Bau sne 1 0 New Testament
Bidayuh, Biatah bth 1 0 Complete Bible
Bidayuh, Tringgus-Sembaan trx 1 0 Unspecified
Bisaya, Brunei bsb 1 0 Bible Portions
Bisaya, Sabah bsy 1 1 Bible Portions
Bonggi bdg 1 0 Bible Portions
Brunei kxd 1 0 Translation Needed
Bukitan bkn 1 0 Translation Started
Burmese mya 1 1 Complete Bible
Cham, Western cja 1 1 New Testament
Cheq Wong cwg 1 1 Translation Needed
Chinese, Hakka hak 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 3 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Min Bei mnp 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Min Dong cdo 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Min Nan nan 3 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Pu-Xian cpx 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Xiang hsn 1 0 Bible Portions
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
Duano dup 1 1 Translation Needed
Dumpas dmv 1 0 Unspecified
English eng 3 0 Complete Bible
Gana gnq 1 0 Unspecified
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Iban iba 2 0 Complete Bible
Ida'an dbj 1 0 Bible Portions
Indonesian ind 1 0 Complete Bible
Iranun (Malaysia) ilm 1 1 Translation Needed
Jah Hut jah 1 1 Complete Bible
Jakun jak 1 1 Unspecified
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Javanese jav 1 0 Complete Bible
Jehai jhi 1 0 Unspecified
Kadazan Dusun dtp 9 0 Complete Bible
Kadazan, Klias River kqt 1 0 Translation Needed
Kadazan, Labuk-Kinabatangan dtb 1 0 New Testament
Kajaman kag 1 1 Unspecified
Kannada kan 1 1 Complete Bible
Kayan, Baram kys 1 0 Complete Bible
Kayan, Rejang ree 1 0 Translation Needed
Kelabit kzi 1 0 Bible Portions
Kendayan knx 1 0 Bible Portions
Kensiu kns 1 1 Unspecified
Kenyah, Mainstream xkl 2 0 New Testament
Kenyah, Wahau whk 1 0 New Testament
Kimaragang kqr 2 1 New Testament
Kinabatangan, Upper dmg 3 0 Bible Portions
Kintaq knq 1 1 Translation Needed
Kiput kyi 1 0 Translation Started
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Kota Marudu Talantang grm 1 0 Translation Started
Kuijau dkr 1 0 Translation Started
Lahanan lhn 1 0 Translation Needed
Lamaholot slp 1 0 Bible Portions
Lanoh lnh 1 1 Unspecified
Lobu, Lanas ruu 1 0 Translation Started
Lobu, Tampias low 1 0 Translation Needed
Long Wat ttw 1 0 Translation Needed
Lotud dtr 1 0 Bible Portions
Lundayeh lnd 1 0 Complete Bible
Madura mad 1 1 Complete Bible
Mah Meri mhe 1 1 Unspecified
Malaccan Portuguese Creole mcm 1 0 Bible Portions
Malay zlm 9 8 Complete Bible
Malay, Ambonese abs 1 1 New Testament
Malay, Baba mbf 1 0 New Testament
Malayalam mal 1 0 Complete Bible
Malaysian Sign Language xml 1 0 Bible Portions
Maldivian div 1 1 Bible Portions
Mapun sjm 1 1 New Testament
Melanau, Central mel 1 0 Bible Portions
Melanau, Daro-Matu dro 1 0 Translation Needed
Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong kxn 1 1 Translation Needed
Melanau, Sibu sdx 1 1 Unspecified
Minokok mqq 1 0 Translation Started
Minriq mnq 1 1 Translation Needed
Mintil mzt 1 1 Unspecified
Molbog pwm 1 1 New Testament
Murik (Malaysia) mxr 1 1 Unspecified
Murut, Bookan bnb 1 0 Unspecified
Murut, Kalabakan kve 1 0 Translation Started
Murut, Keningau kxi 1 0 New Testament
Murut, Paluan plz 2 0 Translation Started
Murut, Selungai slg 1 0 Translation Needed
Murut, Sembakung sbr 1 0 Bible Portions
Murut, Serudung srk 1 0 Unspecified
Murut, Tahol mvv 1 0 Complete Bible
Murut, Timugon tih 1 0 Complete Bible
Narom nrm 1 1 Translation Needed
Negeri Sembilan Malay zmi 1 1 Translation Needed
Nepali npi 1 1 Complete Bible
Okolod kqv 1 0 Bible Portions
Orang Seletar ors 1 0 Translation Needed
Pashto, Northern pbu 1 1 Complete Bible
Penan, Eastern pez 1 1 New Testament
Penan, Western pne 1 1 New Testament
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Punan Bah-Biau pna 1 0 Translation Started
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Remun lkj 1 0 Unspecified
Rohingya rhg 1 1 Bible Portions
Rungus drg 1 0 Complete Bible
Sa'ban snv 1 0 Bible Portions
Sama, Balangingih sse 1 1 New Testament
Sama, Central sml 1 1 New Testament
Sama, Southern ssb 1 1 Bible Portions
Sebop sib 1 0 Translation Needed
Sekapan skp 1 0 Translation Needed
Semai sea 1 0 New Testament
Semaq Beri szc 1 1 Translation Needed
Semelai sza 1 1 Bible Portions
Semnam ssm 1 1 Translation Needed
Sihan (Malaysia) spg 1 1 Translation Needed
Sindhi snd 1 1 Complete Bible
Sinhala sin 1 1 Complete Bible
Sugut Dusun kzs 1 0 Translation Started
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete Bible
Tamil tam 2 1 Complete Bible
Tatana txx 1 0 Bible Portions
Tausug tsg 1 1 New Testament
Telugu tel 1 1 Complete Bible
Temiar tea 1 0 Bible Portions
Temuan tmw 1 0 Unspecified
Ten'edn tnz 1 1 Translation Needed
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Thai, Southern sou 2 2 Bible Portions
Tidung, Northern ntd 1 0 Unspecified
Tidung, Southern itd 1 0 Bible Portions
Tobilung tgb 1 0 Bible Portions
Tombonuo txa 1 0 New Testament
Tring tgq 1 1 Translation Needed
Ukit umi 1 1 Translation Needed
Uma' Lasan xky 1 0 Translation Needed
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Vaie bny 1 0 Unspecified
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Wolio wlo 1 1 Bible Portions
Yakan yka 1 1 New Testament
Totals: 152 182 77   46 58 55 79 24
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Malaysia Statistics
People Groups 182
Unreached People Groups 77  (42.3%)
Population 34,578,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.3%
Population in Unreached 17,343,000  (50.2%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 9.7%
Percent Evangelical 3.5%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.9%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 397
Country Progress Level 4
Urbanization 76%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code MY
Official Language(s) MalayEnglish
Literacy Rate 95%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,729,000
Persecution Ranking 49 (1=Highest) Open Doors
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