Brunei Malay in United States

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Introduction / History

Brunei Malay is the name used to refer to several very closely related and assimilated groups of indigenous people in Brunei. The largest are the Malay and the Kedayan. Several smaller groups, including the Low Malay Creole, Kiput, Kayan, and Southern Bisaya are also a part of the Brunei Malay population. Although they are ethnically related to the Malay and also share the same Islamic religion, there are many cultural and linguistic differences that make the Brunei Malay distinct from the larger Malay populations in nearby Malaysia and Singapore. In addition, the Brunei Malay people are usually very wealthy, especially when compared with other people groups in Southeast Asia.

Where Are they Located?

There is very little known about this small group of Muslims from Southeast Asia. Most likely they can be found on college campuses.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are fewer than 1,000 Brunei Malay people in the US. They are not that likely to move to other parts of the world given their strong economy and good job market at home. Most of the Brunei Malay people in the US are probably businessmen or students.

What Are Their Beliefs?

All Brunei Malay are classified as Muslims at birth; they are exclusively Sunnis Muslims. The Brunei Malay people adhere to traditional Islamic practices and beliefs. It is estimated that Brunei has more mosques per square kilometer than any other country in the world.

Many of the Brunei Malay groups characterize their entire people group as being Muslim. This classification, however, is more of a cultural distinction than a characterization of individual beliefs. Individual beliefs will often be influenced by tribal religions of their ancestors.

What Are Their Needs?

The Brunei Malay people need to have the chance to hear the word of God and respond to it. They can do this in the US, though restrictions in Brunei make it unlikely.

Prayer Points

There are many strong believers in the US who can share Christ with the Muslim Brunei Malay people, but it will take perseverance and love. Pray for the Lord to raise up such people.
Pray that if the Brunei Malay people in US reject the gospel, it will be because of Christ, not because the gospel is presented in a culturally inappropriate way.
Pray for a disciple-making movement to begin among the Brunei Malay in the US that will spread to Brunei.

Scripture Prayers for the Brunei Malay, Kedayan in United States.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Brunei Malay, Kedayan
People Name in Country Brunei Malay, Kedayan
Natural Name Brunei Malay
Alternate Names Brunei; Dusun; Kadazan; Kadazan Dusun; Kedeyan; Orang Bukit
Population this Country 800
Population all Countries 594,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 0  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10973
ROP3 Code 101679
ROP25 Code 301422
ROP25 Name Brunei-Kadaian
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Brunei (800 speakers)
Language Code kxd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Brunei (800 speakers)
Language Code kxd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Brunei

Primary Language:  Brunei

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
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Profile Source Keith Carey 
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