Nepali in Malaysia

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Nepal, which is located between two giant nations, China and India, is a small land-locked country. Economically, Nepal is considered as one of the least developed countries. Therefore, quite a considerable number of Nepalese work abroad due to the absence of employment within the country. The Nepalese migrant workers are people from Nepal who have come to Peninsular Malaysia, especially urban areas, to earn more income. There are about a hundred thousand legally employed Nepalese workers in Malaysia. However, an estimate of another hundred thousand Nepalese work as illegal immigrants in the country for reasons such as closure of factories or when manpower or placement agencies take advantage of them by retaining large portions of their salaries that is why they prefer to find a job on their own. Nepali is the major language spoken. They also speak different dialects since they all come from different places in Nepal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Majority of the Nepalese who come to Malaysia work in plantations and factories such as electronics, cosmetics, steel, and furniture. Others work in restaurants as cooks, shopping malls, printing press, and as security guards. Most of the Nepalese who go abroad are educated male from middle class families. They go abroad with a hope of earning much within a short period of time.
Generally, the work contract that most of the Nepalese get is about two to three years. Once the second year is over, the employers or business owners will provide an airfare for them to go back to their country if they want to. If the business owners pay and treat them well, they tend to stay another year to work.
The Nepalese are warm and friendly people. They value their relationship with each other and would help other fellow Nepalese when they are able to.
Many of the Nepalese migrant workers go through a lot of challenges in coming to Malaysia. The loan sharks at manpower agencies prey on the vulnerable and the desperate. Usually, the family of the worker has to sell land or take on a huge loan to be able to send abroad the relative who wants to work abroad. They have a big responsibility to pay back whatever they owe to their relatives that's why they need to work hard.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nepalese are Hindu. Despite being far from their country, they still celebrate festivals such as the Dashain (celebration of great victory of the gods over the wicked demons which falls either in October or November) and Deepavali (festival of lights). For these festivals, they can ask the employers for at least one day holiday.

What Are Their Needs?

Many Nepalese are cheated and exploited by manpower agencies who take away a large amount of the workers' earnings in illegal deposits or commissions, often up to three times the actual cost of a job. Some are not treated very well by business owners and are forced to work hard with very low salary.
Language is also one of the challenges that the Nepalese face since most of them cannot speak English or Bahasa Malaysia, Malaysia's official language. As a result, some factory owners are sending them back to Nepal and are getting workers from China into Malaysia to work in their factories. Pray that God will raise up local believers in Malaysia to help with the legal issues concerning the welfare of the Nepalese migrant workers.

Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers to take the gospel message to the Nepalese community in Malaysia.
Pray the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Nepalese to understand and believe the gospel.
Pray for the Lord to bless the Nepalese people with adequate education and medical facilities.
Pray for the Lord to bless the Nepalese people so abundantly that they will see he is the only one worthy of praise and worship.

Scripture Prayers for the Nepali, general in Malaysia.


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People Name General Nepalese
People Name in Country Nepali, general
Natural Name Nepali
Pronunciation nay-PAH-lee
Alternate Names Eastern Pahari; Gurkha; Gurkhali; Gurung; Nepalese, Eastern; Paharia; नेपलीज़
Population this Country 252,000
Population all Countries 876,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
People ID 13317
ROP3 Code 107204
ROP25 Code 302886
ROP25 Name Gurkha / Nepali
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Map of Nepali, general in Malaysia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
16.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.80 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
76.00 %
4.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Nepali (252,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Nepali (252,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2012)
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