Sinhalese in Malaysia


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction

Sinhalese, mainly jewel merchants, began migrating to Malaysia as early as 1890. Many of these early Sinhalese immigrants returned to Sri Lanka after earning enough money. Today, there are less than 800 families bearing Sinhalese names living in Malaysia. With the number of mixed marriages with Indians and other Malaysian communities, the number of Sinhalese continues to decrease in Malaysia. The majority of Sinhalese prefer to use English and Malay despite efforts of the older generation to maintain their mother tongue. With the exception of ceremonial functions, Western clothing is becoming the norm among Sinhalese in Malaysia.


Ministry Obstacles

The majority of Sinhalese in Malaysia are Theravada Buddhist and the temple is the focal point of their social and religious activities. To turn away from the Buddhist religious system to most of them means turning away from their community.


Outreach Ideas

There are Sinhalese believers in Malaysia who can reach their Buddhist neighbors. They can use Sinhalese language music and drama as a way to present the life of Christ in a familiar form.


Prayer Focus

Pray that Sinhalese believers would be filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit so they can be prepared to share him with others. Pray for spiritual openness to Jesus Christ on the part of Sinhalese Buddhists. Pray that Malaysia would become a central point for a Sinhalese movement to Christ this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Sinhalese in Malaysia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-03-27
People Name General Sinhalese
People Name in Country Sinhalese
Pronunciation sin-uh-LEEZE
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 396,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Cingalese; Singalese; Singhalese; Sinhala; सिनलीज़
People ID 14196
ROP3 Code 109305
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Malaysia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Map of Sinhalese in Malaysia
Primary Language Sinhala (4,600 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Sinhalese
Dialect Code 345   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sinhala (4,600 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Sinhalese
Dialect Code 345   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sinhala

Primary Language:  Sinhala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1739-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1776-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2009)
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Sinhala
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sinhala
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more