Deaf in Malaysia

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The Deaf are found throughout the country of Malaysia. Most are legally "unreachable" since it is against the Malaysian constitution for the Muslims to be evangelized. There are a handful of churches with a ministry to the non-Muslim Deaf, at least one of which has a semi-independent Deaf church within the premises of the church.

The adult Deaf tend to congregate in cities or towns where they can find jobs and socialize with other Deaf. In Malaysia each state has at least one school for Deaf children, with a total of 23 elementary schools, two vocational schools and one secondary school. Most are residential schools where local Deaf children live at home. There are also private Deafschools: two registered elementary schools and other non-registered private schools. Sometimes conditions are not good for the children in these schools while in other schools the children can live more comfortably. In the State of Sabah there are several private kindergartens for Deaf children. For primary one, the children go to the regular Deaf school. The language of the Deaf, Malaysian Sign Language, is not taught in school and the teachers discourage its use. The teachers (except for the Deaf teachers) only know and use Signing Exact Malay, using the word order and other aspects of the grammar of the national language.

The Deaf of Malaysia usually are gainfully employed, though often in low-paying jobs. There are a few graduates of Gallaudet University and some Malaysian universities colleges and polytechnic colleges, who have fairly good jobs.

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Scripture Prayers for the Deaf in Malaysia.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Pronunciation def
Population this Country 170,000
Population all Countries 49,091,000
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
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)

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Primary Language:  Malaysian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2020)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Text / Printed Matter Door International General / Other
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
6.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
9.43 %
Ethnic Religions
13.60 %
6.20 %
62.61 %
1.30 %
Other / Small
0.36 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source David Bennett 
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more