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Malay, Kedah in Malaysia

Malay, Kedah

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,146,000 Malay, Kedah Islam 0.50 % 0.46 % Not available Not available   

Malay, Kedah in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
The Kedahan Malay are also called Orang Utara. They live in Kedah, Penang and Perlis in northern Malaysia. They are among the earliest inhabitants in Malaysia.

Arabs and Malays married each other and some Kedahan Malays are descendants of the Arabs. They speak Kedahan Malay, Malaysian and other languages. In the Kedah Valley most are Kedahan Malays.

The Kedahan Malays have their own dance theater and have similar customs to other people in the rest of Malaysia.

They used to be mainly Hindus and Buddhists but now most of them are Sunni Muslims. They speak in a north Malaysian dialect as they come from the north of the country.

Prayer Points
* Pray that as many of the Kedahan Malay have changed religion once that they will change again, this time to Christianity.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-05-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-06-19
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The Malays
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Country: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Southeast Asia
Persecution Rank:23 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Peninsular, Kedah, Perak, Perlis, and Pulau Pinang states.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Malay, Kedah
People Name General: Malay, Kedah
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104797
Joshua Project People ID: 12602
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,146,000
Population all Countries: 3,147,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malay
People Name General: Malay, Kedah
Ethnic Code: MSY44k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malay, Kedah (3,146,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): meo    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.46 %)
Ethnic Religions0.20 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.30 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Questionable translation need
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / VideoAhmad's Dream (
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Malay, Kedah in Malaysia

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