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Malay, Cocos Islands in Malaysia

Malay, Cocos Islands

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,900 Malay Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Malay, Cocos Islands in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
The Cocos Malays are the majority population of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a territory of Australia. The Malay were the first permanent inhabitants of the island, along with Alexander Hare, and English adventurer. They were brought as slaves and members of his harem. When a previous claimant, John Clunies-Ross, arrived a year later in 1827, he took the island back, employing the existing population in the harvest of coconuts. Because of the unbroken European rule of the islands, the culture has been mostly Western. The majority of the group is Muslim. Some from this people group have migrated to Malaysia.

Where are they located?
About 600 Kukos people live on Cocos Island that is south of Java, but over 5,000 lives in Malaysia. Most of them live in a village called Kampung Cocos in Sabah, Malaysia.

What are their lives like?
The Kukos people are so similar to the Malay majority that they blend in with them in Malaysia. They have their own dress that is similar to what the Malay wear. Women wear a loose tunic called a Baju Kebaya, and a skirt, called a sarong. Men wear a loose shirt called a Baju Melayu and pants. Their Malay dialect is considered to be unsophisticated by the Malay majority in Malaysia.

What are their beliefs?
Like the Malay people, the Kukos are Sunni Muslim.

What are their needs?
The Kukos people, be they on the Cocos Island or Malaysia, need the life transforming gospel. They need the chance to put their faith in Christ alone.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Kukos people to have the education and job opportunities that they need in Malaysia.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Kukos people that will lead them to the Bible for answers.
* Pray for Kukos leaders to have dreams and visions that will open their hearts to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a church planting movement that is defined by discipleship and love for Christ.


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Country: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sabah: Beluran, Lahad Datu and Tawau districts.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Malay, Cocos Islands
People Name General: Malay, Cocos Islands
Alternate People Names:
Cocos IslanderKukus
ROP3 Code: 102252
Joshua Project People ID: 11399
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,900
Population all Countries: 8,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malay
People Name General: Malay, Cocos Islands
Ethnic Code: MSY44k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malay
Language Code (ISO): zlm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Malay, Cocos Islands (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam80.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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: 1629-1932
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1733-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malay
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Text / Printed MatterDownload scripture in this language
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Malay, Cocos Islands in Malaysia

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People Cluster
    Malay     Asia, Southeast    
      Malay, Cocos Islands Malaysia    
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      Islam     Malay  
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