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Indonesian in Malaysia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
833,000 Indonesian Islam 15.00 % 5.60 %   

Indonesian in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
Indonesians have historically represented a large portion of the Malaysian foreign workforce due to the close proximity of some of the large (and highly populated) Indonesian islands with Malaysia. Indonesians predominantly reside in the urban areas of Peninsular Malaysia. The large island of Sumatra is just a ferry ride across the narrow Straits of Malacca and the Indonesian province of Kalimantan borders the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Partly as a security measure related to terrorism dangers, the Malaysian government determined early in 2002 that recruitment of foreign workers would be carried out on a Government-to-Government basis. At that time the foreign workforce was officially listed at around 800,000 with close to 600,000 of those being from Indonesia. In reality, the number of Indonesians working in Malaysia at that time may have substantially exceeded the numbers above. The Malaysian government took proactive steps to remove Indonesians working illegally and actively manage the number of Indonesian workers as well as those from other countries. The current estimate for the number of Indonesians is 750,000. These workers are predominantly in non skilled or semi-skilled occupations such as domestic help, agriculture, grounds keepers, street cleaners, and construction.

What are their lives like?
For many of these workers, their living conditions are dependent on their employers. Large employers in all sectors provide housing and transportation in fulfillment of some of the requirements of the government agreements. Even so, housing is often crowded and without sufficient basic necessities. Working conditions can include long hours and be physically demanding. Isolation in their job site or living quarters sometimes occurs. Separation from families back in their home country is another hardship. Abuse of domestic help is quite common.

What are their beliefs?
The religious beliefs of Indonesian migrant workers reflect the local culture from the parts of Indonesia that they come from. Practically all are Muslim but many come from backgrounds that include remnants of ancient tribal beliefs with animistic or spiritistic practices. Many of these people working as live-in domestic helpers situations in Malaysia will get exposure to the religions the households they work in. This includes Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, and Evangelical Christianity.

What are their needs?
The Indonesian migrant workers need good access to all the social services plus some specialized services related to their separation from families and their isolation in a foreign culture. In addition, some need protection from unfair exploitation by unscrupulous employers. In recognition of this, a special agency called the Foreign Workers Service and Counseling Centre (PPKPA) has been established and is opening offices in all 13 Malaysian states. Foreign workers who register with the Centre will be entitled to insurance coverage, legal advice, social services and, most importantly, a place to go to when they have been abused or exploited. However, probably only a small fraction of the Indonesian migrant workers actually are registered in the program.

Their greatest need is for the Good News. Pray that these workers will hear and respond to the Truth while they are in Malaysia.

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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
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People Name in Country: Indonesian
People Name General: Indonesian
Alternate People Names:
Javanese IndonesianMadurese Indonesian
Malay IndonesianMinangkabau Indonesian
Oran TorajaSundanese Indonesian
ROP3 Code: 114115
Joshua Project People ID: 18503
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 833,000
Population all Countries: 9,945,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malay
People Name General: Indonesian
Ethnic Code: MSY44k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Indonesian (833,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ind    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity15.00 %(Evangelical: 5.60 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism1.00 % 
Islam81.50 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.50 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican10.00 %
Independent4.00 %
Protestant64.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian2.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1955-1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1963-2002
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - New Translation ( ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Shellabear (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Indonesian
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Indonesian
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Film / VideoThe Story
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 MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Indonesian New Translation
Text / Printed MatterBible: Perjanjian Baru:Versi Mudah Dibac ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Terjemahan Sederhana Indonesia
Text / Printed MatterBible: Terjemahan Sederhana Indonesian N ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Today's Indonesian Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Today's Malay Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Today's Malay Version with Deuter ...
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Indonesian)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Indonesian in Malaysia

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Malay     Asia, Southeast    
      Indonesian Malaysia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Indonesian in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Indonesian  
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