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Deaf in Malaysia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
162,000 Malaysian Sign Language Islam 9.43 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
The Deaf are found throughout the country of Malaysia. There are no known areas where the population is higher than normal/average for the Deaf throughout the world, (i.e. between 1 and 3 per thousand of the population of the country). More than 50% are "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 Deaf schools: 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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Country: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 162,000
Population all Countries: 47,588,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Malaysian Sign Language
Language Code (ISO): xml    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chinese Sign Language (Unknown)Penang Sign Language (Unknown)
Selangor Sign Language (Unknown)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism6.50 % 
Christianity9.43 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions13.60 % 
Hinduism6.20 % 
Islam62.61 % 
Non-Religious1.30 % 
Other / Small0.36 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2020
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
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Deaf in Malaysia

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Asia, Southeast    
      Deaf Malaysia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Malaysian Sign Language  
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