Day 24

NOVEMBER | 2023

Malaysia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Malaysia maintains diplomatic relations with the terrorist group Hamas and does not have a political relationship with Israel. Despite the ongoing war in Israel, the government has expressed its intention to continue its relationship with Hamas. The Prime Minister has criticized Western nations for pressuring other countries to condemn Hamas. The growing Islamization of Malaysian culture and politics is a concern for the Christian community, who feel increasingly restricted in expressing their beliefs. Let us pray for the preservation of religious freedom in Malaysia. May God grant wisdom to the government. Pray Christians find ways to share their faith boldly and widely (The Bible, Philemon 1:6).

Source: Malaysia’s Anwar rejects West’s ‘pressuring attitude’ to condemn Hamas (Al Jazeera)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The multicultural population of Malaysia contributes to a great deal of political, ethnic, and religious divides. About half the population is ethnic Malays and the other half is made up of Chinese, Indians, and indigenous ethnic groups.  Since 2020 there have been three Prime Ministers. Current Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was appointed in November 2022 and leads a tenuous coalition. Fundamentalist Muslims have a significant presence in Malaysia, influencing public opinion. Over the past decade, the government conducted widespread crackdowns to silence, harass, and lock up hundreds of critics.  Christians in Malaysia face many challenges in sharing their faith, as open evangelism is prohibited. However, increasing numbers of prayer initiatives and watches across the nation are bringing together Christian Believers in united prayer for their nation and for God to protect and break through.

CHIEF OF STATE
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdullah of Pahang
HEAD OF GOV.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin
POPULATION
30,514,000
CHRISTIANS
8.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
3.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
43
REFUGEES
270,621
LIFE EXPECTANCY
74.75 yrs
LITERACY RATE
93.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
3.8%