Every ethnic Malay is assumed to be Muslim, as defined by the Malaysian constitution. This means that any ethnic Malay who converts from Christianity is at risk of being punished under Sharia (Islamic law). These converts can also face incredible pressure from their families and the broader community. Although they have more freedom to worship, historic Christian denominations or non-profits are watched by authorities, and any group thought to be evangelizing is at risk of official interference.



Ranking in Top 50 Persecuted Countries



Persecution Level


3.1 million

Number of Christians (9.2%)



National Religion


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