Traditionally, the East Malaysia Malay worked as fishermen and traders. Today, many are employed in logging industries, palm-oil plantations, and civil industries. Good manners and respect is very important, especially toward elders. The value of saving face, observed in the community and workplace, is significant. It is unbecoming to cause another person to lose face. They are Muslim, but traces of animistic and Hindu beliefs are still evident and openly discussed.
These Malay people risk losing face and even offending people to follow Jesus, and are likely to experience other kinds of loss as well.
Christian believers in the main coastal cities may be able to tell the East Malaysia Malay the good news about Christ, teaching them how to be real disciples of Christ.
Pray for the very few Christians among the East Malaysia Malay, that they will be zealous to follow Christ with a whole heart, being obedient and living holy lives.
Pray for an improvement in living conditions for these people, and for employment opportunities.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14