BACKGROUND: The population of this former British colony is highly educated and enjoys economic prosperity. The country includes three major ethnicities: Malay (60%), Chinese (30%) and indigenous people. Most Christians come from the indigenous groups. The Malays are the most powerful group in the country, and being Muslim is an important part of their identity. Half of the country is a thin peninsula stretching out from Southeast Asia, while the other half shares the island of Borneo with Indonesia.
MAJOR RELIGIONS: Malaysia is a majority Muslim country, but it also has a significant Buddhist population.
PERSECUTOR: The government of Malaysia severely punishes anyone who leaves Islam.