Malaysia Survey 2007: Religious Profile

Via Asian Barometer, I found the interesting survey which is similar to the series of European Social Survey I have published in this blog previously. First before looking into the religious profile of 1200 Malaysians interviewed in this survey, let’s look at the ethnic and gender profile of respondents :

Female: 49.5%
Male: 50.5%

Indian/Other, Female: 4.3%
Indian/Other, Male: 4.1%
Non-Malay Bumi, Female: 6.5%
Non-Malay Bumi, Male: 6.3%
Chinese, Female: 13.4%
Chinese, Male: 14.2%
Malay, Female: 25.3%
Malay, Male: 25.9%
Total – 100%

So, the religiosity of Malaysians:
a. Religious profile:
1. Islam – 59.0%
2. Buddhism – 16.1%
3. Christianity – 11.0%
4. Hinduism – 6.7%
5. Taoism – 3.9%
6. Sikhism – 0.2%
7. Confucianism – 0.2%
8. Bahai – 0.2%
9. Animism – 0.3%
10.  None/Other – 2.5%

b. Religious practise:
1. Several times a day – 60.9%
2. Daily – 6.6%
3. Several times a week – 6.5%
4. Once a month – 7.8%
5. Only during festivals – 2.1%
6. Once a year – 7.6%
7. Less often – 4.8%
8. Practically never – 3.4%
9. Decline to answer – 0.9%

Source: Asian Barometer – Bridget Welsh, Ibrahim Suffian, and Andrew Aeria. 2007. Malaysia Country Report. Second Wave of Asian Barometer Survey

1 Comment

  1. farihin said,

    June 7, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Bahai Faith is not a independent religion, Baha’is are a deviated sect of Islam listed in Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (JAWI). Because bahais say they believe in Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), meaning in short, they say the shahada ‘la illaha illallah, muhammad arasulullah’, so they’re muslims! but they just believe that there’s another prophet after him, the prisoner known as husayn ali (backed by isreali govt). Better to take ‘bahai’ off the list. If it must be there, then so many other deviant sects that must be included also!

    farihin
    farihin@gmail.com
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