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Religious beliefs in Malaysia

Officially the country is a Muslim state. The government supports the spread out of Islam and its companionship with other Muslim countries. All the major spiritual events of the Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims have been confirmed as national public holidays.

Religions practiced in the country are Islam with around 58.%, 22.9% is Buddhism, Christianity with 11.1%, 6.3% is Hinduism and 2.6% Taoism, Confucianism, and other Chinese beliefs according to census in 2005. Buddhism in the country is mostly practiced by the racial Chinese Malaysians. Numerous of the Chinese community is consist of largeness of the Buddhist populace. They observe a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion but no specific name for this kind of faiths. All Malays are obligatory to be Muslim as classified by the Constitution of the country. Indian and Chinese are only required to be a Muslim if they get married to a Muslim person.

Regardless of a major Islamic population, the constitution of Malaysia assured the freedom to observe any religion, which influenced the society at large, showing the cultural varieties that exist in the country. The government also offers funding to spiritual groups of other religions for their construction projects and other plan. There are several churches, mosques, shrines and temples in all over the county. Christianity has a great influence in East Malaysia rather than Peninsular Malaysia. Several native individuals in East Malaysia have accepted Christianity as their religion. Other religion that are also found in the country are Sikhs, Bahá'ís and animism faith.



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