THE CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA
The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) was formed on 6 February 1985 and was officially registered with the Registrar of Societies on 14 January 1986. This organisation fulfilled the aspirations of the local churches to have a national body whereby the united voice of Christians in Malaysia can be expressed on national issues and other matters pertaining to the Christian faith, especially in Malaysia.
The formation of the CFM was an unprecedented decision and certainly an act of faith of the Church as it brought together three major streams of Christianity in Malaysia – (1) the Roman Catholic Church as represented by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia (CBCM), (2) the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) , (3) the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF). The first chairman of CFM was the then Catholic Bishop of Penang, Rt. Revd. Antony Selvanayagam.
Together, based on the 2010 Census report, we represent more than 2.62 million Christians (9.2% of the Malaysian population). Of this number more than 60% of the Christian brothers and sisters are of the Bahasa Malaysia-speaking communities and are mainly in the states of Sabah, Sarawak and also in Peninsular Malaysia.
CFM continues to have strong organisational links and relationships with the Sabah Council of Churches and the Association of Churches in Sarawak. Today, we can proudly say that CFM represents more than 90% of the Christian churches in Malaysia.
In an effort to make this organisation assessible to the grassroots, in every state, there is a CFM State Liaison Committee that works tirelessly in fostering unity among Christians and engaging with the state authorities and others on issues affecting the Christian community. As an integral partner, CFM also collaborates with the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) at national and state level.
CFM is recognised as an official representative of Christians in Malaysia by the federal and state governments and by virtue of this recognition, we are constituent members of the Cabinet-appointed Committee for the Promotion of Understanding and Harmony among Religious Adherents (JKMPKA), the Selangor State Committee for Affairs Other than Islam (JHESI) and the Federal Territories Advisory Committee for Non-Islamic Places of Worship (RIBI).