CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA
Formed on 6 February 1985, the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) was registered with the Registrar of Societies on 14 January 1986. The formation of CFM fulfilled the aspirations of local churches in Malaysia for a national body to represent the Christian community so that the united voice of Christians in Malaysia on national issues and other matters that affect or are of interest to them, could be heard, especially in Malaysia.
The creation of CFM was certainly an unprecedented act of faith of the Church as it brought together three major streams of Christianity in Malaysia –
- the Roman Catholic Church as represented by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia;
- the Council of Churches of Malaysia; and
- the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship.
Based on the 2010 Census report, CFM represents more than 2.62 million Christians (9.2%) within the Malaysian population. Of this number, more than 60% are Christian brothers and sisters from Bahasa Malaysia-speaking communities located mainly in the States of Sabah and Sarawak.
With strong organisational links and relationships with the Sabah Council of Churches and the Association of Churches in Sarawak, CFM represents more than 95% of the Christian churches in Malaysia.
So that CFM is accessible to the grassroots, a CFM State Liaison Committee works tirelessly in every State fostering unity among Christians and engaging with State authorities and others on issues affecting the Christian community.
CFM also collaborates, as an integral partner, in the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism at the national as well as the State level.
Recognised as the official representative of Christians in Malaysia by the Federal and State governments, CFM is a constituent member of:
- the Cabinet-appointed Committee for the Promotion of Understanding and Harmony among Religious Adherents
- the Selangor State Committee for Affairs Other than Islam; and
- the Federal Territories Advisory Committee for Non-Islamic Places and Worship.