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Basel Christian Church of Malaysia

Basel Christian Church of Malaysia
Logo of the BCCM
Classification Protestant
Orientation Lutheran, Reformed
Leader Rev Dr Thomas Tsen Lip Tet
Region Malaysia
Origin 1925
Branched from Basel Missionary Society
Congregations 112
Members 59,500 baptized
Basel Christian Church in Papar

The Basel Christian Church of Malaysia or BCCM (Malay: Gereja Kristian Basel Malaysia) is one of the four Lutheran bodies in Malaysia. It currently has 112 congregations nationwide and 59,500 baptized members.[1]

The current bishop of the Basel Christian Church in Malaysia is the Rev. Dr. Thomas Tsen Lip Tet [2]


In the aftermath of the failed Taiping Rebellion in China, Hakka speaking Christians affiliated with the Basel Mission were viewed with suspicion by the Qing Government as the leader of the rebellion, Hong Xiuquan, was himself a Hakka who claimed to be a Christian. This resulted in an increase in the number of Hakka speaking refugees from China into the Southeast Asian region.[3]

Early History

With the establishment of a settlement by the British North Borneo Company in North Borneo in 1882, Chinese labourers were sought to develop the interior of the territory and the British North Borneo Company sent agents to Hong Kong in order to recruit these labourers. Rudolph Lechler of the Basel Mission enthusiastically supported the scheme and Hakka Christians from the Basel Mission and the Basel established Chongzhen Church (Tsung-Tsin Church or 崇真會) were recruited.[3]

The pioneer batch of settlers consisted of 10 families who arrived in [3][4][5]

Expansion and self support

With the increase in the number of immigrant Hakka settlers from China, other congregations were organised in places and settlements like Kudat (1901), Papar (1903), Jesselton (1904), Sandakan (1907), Beaufort (1910), Tenom (1912), and Inanam (1914).[5] The Basel Christians also pioneered formal Chinese language education in the territory when the first Chinese school was established in Kudat in 1886.[6]

The first [5]


  1. ^ LWF Statistics 2009
  2. ^ Asia Lutheran Communion: Change of Leadership in BCCM; December 13, 2007 (Retrieved on September 6, 2008)
  3. ^ a b c Hsiao, Andrew: "A Brief History of the Chinese Lutheran Church", Hong Kong: Taosheng Publishing House, 1999, ISBN 962-380-107-6
  4. ^ Zhang, Delai: "The Hakkas of Sabah", Sabah Theological Seminary, 2002, ISBN 983-40840-0-5
  5. ^ a b c BCCM Kota Kinabalu: A Brief History of the Basel Christian Church in Malaysia (Retrieved on September 6, 2008)
  6. ^ Charney,Michael W. ; Brenda S. A. Yeoh; Tong Chee Kiong; Chee Kiong Tong: "Chinese Migrants Abroad: Cultural, Educational, and Social Dimensions of the Chinese Diaspora", World Scientific, 2003, ISBN 981-238-041-8

External links

  • Kyrugma House, BCCM KK (English) Mile 2 3/4 Jalan Tuaran, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
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