Most of the Malays nowadays believe in Islam. Islam has long since set foot in the Malay society, since the Malay Melaka Empire. Thatís why Islam is a religion many Malays belief in.
Even though the Malay society is rich with traditions and culture, it is still strong from the influence of Islam. Although most of the traditions originated before they belief in Islam, they shall not do anything that Islam forbids. Thatís why some of the culture that is strong on animism fades slowly as Islam takes over.
Majority of the Malays nowadays belief in Islam and the government has form a governing Islamic body so that some people would not be a lost and follow the wrong Islamic teachings.
The teaching of Islam contains pillars and goals that are needed to be fulfilled in life. That is why the Malaysian government is endorsing Islam as it is seen as a proper and the correct way of life. With that Islam enables the Malay society to be one.