Church of the Province of South East Asia
The Church of the Province of South East Asia is a member church of the Anglican Communion. It extends across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos and Nepal. After in 1805 the mission had begun in the area, it already got its first bishop in 1855, but was still dependent on India. By 1970, under the primacy of the Archbishop of Canterbury standing, the province was founded in 1970 and today has four independent dioceses ( Kuching, Sabah, Singapore and West Malaysia) under the primacy of the Archbishop of Southeast Asia. The Archbishop John Chew Hiang Chea was one of the seven Primassen who refused in February 2007, together with the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America to receive Communion. This refusal is related to the consecration of openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, however, only a triggering moment was for an already long smoldering conflict between liberal and conservative Anglicans over questions of authority and exegesis.
The province comprises four dioceses in 9 countries:
- Joshua Chiu Ban It (1966-1982)
- Moses Tay Leng Kong (1996-2000)
- Datuk Yong Ping Chung (2000-2006)
- John Chew Hiang Chea (2006-2012)
- Datuk Bolly anak Lapok (since 2012)