The new Anglican Province of South East Asia was inaugurated on Friday 2 February in Singapore.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd George Carey, installed the Most Revd Moses Tay as the first Archbishop of the new province which brings together the dioceses of Kuching, Sabah, Singapore and West Malaysia.
In his sermon at the inauguration Archbishop Carey spoke of the "the difficulties encountered in setting up the province," and urged the four dioceses not to allow ethnic factors to divide them.
Canon John L Peterson, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, was present at the inauguration and afterwards said: "The Anglican Communion looks forward to the strong support this new Province can give fellow Anglicans world-wide, especially in crisis situations. The South East Asia resources are bountiful and could be of enormous help to less fortunate areas of the Communion where a strong Christian witness is needed. I welcome their new united presence in the family with open arms."