Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster has said Christians in Malaysia are fearful about the future amid growing intolerance.
Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country with a Christian minority. It is virtually impossible for a Muslim to convert to Christianity and potential converts face isolation and pressure to return to Islam.
Believers from a Muslim background have faced the threat of divorce and having their children taken away.
Last year the High Court declared that the term “Allah”, which Malay-speaking Christians use to refer to God, was restricted to just Muslims.
The ruling has since led to Bibles being seized and hymn books being taken and desecrated.
Then in November last year plans were brought in to put sharia law courts on an equal footing with civil courts.
In response to the ruling Archbishop Leow, in a pastoral letter, wrote: “We do not know what the future holds or what the repercussions of the decision of the court of appeal will be on rights of the minorities to practise their faith in the manner they consider in keeping with their religious practice, but we do know that we are a people of faith and Hope.”