Over the years immigrants have brought with them their own religious practices - Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism from China, Hinduism from India, as well as other world faiths. Christianity was introduced through foreign trade initially and then later by missionaries.
Mei Ling describes the multi-faith nature of Malaysia where “on one street you might find a church, a Hindu temple, a Chinese temple and a mosque."
Whilst the national religion is Islam, practiced by 63% of the population, freedom of religion is protected in the Malaysian Constitution and non-Muslims can practice their faith openly.
Mei Ling's own faith was a product of the missionary work in Malaysia. She became a Christian after attending a mission-minded school.
She said: "The verse that really struck me was John 3:16. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but when I heard this verse I thought it was so wonderful. How could the God who made the universe want to save me so much that he would even send his one and only son to die in my place? It was a very simple message and I trusted Jesus from that day."
Mei Ling now lives in London with her husband and three children, but loves going back to Malaysia to encourage Christians there.
She has noticed a trend that while the older generation hold strong beliefs, increasingly the younger generation is secular.
"People are becoming more and more materialistic, but this will only get them so far", Mei Ling explains.
"I would love us to pick up and fill the hole that modern day idolatry - work, education, money, relationships – cannot fill. My hope is that through the gospel people will find true contentment and the real meaning of life.”