Malaysia is a federal constitutional elective monarchy. Race is a significant force in politics, with many political parties ethnically based.
West Malaysia and East Malaysia are separated by the South China Sea. Most large cities, heavy industry, and immigrant groups are concentrated in West Malaysia. East Malaysia is less populated and more agrarian. Malaysia’s economy is expanding in the sectors of science, tourism, commerce and medical tourism.
The country is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual. The constitution declares Islam the state religion while protecting freedom of religion.
Critical issues that Malaysia is facing are: trafficking of people, undocumented migrants and the influx of refugees. Malaysia is primarily a destination country.
Malaysia has made strides in educational and professional attainment of women, and their improved health status. Despite these advancements, women remain unequal to men in measures of economic participation, opportunity and political empowerment. However, strict gender segregation is not part of modern Malaysian life.
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd arrived in Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia in 1956. They established schools, a kindergarten and nursery and a residential service for girls experiencing disadvantage. In following years they set up communities in Ipoh and Johor. In 1988, the sisters opened a new mission in Sabah, East Malaysia.
Over 50 years, the purpose of the Good Shepherd welfare ministries in Malaysia is to provide pro-active developmental programmes, shelter, counselling and family intervention services, in residential and non-residential settings, to vulnerable teenage girls, women and children.
Good Shepherd welfare ministries in Malaysia:
Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd (Teenage Centre), Ampang, Selangor
Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd (Women Shelter), Selangor
Rose Virginie Good Shepherd Centre, Ipoh, Perak
Seri Murni Crisis Centre, Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan, Sabah
YouthPrep Centre, Alamesra, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Good Shepherd Rural Training Centre, Kiulu, Sabah
Asrama Desa Pukak, Kiulu, Sabah
Learning / Mobile Resource Centre, Sabah
Socio Economic Development, Keningau, Sabah