Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI)

Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI)

About Us

The Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) runs the SAHABAT Support Centre (SSC) project, established in January 2011 with the goal of providing services to urban refugees from small minority communities. As of February 2016 we have 1,832 families registered at the SSC, totalling to around 5,300 individual refugees and asylum-seekers. Refugees and asylum seekers come mainly from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Pakistan, with a smaller number coming from other countries such as Somalia, Yemen, Sudan or Nigeria.

What we do

The Sahabat Support Centre provides:

  • Basic education for children and unaccompanied minors from the age of 4 to 18, and an adult education and vocational training program;
  • Family Health care program that includes primary healthcare, preventive healthcare, family planning and counselling;
  • Emergency support to families with particular vulnerabilities such as cases in need of hospital treatment, families with young children and female headed households or households with no other form of support.

Our mission is to make a difference in the life of displaced people in Malaysia, particularly refugees and asylum seekers, and to advocate about the cause of displaced people.

Activities consist of:

  • CINTA Programme, where refugee women receive training on sewing, making crochet and handicrafts, and sell their products in different stores.
  • Adult English Classes and vocational courses taught by committed volunteers.
  • Food Support, provided to all families registered at SSC, based on their specific needs.
  • The Support a Family Programme which matches impoverished refugee families living in Kuala Lumpur with individual or group sponsors to provide the family with regular support.
  • The Mentoring Programme. An initiative to support refugees living Malaysia in which mentors, mainly Malaysians, are matched with a refugee to develop a friendly mentoring relationship.

How you can help

Your contributions, no matter how small, will make a lot of difference for the communities of refugees and asylum seekers we are supporting. Donations given will be channelled to numerous programmes at MSRI, ranging from education, vocational training for adults, healthcare assistance, to livelihood support. Whether you realise it or not, your supportive role has a significant part in spreading awareness on issues concerning refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia.

Location and Mailing Address
No. 1, Tingkat 1,
Jalan Mamanda 7, Ampang Point,
68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: 03-4252 8699
Email: /

Operation Hours
Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
(closed for lunch between 1.00pm – 2.00pm)
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

For more information, please visit our website:

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