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Ministry of Defence (Malaysia)

Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Kementerian Pertahanan (KEMENTAH)
Ministry overview
Formed 31 August 1957 (1957-08-31)
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
Headquarters Jalan Padang Tembak, 50634 Kuala Lumpur
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Ministry executive
  • Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi, Secretary-General
Child agencies

The Ministry of Defence (Malay: Kementerian Pertahanan), abbreviated MOD, KEMENTAH, is the Malaysian government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the Malaysian Armed Forces (including the Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Air Force and Royal Malaysian Navy).

The KEMENTAH states that its principal objectives are to defend Malaysia and its interests and to strengthen international peace and stability. Hishammuddin Hussein is the current defence minister.


Since Malaysia achieved its independence on 31 August 1957, the Ministry of Defence has been officially operated in a building located in Brockman Road (currently known as Dato' Onn Street), Kuala Lumpur. The office of the first Defence Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak, who had served from 31 August 1957 until 22 September 1970, was also located here.

A few years later, the first Ministry of Defence building was built by the Federal Government at Jalan Padang Tembak, Kuala Lumpur to house the commander offices and Malaysian Armed Forces senior officers of all the three services. The building was constructed at a cost of RM 122,000.00 which was approved by then Defence Minister, Tun Abdul Razak on 18 March 1960.

In order to accommodate the increasing needs with the expansion of the armed forces towards the control of national security responsibility, a complex which consist of six blocks building as high as four-storey each was built in front of the Personnel Services Division office. The RM2 Million complex was opened by the Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman on 6 April 1967. Following of the British Government decision to withdraw their armies from this region after 1970, Malaysian Government has taken several steps, Ministry of Defence was required to reorganise Malaysian Armed Forces’ need of its expansion purposes.

Realising this, the government has decided to build one new building for Ministry of Defence to accommodate all its agencies. Thus, on 10 March 1982, the foundations of the building had been launched by the Deputy Defence Minister, Dato' Abang Abu Bakar bin Datu Bandar Abang Haji Mustapha.

The new building of Ministry of Defence which is located at Jalan Padang Tembak, Kuala Lumpur, was built with the price of RM 144 million. The construction started in early 1982 and completed in the middle year 1985. The building as high as 20 storeys which is known as 'Defence building' provide office compartments and meeting rooms. Its surroundings which is known as Defence Building Complex also provide some of the facilities such as the tiered parking, auditorium, Surau, parade square, guard station, tower, computer room, 'helipad', cafeteria and others.

Ministry of Defence is led by Defence Minister and assisted by the Deputy Minister. Ministry of Defence organisation contains two main services; civilian and Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF). The ministry is responsible towards the implementation of National Defence Policy and resources provided to the armed forces to defend the country.

Functions and Responsibilities

  • Managing national defence.
  • Implementing national defence policy as well as other government policies.
  • Providing MAF management and administrative services.
  • Managing the allocated resources for national defence.


  • Form competent k-Force with the ability to manage and operate sophisticated defence technology.
  • Develop Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) as an efficient defence headquarters in implementing combat duties.
  • Increase defence technology support through R & D and industry development.
  • Strengthen regional defence relationship.

List of Federal Minister of Defence

The following is a list of former and current Federal Minister of Defence.

Political Party:

Federal Minister of Defence Term of Office Prime Minister
Portrait Name
Political Party Took Office Left Office
1 Abdul Razak Hussein
MP for Pekan
UMNO) 31 August 1957 22 September 1970 Tunku Abdul Rahman
(I • II • III • IV)
2 Hamzah Abu Samah
MP for Raub
UMNO) 1973 1974 Abdul Razak Hussein
3 Mahathir Mohamad
(b. 1925)
MP for Kubang Pasu
UMNO) 1981 1986 Mahathir Mohamad
(I • II)
4 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(b. 1939)
MP for Kepala Batas
UMNO) 1986 1987 Mahathir Mohamad
5 Najib Razak
(b. 1953)
MP for Pekan
UMNO) 1990 1995 Mahathir Mohamad
6 Syed Hamid Albar
(b. 1944)
MP for Kota Tinggi
UMNO) 1995 1999 Mahathir Mohamad
(5) Najib Razak
(b. 1953)
MP for Pekan
UMNO) 1999 2008 Mahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(I • II)
(4) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(b. 1939)
MP for Kepala Batas
UMNO) 2008 2009 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
7 Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
(b. 1953)
MP for Bagan Datoh
UMNO) 2009 2013 Najib Razak
8 Hishammuddin Hussein
(b. 1961)
MP for Sembrong
UMNO) 2013 Incumbent Najib Razak

External links

  • Ministry of Defence Malaysia portal
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