Ministry of Works (Malaysia)
|The Federal Government of Malaysia|
|Deputy Minister||Rosnah Shirlin|
|Secretary General||Himmat Singh|
|Established date||31 August 1957|
The Ministry of Works (Malay: Kementerian Kerja Raya) is a government ministry that is responsible determining the policies and direction to achieve the goals of Works, in line with Malaysia's commitment towards the United Nations.
In 1954, the British Government took several measures to separate the administration of the Malay Peninsula (Malaya) from its main administration centralised in Singapore. This marked the beginning point where the local government departments in Malay Peninsula were permitted to implement their own policies and programs respectively. In 1956, the Chief Minister and several Ministers were appointed to lead the Federation of Malay Peninsula.
In the same year, several ministries were formed including the Ministry of Works, which then was originally named the Ministry of Works, Post and Telecom. The Honourable Mr. Sardon bin Haji Jubir was the first Minister to lead this Ministry. The functions and responsibilities of the Public Works Department were retained and put under the purview of the Ministry’s administration. In 1957, the Ministry was reorganized and renamed as the Ministry of Works and Transportation.
The rapid progress made in the country’s development and socioeconomic condition during the 1970s resulted in the increase of the Ministry’s functions and roles. With the addition of the new roles, the Ministry was renamed once more as the Ministry of Works and Public Amenities in 1978. However, in line with the specialization of responsibilities, the Government decided to renamed the Ministry as the Ministry of Works Malaysia in the 1980s; the name has remained unchanged as of early 2014.