Ministry of Defence (Malaysia)

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Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Kementerian Pertahanan (KEMENTAH)
Ministry overview
Formed 31 August 1957; 58 years ago (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
Malaysian Armed Forces
Malaysian Army Flag of the Malaysian Army.svg
Royal Malaysian Navy Naval Ensign of Malaysia.svg
Royal Malaysian Air Force Ensign of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.svg
Military history of Malaysia
Related information
Awards & decorations
Special Operations Force
National service
Military manpower
Military age 18 years of age
Availability males age 16-49: 7,501,518
females age 16-49: 7,315,999
(2010 est.)
Fit For service males age 16-49: 6,247,306
females age 16-49: 6,175,274
(2010 est.)
Of age / year males: 265,008
females: 254,812
(2010 est.)
Military expenditure
Dollar figure 5.4 billion
% of GDP 1.4%

Source :
IHS Jane's

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

Political Party:       Alliance       BN

Federal Minister of Defence Term of Office Prime Minister
Portrait Name
Political Party Took Office Left Office
1 Tun Abdul Razak (MY 2nd PM).jpg Abdul Razak Hussein
MP for Pekan
Alliance (UMNO) 31 August 1957 22 September 1970 Tunku Abdul Rahman
(I • II • III • IV)
2 Hamzah Abu Samah
MP for Raub
Alliance (UMNO) 1973 1974 Abdul Razak Hussein
3 Mahathir Mohamad 2007.jpg Mahathir Mohamad
(b. 1925)
MP for Kubang Pasu
BN (UMNO) 1981 1986 Mahathir Mohamad
(I • II)
4 AB April 2008.jpg Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(b. 1939)
MP for Kepala Batas
BN (UMNO) 1986 1987 Mahathir Mohamad
5 Najib Razak 2008-08-21.jpg Najib Razak
(b. 1953)
MP for Pekan
BN (UMNO) 1990 1995 Mahathir Mohamad
6 Halbar.JPG Syed Hamid Albar
(b. 1944)
MP for Kota Tinggi
BN (UMNO) 1995 1999 Mahathir Mohamad
(5) Najib Razak 2008-08-21.jpg Najib Razak
(b. 1953)
MP for Pekan
BN (UMNO) 1999 2008 Mahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(I • II)
(4) AB April 2008.jpg Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(b. 1939)
MP for Kepala Batas
BN (UMNO) 2008 2009 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
7 AZHThai.jpg Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
(b. 1953)
MP for Bagan Datoh
BN (UMNO) 2009 2013 Najib Razak
8 Hishamuddin2014.jpg Hishammuddin Hussein
(b. 1961)
MP for Sembrong
BN (UMNO) 2013 Incumbent Najib Razak

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