Ministry of Education (Malaysia)

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Ministry of Education (MOE)
Kementerian Pendidikan
Agency overview
Formed 1956 (60 years ago) (1956)
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
Headquarters Block E8, Parcel E, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62604 Putrajaya
Minister responsible
Deputy Ministers responsible
Agency executive
  • Madinah Mohamad, Secretary-General

The Ministry of Education (Malay: Kementerian Pendidikan), abbreviated MOE, is cabinet-level ministry of Malaysia. Its main office is in Putrajaya. The current Federal Minister of Education is Mahdzir Khalid.

Malay name and its function[edit]

In Bahasa Malaysia it was called Kementerian Pendidikan, which was in charge in all education-related affairs. But in 2004, it has changed its name into Kementerian Pelajaran, which is only in charge from pre-school up to secondary level of education. The tertiary education is taken over by a new ministry, Ministry of Higher Education until May 2013 where Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the two ministry will be merged to form a single Ministry of Education.In 2015, the ministry were split again.

Political significance[edit]

Historically, the position of Minister of Education is considered a stepping stone for future Malaysian prime ministers. All Malaysian prime ministers to date have held this position in their career except the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

List of Federal Minister of Education[edit]

The following is a list of former and current Federal Minister of Education.[1]

Political Party:       Alliance       BN

Federal Minister of Education Term of Office Prime Minister
Portrait Name
Political Party Took Office Left Office
1 Tun Abdul Razak (MY 2nd PM).jpg Abdul Razak Hussein
Alliance (UMNO) 1955 1957 Chief Minister of the
Federation of Malaya

Tunku Abdul Rahman
2 Khir Johari
MP for Kedah Tengah
Alliance (UMNO) 1957 1960 Tunku Abdul Rahman
(I • II)
3 Abdul Rahman Talib
MP for Kuantan
Alliance (UMNO) 1960 1962 Tunku Abdul Rahman
4 Abdul Hamid Khan Sakhawat Ali Khan
(b. unknown)
MP for Batang Padang
Alliance (UMNO) 1962 1964 Tunku Abdul Rahman
(3) Abdul Rahman Talib
MP for Kuantan
Alliance (UMNO) 1964 1965 Tunku Abdul Rahman
(2) Khir Johari
MP for Kedah Tengah
Alliance (UMNO) 1965 1969 Tunku Abdul Rahman
5 Abdul Rahman Ya'kub
MP for Payang
1969 1970 Tunku Abdul Rahman
6 Tun Hussein Onn (MY 3rd PM).jpg Hussein Onn
MP for Johore Bahru Timor
Alliance (UMNO) 1970 1973 Abdul Razak Hussein
7 Mohamed Yaacob
MP for Tanah Merah
Alliance (UMNO) 1973 1974 Abdul Razak Hussein
8 Mahathir Mohamad 2007.jpg Mahathir Mohamad
(b. 1925)
MP for Kubang Pasu
BN (UMNO) 1974 1978 Abdul Razak Hussein
Hussein Onn
9 Musa Hitam
(b. 1934)
MP for Labis
BN (UMNO) 1978 1981 Hussein Onn
10 Sulaiman Daud
MP for Santubong
BN (PBB) 1981 1984 Mahathir Mohamad
(I • II)
11 AB April 2008.jpg Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(b. 1939)
MP for Kepala Batas
BN (UMNO) 1984 1986 Mahathir Mohamad
12 Anwar 980416.jpg Anwar Ibrahim
(b. 1947)
MP for Permatang Pauh
BN (UMNO) 1986 1991 Mahathir Mohamad
(III • IV)
(10) Sulaiman Daud
MP for Petra Jaya
BN (PBB) 1991 1995 Mahathir Mohamad
13 Najib Razak 2008-08-21.jpg Najib Razak
(b. 1953)
MP for Pekan
BN (UMNO) 1995 1999 Mahathir Mohamad
14 Musa Mohammad
(b. unknown)
BN (UMNO) 1999 2004 Mahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
15 Hishamuddin2014.jpg Hishammuddin Hussein
(b. 1961)
MP for Sembrong
BN (UMNO) 2004 2009 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(II • III)
16 MuhyiddinUS.jpg Muhyiddin Yassin
(b. 1947)
MP for Pagoh
BN (UMNO) 2009 2015 Najib Razak
(I • II)
(16) Idris bin Jusoh.jpg Idris Jusoh
(b. 1955)
MP for Besut
BN (UMNO) 2013 2015 Najib Razak
17 Mahdzir Khalid
(b. 1960)
MP for Padang Terap
BN (UMNO) 2015 Incumbent Najib Razak

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former Minister of Education". Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

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