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Ministry of Defence (Malaysia)

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Government of Malaysia

169,407 (2016)

31 August 1957; 59 years ago (1957-08-31)

Wisma Pertahanan, Jalan Padang Tembak, 50634 Kuala Lumpur

Annual budget
MYR 17,304,385,100 (2016)

Minister responsible
Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (Malay: Kementerian Pertahanan), abbreviated MINDEF, KEMENTAH, is a ministry of the Government of Malaysia that is responsible for defence, national security, army, navy, hydrography, air force, armed forces, intelligence services, counterintelligence, military intelligence, national service, and veterans affairs.


The Minister of Defence administers his functions through the Ministry of Defence and a range of other government agencies. The current Minister of Defence is Hishammuddin Hussein, whose term began on 16 May 2013. The current Deputy Minister of Defence is Mohd Johari Baharum.

Its headquarters is in Kuala Lumpur.


  • Minister of Defence
  • Deputy Minister
  • Secretary-General
  • Under the Authority of Secretary-General
  • Internal Audit and Investigation Division
  • Malaysian Armed Forces Council Secretariat
  • Key Performance Indicator Unit
  • Legal Division
  • Strategic Communications Unit
  • Integrity Unit
  • Deputy Secretary-General (Development)
  • Development Division
  • Procurement Division
  • Malaysian Armed Forces Catalouging Authority
  • Deputy Secretary-General (Policy)
  • Policy and Strategic Planning Division
  • Defence Industry Division
  • Defence Reserve Depot
  • Deputy Secretary-General (Management)
  • Human Resource Management Division
  • Information Management Division
  • Finance Division
  • Account Division
  • Administration Division
  • Chief of Defence Forces
  • Chief of Army
  • Chief of Navy
  • Chief of Air Force
  • Joint Force Commander
  • Director of General Defence Intelligence
  • Chief of Staff Malaysian Armed Forces Headquarters
  • Federal departments and agencies

    1. Malaysian Armed Forces Headquarters (MAF), or Markas Angkatan Tentera Malaysia. (Official site)
      1. Malaysian Army, or Tentera Darat Malaysia. (Official site)
      2. Royal Malaysian Navy, or Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia. (Official site)
      3. Royal Malaysian Air Force, or Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia. (Official site)
      4. Joint Forces Command, Malaysia, or Markas Angkatan Bersama. (Official site)
      5. Defence Staff Intelligence Division (DSID), or Bahagian Staf Perisikan Pertahanan (BSPP).
    2. Science and Technology Research Institute For Defence (STRIDE), or Institut Penyelidikan Sains dan Teknologi Pertahanan. (Official site)
    3. National Service Training Department, or Jabatan Latihan Khidmat Negara (JLKN). (Official site)
    4. Malaysian Armed Forces Department of Veterans Affairs, or Jabatan Hal Ehwal Veteran Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (JHEV). (Official site)
    5. Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (MiDAS), or Institut Pertahanan dan Keselamatan Malaysia. (Official site)
    6. Armed Forces Fund Board, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT). (Official site)
    7. Judge Advocate General Department, or Jabatan Ketua Hakim Peguam.
    8. Office of the Ministry of Defence Sabah (MINDEF Sabah), or Pejabat Kementerian Pertahanan Sabah.
    9. Office of the Ministry of Defence Sarawak (MINDEF Sarawak), or Pejabat Kementerian Pertahanan Sarawak.
    10. Ex-Serviceman Affairs Corporation, or Perbadanan Hal Ehwal Bekas Angkatan Tentera (PERHEBAT). (Official site)
    11. Malaysian Armed Forces Catalouging Authority (MAFCA), or Penguasa Katalog Angkatan Tentera Malaysia.
    12. Defence Reserve Depot, or Depot Simpanan Pertahanan

    Key legislation

    The Ministry of Defence is responsible for administration of several key Acts:

  • Armed Forces Act 1972 [Act 77]
  • Arms Act 1960 [Act 206]
  • National Service Act 1952 [Act 425]
  • National Service Training Act 2003 [Act 628]
  • Veterans Act 2012 [Act 740]
  • Policy Priorities of the Government of the Day

  • National Defence Policy
  • History

    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.


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