Ministry of Defence was established on 31 August 1957 and officially began operations in a building located in Brockman Road (now Jalan Dato' Onn), Kuala Lumpur. This building also housed the office of the first Defence Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak bin Datuk Hussein, who served from 31 August 1957 to 22 September 1970.
The first building of the Ministry of Defence was constructed by the Federal Government at a cost of RM122,000.00 and was officially opened by Tun Haji Abdul Razak bin Datuk Hussein on 18 March 1960. The building constructed in Jalan Padang Tembak also housed the Chiefs and Officers of the Malaysian Armed Forces of the three services.
As a result of growing awareness among leaders of the importance of the armed forces, a complex consisting of 6 blocks of 4 storey's high was built in front of the Office of the Member Services Division to cater for the growing membership. The RM 2 million building was officially opened by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra on 6 April 1967.
After the retreat of the British troops, the Malaysian Government took drastic measures to improve the security of the country from any threat. This task is entrusted to the Ministry of Defence as well as the task of improving efficiency in the management of military needs from time to time.
To accommodate all the agencies under one roof, the government has decided to build a new building for the Ministry of Defence. As symbolic, the foundation stone was laid by the then Deputy Defence Minister, Dato' Abu Bakar bin Datu Abang Abang Haji Mustapha on 10 March 1982. The new building is located at Jalan Padang Tembak, Kuala Lumpur and was built with a budget of RM144 million and was completed in mid 1985. This 20 storey high building is known as "WISMA PERTAHANAN" and provides office space and meeting rooms. The area around "WISMA PERTAHANAN" known as the Defence Complex also provides facilities such as multi-storey car park building, auditorium, prayer room, Field of Defence (Parade Ground), guard stations, towers, computer room, 'helipad', cafeteria and others.
The Ministry of Defence is led by the Minister of Defence and assisted by a Deputy Minister. The organization of the Ministry of Defence consists of two main services. First, is the Public Service which is headed by the Secretary Genera and the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is headed by Chief of the Armed Forces.
Message From Chief of Defence Forces
Assalamualaikum W.B.T. and Greetings to All.
First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) in successfully creating this portal. I am glad that the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is also committed in applying Information and Communication Technology while developing this dynamic and sophisticated portal. I believe that since it was launched, various information and news related to the MAF can be shared within the society. Hence, it is my hope that the current news and information about the MAF roles and duties, dealings or activities will be disseminated via this medium.
At the same time, I urged all the three services namely the Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Air Force to continue supporting this portal by providing the latest news and information as well as fast and accurate feedback for each question or comment given by the society. I believe that this will enhance the MAF image and reputation in which to safeguard the public’s confidence in the MAF while contributing to the regional security and stability.
Lastly, I hope that this portal will elevate the level of professionalism, integrity and transparency of MinDef information system for the benefit of all. Hopefully, this will be a significant platform to foster closer relations, unity and cooperation between the MAF and civil servants from MinDef as well as external parties and thus supports the aspirations of 1Malaysia concept.
Wabillahitaufik Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
YM JENERAL TAN SRI RAJA MOHAMED AFFANDI BIN RAJA MOHAMED NOOR
Chief Of Defence Forces
Pledge Of The Public Service
We, who are appointed to serve the Government of Malaysia hereby, pledge that during and throughout the service with the Government, we will obey and practice the cores of the service while performing our duties. Toward achieving these, we:
- Will strive to improve the quality of service;
- Work with full responsibility;
- Eliminate self-centered ness;
- Serve with goodwill and courtesy;
- Work towards developing people's mindset and national development;
- Unite to eradicate the national weakness and enemies;
- Withold and adhere to religious teachings.