Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Malaysia)

Wisma Putra Ministry (government department) Government of Malaysia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Kementerian Luar Negeri
Wisma Putra
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Ministry overview
Formed1956; 64 years ago (1956)
Preceding Ministry
JurisdictionGovernment of Malaysia
HeadquartersWisma Putra, No. 1, Jalan Wisma Putra, Precinct 2, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62602 Putrajaya
Employees3,255 (2017)
Annual budgetMYR 620,904,400 (2017)
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Ministry executives
  • Ramlan Ibrahim, Secretary-General
  • Raja Nushirwan Zainal Abidin, Deputy Secretary-General (Bilateral Affairs)
  • Ho May Yong, Deputy Secretary-General (Multilateral Affairs)
  • Rahimi Harun, Deputy Secretary-General (Management Services)
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Malay: Kementerian Luar Negeri), abbreviated KLN, is a ministry of the Government of Malaysia that is responsible for foreign affairs, Malaysian diaspora, foreigners in Malaysia, diplomacy, foreign relations, counter terrorism, bilateral affairs, multilateral affairs, ASEAN, international protocol, consular services, maritime affairs, chemical weapons.[1] The current ministry is based in Putrajaya. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia is also widely known as Wisma Putra, which is also the name of its building in Putrajaya.


Federal departments

  1. Department of Bilateral Affairs, or Jabatan Hubungan Dua Hala. (Official site)
  2. Department of Multilateral Affairs, or Jabatan Hubungan Pelbagai Hala. (Official site)
  3. Department of Management Services, or Jabatan Pengurusan Perkhidmatan. (Official site)
  4. Department of Protocol and Consular, or Jabatan Protokol dan Konsular. (Official site)
  5. Department of Policy Planning and Coordination, or Jabatan Perancangan Dasar dan Strategi. (Official site)
  6. Department of Maritime Affairs, or Jabatan Hal Ehwal Maritim. (Official site)

Federal agencies

  1. Asean-Malaysia National Secretariat, or Sekretariat Kebangsaan Asean-Malaysia. (Official site)
  2. Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IFDR), or Institut Diplomasi dan Hubungan Luar Negeri. (Official site)
  3. Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), or Pusat Serantau Asia Tenggara bagi Mencegah Keganasan. (Official site)
  4. National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), or Pihak Berkuasa Kebangsaan Konvensyen Senjata Kimia. (Official site)

Key legislation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for administration of several key Acts:


The origin of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs began before Malaysia's independence in 1957. The groundwork for the establishment of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), as it was initially called, was initiated a year prior to Independence particularly with through the training of a batch of eleven diplomats to man the country's diplomatic missions overseas. This pioneering group was trained in the United Kingdom and Australia.[2]

The Ministry of External Affairs was modeled after the British Foreign Office.[2]

Initially, Malaysia had diplomatic missions in London, New York City with a concurrent office in Washington D.C., Canberra, New Delhi, Jakarta and Bangkok. In 1963, there were fourteen Malaysian missions and twenty-five countries were represented in Malaysia (four by way of concurrent accreditation).[2]

In 1965, the diplomatic machinery of Malaysia faced its first major reorganisation. In 1966, there was an accelerated growth pattern of the Foreign Ministry particularly with regard to the personnel and the financial allocation for its activities. That year also witnessed a change in the designation of MEA to the preferred terminology of "Ministry of Foreign Affairs" and also saw the physical relocation and consolidation of the Ministry. From its original premises at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Ministry moved to Wisma Putra. The Wisma Putra Complex is based on a combination of both traditional and modern architecture.[2]


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs bears the mandate and responsibility to conduct Malaysia's foreign relations with other countries. This includes matters related to political relations, economic affairs, security matters, and social and cultural promotion. The Ministry is geared towards fulfilling its role and functions:

Legal Framework

The External Affairs Legislations that fall within the purview of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are:

In addition, the Federal Constitution allows Parliament to make laws related to external affairs that include:

See also


  1. ^ "Functions". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "Brief History of Wisma Putra". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Retrieved 20 September 2008.