Ministry of Education (Malaysia)

Ministry of Education (MOE)
Kementerian Pendidikan
Ministry overview
Formed 1955 (1955)
Preceding agencies
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Higher Education
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
Headquarters Block E8, Parcel E, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62604 Putrajaya
Employees 555,109 (2016)
Annual budget MYR 41,359,702,800 (2016)
Minister responsible
Deputy Ministers responsible
Ministry executives
  • Madinah Mohamad, Secretary-General
  • Khair Mohamad Yusof, Director-General
  • Azmi Lateh, Deputy Secretary-General (Educational Development)
  • Jamil Rakon, Deputy Secretary-General (Management)
  • Khairil Awang, Deputy Director-General of Education (Education Development Policy Sector)
  • Ahmad Tajuddin Jab, Deputy Director-General of Education (Education Operation Sector)
  • Amin Senin, Deputy Director-General of Education (Teaching Professionalism Development Sector)

The Ministry of Education (Malay: Kementerian Pendidikan), abbreviated MOE, is a ministry of the Government of Malaysia that is responsible for education system, compulsory education, pre-tertiary education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), curriculum standard, textbook, standardised test, language policy, translation, selective school, comprehensive school.


Federal statutory authorities

  1. Institute of Language and Literature, or Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP). (Official site)
  2. Malaysian Examination Council, or Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (MPM). (Official site)

Key legislation

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

Policy Priorities of the Government of the Day

Frequently Asked Questions about MOE Policy

Malay name and its function

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

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

Minister of Education
Mahdzir Khalid

since 29 July 2015 (2015-07-29)
Style Yang Berhormat Menteri (The Honourable Minister)
Member of Cabinet of Malaysia
Reports to Parliament of Malaysia
Seat Level 10, Block E8, Parcel E, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62604 Putrajaya
Appointer Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Formation 1955 (1955)
First holder Abdul Razak Hussein
Deputy P. Kamalanathan
Chong Sin Woon

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 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
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 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
(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 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(b. 1939)
MP for Kepala Batas
BN (UMNO) 1984 1986 Mahathir Mohamad
12 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
(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 Hishammuddin Hussein
(b. 1961)
MP for Sembrong
BN (UMNO) 2004 2009 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(II • III)
16 Muhyiddin Yassin
(b. 1947)
MP for Pagoh
BN (UMNO) 2009 2015 Najib Razak
(I • II)
(16) Idris Jusoh
(b. 1955)
MP for Besut
BN (UMNO) 2013 2015 Najib Razak
17 Mahdzir Khalid
(b. 1960)
MP for Padang Terap
BN (UMNO) 29 July 2015 Incumbent Najib Razak

See also


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