Ministry of Works (Malaysia)

Ministry of Works
Kementerian Kerja Raya (KKR)
Ministry overview
Formed 31 August 1957 (1957-08-31)
Preceding Ministry
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
Headquarters Kompleks Kerja Raya, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, 50580 Kuala Lumpur
Employees 12,171 (2016)
Annual budget MYR 5,775,907,700 (2016)
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Ministry executives
  • Zohari Akob, Secretary-General
  • Abdul Razak Jaafar, Deputy Secretary-General (Policy and Development)
  • Sarani Dollah, Deputy Secretary-General (Management)

The Ministry of Works (Malay: Kementerian Kerja Raya), abbreviated KKR, is a ministry of the Government of Malaysia that is responsible for public works, highway authority, construction industry, engineers, architects and quantity surveyors.

Portfolio responsibilities

  1. Malaysian Public Works Department, or Jabatan Kerja Raya Malaysia (JKR). (Official site)
  2. Malaysian Highway Authority, or Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia (LLM). (Official site)
  3. Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), or Lembaga Pembangunan Industri Pembinaan Malaysia. (Official site)
  4. Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), or Lembaga Jurutera Malaysia. (Official site)
  5. Board of Architects Malaysia, or Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM). (Official site)
  6. Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), or Lembaga Juruukur Bahan Malaysia. (Official site)

Key legislation

The Ministry of Works is responsible for administration of several key Acts.


In 1954, the British Government took several measures to separate the administration of the Malay Peninsula (Malaya) from its main administration centralised in Singapore. This marked the beginning point where the local government departments in Malay Peninsula were permitted to implement their own policies and programs respectively. In 1956, the Chief Minister and several Ministers were appointed to lead the Federation of Malay Peninsula.

In the same year, several ministries were formed including the Ministry of Works, which then was originally named the Ministry of Works, Post and Telecom. The Honourable Mr. Sardon bin Haji Jubir was the first Minister to lead this Ministry. The functions and responsibilities of the Public Works Department were retained and put under the purview of the Ministry’s administration. In 1957, the Ministry was reorganized and renamed as the Ministry of Works and Transportation.

The rapid progress made in the country's development and socioeconomic condition during the 1970s resulted in the increase of the Ministry’s functions and roles. With the addition of the new roles, the Ministry was renamed once more as the Ministry of Works and Public Amenities in 1978. However, in line with the specialisation of responsibilities, the Government decided to renamed the Ministry as the Ministry of Works Malaysia in the 1980s; the name has remained unchanged as of early 2014.

List of Federal Ministers of Works

Minister of Works
Fadillah Yusof

since 16 May 2013 (2013-05-16)
Style Yang Berhormat Menteri (The Honourable Minister)
Member of Cabinet of Malaysia
Reports to Parliament of Malaysia
Seat Tingkat 5, Blok A, Kompleks Kerja Raya, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, 50580 Kuala Lumpur
Appointer Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Formation 9 August 1955 (1955-08-09)
First holder Sardon Jubir
Deputy Rosnah Shirlin

The following is a list of Federal Ministers of Works.[1]

Political party:   Alliance   BN

Portrait Name
Political Party Term of Office Prime Minister
Took Office Left Office
Federal Minister of Works
1 Sardon Jubir
Alliance (UMNO) 9 August 1955 1 April 1956 Chief Minister of the
Federation of Malaya

Tunku Abdul Rahman
Federal Minister of Works, Posts and Telecommunications
2 V. T. Sambanthan
MP for Sungei Siput
Alliance (MIC) 2 April 1956 31 December 1971 Tunku Abdul Rahman
(I • II • III • IV)
Abdul Razak Hussein
Federal Minister of Works and Energy
3 Abdul Ghani Gilong
(b. unknown)
MP for Kinabalu
Alliance (USNO) 1 January 1972 4 March 1974 Abdul Razak Hussein
Federal Minister of Works and Transport
(3) Abdul Ghani Gilong
(b. unknown)
MP for Kinabalu
BN (USNO) 5 September 1974 4 March 1976 Abdul Razak Hussein
Federal Minister of Works and Public Amenities
(3) Abdul Ghani Gilong
(b. unknown)
MP for Kinabalu
BN (USNO) 5 March 1976 27 July 1978 Hussein Onn
4 Lee San Choon
(b. 1935)
MP for Segamat
BN (MCA) 28 July 1978 15 September 1980 Hussein Onn
5 Samy Vellu
(b. 1937)
MP for Sungai Siput
BN (MIC) 16 September 1980 7 June 1983 Hussein Onn
Mahathir Mohamad
(I • II)
Federal Minister of Works
(5) Samy Vellu
(b. 1937)
MP for Sungai Siput
BN (MIC) 8 June 1983 14 June 1989 Mahathir Mohamad
(II • III)
6 Leo Moggie Irok
(b. unknown)
MP for Kanowit
BN (PBDS) 15 June 1989 8 May 1995 Mahathir Mohamad
(III • IV)
(5) Samy Vellu
(b. 1937)
MP for Sungai Siput
BN (MIC) 9 May 1995 15 March 2008 Mahathir Mohamad
(V • VI)
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(I • II)
7 Mohd Zin Mohamed
(b. 1954)
MP for Sepang
BN (UMNO) 20 March 2008 9 April 2009 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
8 Shaziman Abu Mansor
(b. 1964)
MP for Tampin
10 April 2009 15 May 2013 Najib Razak
9 Fadillah Yusof
(b. 1962)
MP for Petra Jaya
BN (PBB) 16 May 2013 Incumbent Najib Razak


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