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Minister of Foreign Affairs (Malaysia)

The minister is supported by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. The minister administers the portfolio through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Saifuddin Abdullah

since 2 July 2018 (2018-07-02)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Style Yang Berhormat Menteri
(The Honourable Minister)
Member of Cabinet of Malaysia
Reports to Parliament of Malaysia
Seat Putrajaya
Appointer Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Formation 31 August 1957 (1957-08-31)
First holder Tunku Abdul Rahman
as Minister of External Affairs

List of ministers of foreign affairsEdit

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs, or any of its precedent titles:[1]

Political Party:   Alliance   BN   Pakatan Harapan

Portrait Name
Political Party Title Took Office Left Office Prime Minister
  Tunku Abdul Rahman Alliance (UMNO) Minister of External Affairs 31 August 1957 2 February 1959 Tunku Abdul Rahman
Ismail Abdul Rahman 3 February 1959 31 August 1960 Tunku Abdul Rahman
  Tunku Abdul Rahman 1 September 1960 22 September 1970 Tunku Abdul Rahman
(II · III · IV)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Abdul Razak Hussein 23 September 1970 12 August 1975 Abdul Razak Hussein
(I · II)
Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail 13 August 1975 16 July 1981 Abdul Razak Hussein
Hussein Onn
(I · II)
  Ghazali Shafie 17 July 1981 16 July 1984 Mahathir Mohamad
(I · II)
Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail 17 July 1984 10 August 1986 Mahathir Mohamad
  Rais Yatim 11 August 1986 7 May 1987 Mahathir Mohamad
Abu Hassan Omar 20 May 1987 14 March 1991 Mahathir Mohamad
(III · IV)
  Abdullah Ahmad Badawi 15 March 1991 8 January 1999 Mahathir Mohamad
(IV · V)
  Syed Hamid Albar 9 January 1999 18 March 2008 Mahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(I · II)
  Rais Yatim 19 March 2008 8 April 2009 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
  Anifah Aman 9 April 2009 10 May 2018 Najib Razak
(I · II)
  Saifuddin Abdullah PH (PKR) 2 July 2018 Incumbent Mahathir Mohamad


  1. ^ "Former Ministers". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Retrieved 19 April 2014.