Prime Minister of Malaysia

The prime minister of Malaysia (Malay: Perdana Menteri Malaysia; Jawi: ڤردان منتري مليسيا) is the head of government of Malaysia. The prime minister directs the executive branch of the federal government. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong appoints as the prime minister a member of Parliament (MP) who, in his opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of a majority of MPs; this person is usually the leader of the party winning the most seats in a general election.

Prime Minister of Malaysia
Perdana Menteri Malaysia
ڤردان منتري مليسيا
Official emblem of the Office of the Prime Minister
Ismail Sabri Yaakob

since 21 August 2021
Government of Malaysia
Prime Minister's Department
StyleYang Amat Berhormat
(The Right Honourable)
unless otherwise specified
StatusHead of Government
Member ofCabinet
National Finance Council
National Security Council
House of Representatives
Reports toParliament
ResidenceSeri Perdana, Putrajaya
SeatPerdana Putra, Putrajaya
AppointerYang di-Pertuan Agong
Term length5 years or less, renewable (while commanding the confidence of the lower house of Parliament with General Elections held no more than five years apart)
Constituting instrumentFederal Constitution of Malaysia
Inaugural holderTunku Abdul Rahman
Formation31 August 1957; 64 years ago (1957-08-31)
SalaryMYR 22,826.65 per month[1]

After the formation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the chief minister of the Federation of Malaya, became the first prime minister of Malaysia.