Armed Forces Act 1972

The Armed Forces Act 1972 (Malay: Akta Angkatan Tentera 1972), is a Malaysian laws which enacted to amend and consolidate the law relating to the establishment, government and discipline of the armed forces of Malaysia.

Armed Forces Act 1972
Parliament of Malaysia
CitationAct 77
Territorial extentThroughout Malaysia
Enacted byDewan Rakyat
Enacted byDewan Negara
Royal assent28 April 1972
Commenced4 May 1972
Effective[1 June 1976, P.U. (B) 271/1976]
Legislative history
Bill introduced in the Dewan RakyatArmed Forces Bill 1972
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Bill introduced in the Dewan NegaraArmed Forces Bill 1972
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Amended by
Malaysian Currency (Ringgit) Act 1975 [Act 160]
Armed Forces (Amendment) Act 1978 [Act A440]
Armed Forces (Amendment) Act 1984 [Act A583]
Armed Forces (Amendment) Act 1996 [Act A974]
Armed Forces (Amendment) Act 2005 [Act A1243]
Related legislation
Malay Regiment Enactment
Federation Regiment Ordinance 1952 [Ord. 27 of 1952]
Military Forces Ordinance 1952 [Ord. 47 of 1952]
Navy Ordinance 1958
Air Force Ordinance 1958
Territorial Army Ordinance 1958 [Ord. 52 of 1958]
Naval Volunteer Reserve Ordinance 1958 [Ord. 55 of 1958]
Air Force Volunteer Reserve Ordinance 1958 [Ord. 58 of 1958]
Malaysian Armed Forces
Status: In force


The Armed Forces Act 1972, in its current form (1 January 2006), consists of 10 Parts containing 217 sections and 2 schedules (including 5 amendments).

  • Part I: Preliminary
  • Part II: The Regular Forces of Malaysia
  • Part III: Commissioning and Appointment of Officers of the Regular Forces
  • Part IV: Enlistment and Terms of Service for the Regular Forces
  • Part V: Service Offences and Punishments
    • Offences in Respect of Military Service
    • Mutiny and Insubordination
    • Avoidance of or Failure to Perform Military Duties
    • Offences Relating to Property
    • Offences Relating to, and by, Persons in Custody
    • Navigation and Flying Offences
    • Offences Relating to Service Tribunals
    • Miscellaneous Offences
    • Punishments
    • Arrest
    • Summary Disposal of Charges
    • Courts-Martial: General Provisions
    • Courts-Martial--Provision relating to trial
    • Procedure
    • Confirmation, Revision and Review of Proceedings of Courts-Martial
    • Review of Summary Findings and Awards
    • Findings of Insanity
    • Savings for Functions of Judge Advocate General
    • Commencement, Suspension and Duration of Sentences
    • Execution of Sentences of Death, Imprisonment and Detention
    • Trial of Persons Ceasing to be Subject to Service Law and Time Limits for Trials
    • Relations between Service Law and Civil Courts and Finality of Trials
    • Inquiries
    • Miscellaneous Provisions
    • Interpretation
  • Part VI: Pay, Forfeitures and Deductions
  • Part VII: General Provisions
    • Powers of Command
    • Redress of Complaints
    • Provisions as to Ships under Convoy
    • Provisions as to Salvage
    • Provisions relating to Deserters and Absentees without Leave
    • Offences relating to the Armed Forces punishable by Civil Courts
    • Provisions as to Evidence
    • Miscellaneous Provisions
  • Part VIII: The Regular Forces Reserve
  • Part IX: The Volunteer Forces of Malaysia
  • Part X: Application of the Act and Supplemental Provisions
    • Persons subject to Service Law under this Act
    • Application of the Act to Particular Forces
  • Schedules

See also


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