Makam Pahlawan

The Makam Pahlawan (Malay for Heroes' Mausoleum) is the burial ground of several Malaysian leaders and politicians. It is located near the Malaysian national mosque, Masjid Negara in the national capital, Kuala Lumpur. Construction of the mausoleum began in 1963 under its project of the construction of Masjid Negara and was completed in 1965.

Makam Pahlawan
مقام ڤهلاون
(Heroes Mausoleum)
Makam Pahlawan
LeadershipMalaysian National Leaders
LocationKuala Lumpur
Architect(s)Dato Baharuddin Abu Kassim
Capacity7 (Inside dome)
Image of Makam Pahlawan with the Masjid Negara in the background

The cemetery has an interior and an exterior. Part is covered with a concrete dome in the form of a starburst, each side of which almost touches the ground, and separated by a pond from the outside. In the centre is designed with a decorative symbol of the country, the Emblem of Malaysia (Jata Negara) and carving out new flowers marble from the island of Langkawi. The centre of the domed roof is adorned with gold coloured roses.

The Makam Pahlawan area and the Masjid Negara was gazetted in the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645), as a National Heritage site by the Heritage Department on 6 July 2007. The plaque installation ceremony was held on 30 April 2009.


Inside the dome

Outside the dome

Notable burials

  • Tun Abdul Razak, second Prime Minister of Malaysia (died on 1976) became the first Prime Minister to be buried there.
  • Tun Suhailah (died 2014) became the first spouse of the Prime Minister to be buried there.
  • Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman, second Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (died on 1973) became the first national leader and the first Deputy Prime Minister to be buried there. His widow, Toh Puan Norashikin Mohd. Seth (died 2010) was buried outside the mausoleum dome.
  • Tan Sri Syed Jaafar Syed Hassan Albar, former Minister of Rural Development (died 1977) became the first national leader buried outside the mausoleum dome.
  • Tun Fatimah Hashim, former Welfare Minister (died 2010) became the first woman leader buried there.
  • Tun Ibrahim Ismail, Chief of Defence Forces (1970-1977) (died 2010) became the first military person buried there.

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