Formal Establishment of Relations


-     18 May 1964 (Note: Philippine Legation established in 1959)


MY Head of State

-     H.M. Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V


MY Head of Government

Foreign Minister


-     H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

-     H.E. Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah

PH Head of Government

PH Foreign Affairs Secretary

-     H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte

-     H.E. Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr.


MY Ambassador to PH

   -   Amb. Dato’ Raszlan Abdul Rashid[1]        

       August 21, 2016 – Present


PH Ambassador to MY

-   Amb. Charles C. Jose                                          15 April 2017 – Present

Relations between the Philippines and Malaysia are deep and longstanding, as the two countries are neighbors and partners in ASEAN, and the Filipino and Malaysian peoples have interacted since time immemorial.

Diplomatic relations began in 1959 when the Philippine legation was established in Kuala Lumpur, and was formally instituted as a consulate on 18 May 1964.

High-level Visits


The past few years saw a number of high-level visits by Philippine and Malaysian officials which further strengthened the two countries’ good bilateral ties.


Visits of the Heads of States:


Name of Official

Date of the Visit


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

14-16 July 2018


November 2016

Official Visit


Part of PRRD’s Introductory Tour to the ASEAN Member States

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak


November 2017

April 2017

ASEAN Summit Events

November 2015

APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting

March 2014

Attended the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

October 2012

Witnessed the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro

President Benigno S. Aquino III

April 2015

26th ASEAN Summit

November 2015

27th ASEAN Summit

February 2014

State Visit

Other high-level visits include the following:

Name of Official

Date of Visit


Vice President Jejomar C. Binay

June 2014

Attended the inauguration of the World Scout Kuala Lumpur Office

May 2012

Official Visit

Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter S. Cayetano

12-16 July 2018


August 2017

Official Visit


Closing and turn-over ceremony of the 29th South East Asian Games (SEA Games)

Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman

November 2016


September 2013

Meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario

June 2013

Working Visit to Manila/Meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario

August 2015

ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

November 2015

27th ASEAN Summit

February 2014

Member of the delegation during PBSA’s State Visit to MY

31 Marcy to 1 April 2011

Introductory visit

Joint Commission Meeting (JCM)

In 1993, the Philippines and Malaysia established an over-arching coordinating mechanism, the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC), which was later renamed as the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM). The JCM created other mechanisms to further enhance cooperation in the political, economic, security, tourism, cultural and other fields. It has met seven times – in 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2011.

Twenty agreements, protocols and declarations have been signed to date, covering education, culture, tourism, defense, consular, politico-security, the economy and the environment.