Perwira Niaga Malaysia (Armed Forces Trading Corporation of Malaysia)
in short, PERNAMA, is a wholly owned corporation of Lembaga Tabung Angkatan
Tentera (Armed Forces Fund Board).
By virtue of Section 23 of the Tabung Angkatan Tentera Act 1973, PERNAMA
is to carry out the business activities relating to retail, wholesale,
distribution, import-export, hire-purchase of goods and provision of management
PERNAMA was established with the aim of taking over the retail business
operated by Navy, Army and Air Force Institute (NAAFI) in the Malaysian
Armed Forces. It was gazetted on July 7 under the Order of Lembaga Tabung
Angkatan Tentera 1983.
PERNAMA took over the entire retail chain in the Malaysian Armed Forces
from NAAFI on July 1, 1983. With an initial takeover of only 35 stores,
PERNAMA expanded its services to cover almost all camps. To date, there
are altogether 58 retail stores in the military market.
PERNAMA stocks very comprehensive range of goods from electrical and household
products, kitchen appliances, glassware, carpets, sportwears and equipments,
groceries and drinks, automotive products to modern state of art electronic
Some groups of products sold by PERNAMA are exempted from duties and taxes.
These duty-free goods are categorised under two main groupings:-
1) Imported goods exempted from custom duties and sales tax.
2) Locally manufactured goods exempted from excise duties and sales tax.
Fifteen (15) categories of goods exempted from duties and taxes are controlled
products. Each member of the Malaysian Armed Forces is entitled to buy
only one unit of controlled product in every three years.
The main market that PERNAMA serves are the regular soldiers of the Malaysian
Armed Foirces, members of the Commonwealth Forces and members of the voluntary
corps undergoing training not less than 72 hours or undergoing annual
With amendments to the Sales Tax Order (Exemption) (Amendment) (No. 10)
2001, Custom Duty Order (Exemption) (Amendment) (No.4) 2001 and Excise
Duty Order (Exemption) (Amendment) 2001 gazetted by the Finance Ministry
with effect from 27 September, 2001 all ex-servicemen and members of the
voluntary corps in the Armed Forces can now purchase duty-free goods at
all PERNAMA outlets nationwide.
An initial capital of RM 12.0 million was made available in 1983 as a
working capital. With the acquisition of land and the construction of
a warehouse and office complex at Bukit Raja, Klang a further RM 8.0 million
was injected into PERNAMA. And in 1989, its paid-up capital was raised
by another RM 5.0 million.
To date, the total paid-up capital is RM 25.0 million.