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Photo bombed as I was doing my work at Ex Air Thamal 2015. Picture courtesy of Mohd Daim.
Photo bombed as I was doing my work at Ex Air Thamal 2015. Picture courtesy of Mohd Daim.

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  1. The only thing new in Malaysian Armed Forces is promotion after promotion due to current individual retiring while our assets still stay the same, probably until the next 100 years. If only our assets can change like this, well, we can only pray and wish.

  2. Akmal – “If only our assets can change like this”

    Not only assets but doctrine, training, organisation and other things have to evolve. Adaptation and innovation are also vital but challenging for most armies; especially peacetime resource constrained ones with no recent combat history and a clueless and indifferent political leadership.

  3. Typical. A change of Govt and follows the changes of services heads. The new TLDM chief has already fast shown to be a line toer and team player, so will the new TDM chief be the same?

  4. It got nothing to do with the change of government. The former RMN head will be 60 in six months’ time. He was offered an extension of one year but declined. The Army chief tenure was extended for one year last year

  5. Marhalim – ”It got nothing to do with the change of government.”

    Exactly. It was scheduled a long time ago. Why on earth would anyone come up with the notion that it has anything to do with a new government in office.

  6. Previous Navy Chief quite vocal on a lot of issues. Hope the new chiefs across all branches will be the same.

  7. The flurry of changes also happened during last PH rule. While yes, Gen Zamrose should have retired last year (during BN2.0 Govt), instead they extended his contract. This you don’t see under PH both times. Coincidence or intentional? Who knows….

  8. It’s SOP, both the previous RMN and RMAF chiefs were offered one year extension but they declined. The then RMN chief had to leave as his anointed successor, the current chief, will have to retire as deputy, he is 60 this year, if the previous one accepted his extension.

    Only the PAT was changed when the PH took over in May 2018. And then a new PTD took over as the previous one reached his retirement age as well. It was the same when the RMN chief reached his retirement age. RMAF leadership changed when the then chief was promoted as the PAT.

    Apart from the PAT, another change was made when PH took over in 2018 and that was the DISD/MDIO or military intelligence chief. That was because there were allegations that the MI were used to help the then previous government. A claim which is laughable when one knows that the number of MI operatives could only make up two football teams.

    However, if you think it’s otherwise, what can I say…

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