Leadership Changes in the Armed Forces

SHAH ALAM: Jen Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Nor officially assumed the post of the Chief of Defence Force today (Dec 16. 2016). He took over from retiring Jen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, who had been in charge of the Armed Forces since June 15. 2011.

Raja Affandi’s ascension to the post of CDF was announced in June. He was appointed as the Army chief on June 15, 2013.

Raja Mohamed Affandi

Army chief Jen Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed will take over as Chief of Defence Forces by year end. Raja Affandi will replace on Dec 16, Jen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin who is retiring, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammudin Hussein today.

Jen Zulkifeli taking the salute at his farewell parade on Thursday. MAF photo

Hishammudin said Zulkifeli would be going on his accumulated annual leave and undergo transition training from Dec 16. Zulkifeli’s application to extend his service for 12 months beyond the mandatory retirement age, from June 14, 2016, to June 13, 2017, was approved by the Armed Forces Council, he added.

He also said that the council also approved Raja Mohamed Affandi’s extension of service for 12 months beyond the mandatory retirement age, from June 20, 2017, to June 19, 2018.

The decisions on the matter were adopted at the 548th meeting of the Armed Forces Council on May 23, and the appointments and extensions of service were consented by the King.

The announcement was made six months earlier to avert any speculation, ensure a smooth transition of leadership and to enable the leaders to make the necessary preparations.

Meanwhile, Jen Zulkiple Kassim,has taken over as the Army chief, also today. He was promoted as a general prior to taking over the post.The chairman of the RMR was the Field Commander, West, prior to his promotion to the top soldier’s post.

Zulkiple promoted to a four-star general shortly before he took over as the new Army chief

Zulkiple, 57, began his service in the Army on April 7, 1978, after completing his studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England. Lt Gen Azizan Md Delin is now the Army Field Commander, West, replacing Zulkiple.

As no announcement has been made on the new Air Force chief, I will update this post once it is made.

— Malaysian Defence

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