PETALING JAYA: There is a small buzz on who will take the reign of the Armed Forces chief next month. The current chief, Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin is expected to retire by August and will be on his mandatory two months leave prior retirement next month.
By recent tradition, Army chief Jeneral Datok Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin is the obvious choice to be the country’s top soldier. Its a recent tradition as previously the Army being the most senior service and largest in terms of manpower had a strangle hold on the position.
That change of course when Jeneral Tan Sri Anwar Mohd Noor, made history in April 2005 when he became the first naval chief in the ATM to ascend to its highest military office. When Anwar became the Armed Forces Chief, his official title was suddenly known as the Chief of the Defence Force or Panglima Angkatan Pertahanan Malaysia instead of the more familiar Panglima Angkatan Tentera Malaysia. Note that the CDF is still known officially as the PAT in Malay.
Yes, I know, a gun powder called by another name will still smell as a gun powder but when Jen Aziz Zainal Abidin, an Army man replaced Anwar, his official English title reverted back to Armed Forces Chief instead of the CDF.
When Jen Azizan took over, he assumed the CDF title again following his non-Army pre-predecessor, Anwar. So what will be this time around, AFC or CDF?
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