SHAH ALAM: The Army – Tentera Darat – will have a new chief next month. Army chief General TS Zamrose Mohd Zain today announced that he will be handing over the post to his successor this March 21. He was speaking at his farewell parade at Kem Iskandar in Mersing, Johor. Do note the Army used “appreciation parade” to describe the ceremony but it’s a farewell gig by another name.
Zamrose did not name his successor though. “Thus March 21, 2023, will be the last day of my career in the Army and the Armed Forces. On that day I will hand over the leadership of the Army to my successor and I will then retire,” he added.
Zamrose, 61, was appointed as the 28th Army chief on June 11, 2020. He was supposed to retire last year but his term was extended for one year. Zamrose was the Eastern Field Command chief when he was appointed as the Army chief in 2020. He was the second the Army chief in recent times who was appointed to the top post, leaping over the deputy chief. The other was General Zulkiple Kassim who served as the 26th Army chief. Zulkiple was appointed over the-then deputy chief, Lt Gen Hasbullah Nawawi. Hasbullah was appointed the chief on September 3 2018 when Zulkiple retired.
Malaysian Defence understands that the current Army deputy chief Lt.General DS Mohammad Ab Rahman will be appointed as the 29th Army chief. He was appointed as the deputy Army chief on December 19 2020. He succeeded Lt Jen Datuk Hasagaya Abdullah, who was made the National Defence University Malaysia vice-chancellor.
— Malaysian Defence