New Army Chief Next Month

An Army soldier firing a RPG-7 at the LKT 2018. Note the back blast.

SHAH ALAM: New Army Chief Next Month. Army chief General Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi is retiring with the new chief taking over on June 11. After the handover, Hasbullah is going on leave prior to his official retirement this November, says Prime Minister TS Muhyiddin Yassin on his official social media channels today. According to the post, Hasbullah made his farewell visit to the PM at his office in Putrajaya today.

The post stated that Hasbullah was appointed as the 27th Army chief on September 2018. Kuala Kangsar-born Hasbullah was commissioned into the Royal Malay Regiment on 11 December, 1981, is scheduled to hand over the Army chief’s post on 11 June. He will then go on leave prior to his retirement this November 2.

Muhyiddin and Hasbullah at the former’s office in Putrajaya today. Muhyiddin Yassin FB.

Hari ini saya menerima kunjungan hormat persaraan Panglima Tentera Darat (PTD), Jeneral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi di pejabat saya di Putrajaya.

Jeneral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Ahmad Hasbullah merupakan PTD Ke-27 setelah dilantik ke jawatan itu pada Sept 2018.

Beliau yang dilahirkan di Kuala Kangsar, Perak, dan ditauliahkan ke dalam Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja pada 11 Disember 1981 dijadual menyerahkan tugas kepada PTD yang baharu pada 11 Jun ini sebelum bersara wajib pada 2 Nov 2020.

Bagi pihak kerajaan, saya merakamkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan dan terima kasih kepada Jeneral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Ahmad Hasbullah atas sumbangan yang diberikan sepanjang mengetuai pasukan Tentera Darat, satu daripada cabang perkhidmatan Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM).

I have been informed of Hasbullah’s successor has been chosen though as the appointment has yet to be announced, the appointment will be made by the King, I will not say anything here until June 11 or earlier if the Defence Ministry made the official announcement.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. Somehow of late, every turn in change of government entails a change in army chiefs. Coincidental?

    Not really apart from the former PAT, this is what happened when you promote someone barely two years before their retirement. The incoming one will also have around two years of service. Just musical chairs really…this is one of the reasons the services procurement are jumble up. Despite sticking mostly to long term procurement plans, a new broom always sweeps too much as well

  2. Ahh, I see. Well, Armed Forces chiefs are mostly advisors to the PM & Cabinet. Their roles in that sense would be redundant in peacetimes and besides, its more of scaling up the ladder by seniority rather than accomplishments what with Malaysia not at any armed conflict with anyone.

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