New Army Chief Part II

SHAH ALAM: Former Armed Forces headquarters chief of staff, Jen Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor, 56, is to assume the post of Army Chief replacing Jen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, 55, tomorrow. (June 14, 2013).

Following the promotion, Raja Mohamed Affandi, who was a Lt Gen, is now a full General. According to his official biography, Raja Mohamed Affandi was commissioned into the Royal Malay Regiment on May 11, 1977.

Raja Mohamed Affandi
Raja Mohamed Affandi

Back in 2010, both generals were among the four candidates for the post of the deputy Army chief but Zulkifli then the vice-chancellor of Universiti Pertahanan Negara Malaysia (UPNM) was chosen ahead of Raja Affandi, who was already the COS at MAF HQ.

Zulkifli, was then promoted to COA on June 15, 2011 (two years go) now return to UPNM for a second stint as the VC.

Why the sudden change? I dont know. If I could get a million bucks for all the reasons about the change, I will be in the Forbes list of richest Malaysians already! And will this set a precedent for a two year limit for the chief? Perhaps, as they will need a new Armed Forces chief within the next two years.

–Malaysian Defence

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