SHAH ALAM: New CDF in the new year. It appears that the Armed Forces will have a new chief – Chief of Defence Forces – in the new year. The confirmation of this taking place was made in two e-tender notices issued by RMN’s headquarters on Dec. 12.
The two request for bids are:
PERKHIDMATAN PAKEJ PENGINAPAN DAN SAJIAN KONTINJEN KAWALAN KEHORMATAN UTAMA (DETASMEN TLDM) SEMPENA PERBARISAN RASMI PENGHARGAAN DAN SERAH TERIMA TUGAS PANGLIMA ANGKATAN TENTERS MALAYSIA
PERKHIDMATAN PAKEJ PENGINAPAN DAN SAJIAN KONTINJEN KAWALAN KEHORMATAN UTAMA (FLY PAST) SEMPENA PERBARISAN RASMI PENGHARGAAN DAN SERAH TERIMA TUGAS PANGLIMA ANGKATAN TENTERA MALAYSIA
Basically the request for bids are for the lodging of RMN detachments for the appreciation parade and handing over duty ceremony for the Armed Forces Chief or Chief of Defence Force (CDF), the current English term used by the military. Based on the tender specifications, the parade and handing over ceremony will take place on January 2, 2020 at the Kem Perdana, Sungei Besi.
General Zulkifli Zainal Abidin. ATM
As you are aware the current CDF Gen. Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, 61 was appointed as the 20th CDF on June, 20, 2018. From the Malaysian Defence post in June, 2018.
Zulkifli took over from Gen Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Nor who is retiring. The change was made soon after the May 9 general elections which saw the previous BN administration replaced by the Pakatan Harapan government led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Raja Affandi replaced Zulkifli as the Army Chief in 2013 before his appointment as the CDF in 2016 replacing Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin. The change over also led to the appointment of Gen Zulkiple Kassim as the Army chief after Raja Affandi took over as the CDF
Note that the Defence Ministry and the Armed Forces have yet to comment specificaly on the appointment of the new CDF and therefore I am not going to say further anything on this. Perhaps I will do so on January 2 itself.
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Nice find Marhalim!
Well who will it be? From the navy?
New CDF coming from the Army again?
Just one year already changed? Hmmm……
He was already 60 when he was appointed
A new country is born. World politics is always changing, something we must always be prepared for, from our defence perspective. As for malaysia, we must strive to make everyone feels that they are a malaysian first and foremost, and willing to sacrifice to defend it. When our people start to feel that they are a proud overseas indian/chinese/indonesian/thai/filipino/etc first, then we are heading towards trouble. When Lt adnan give up his life fighting at bukit candu, it was because he believes that he is defending his home country, irrespective that we was not even a singaporean.
What does it mean to be Malaysian first? In a hodgepodge society, everyone has their own opinion what it means to them and it can conflict with each other’s opinion. The is a fallacy of plural society and we’re aren’t the only ones. USA and multicultural EU countries have the same identity crisis.
Take the previously newest country, South Sudan, now in a civil war soon after their independence war to break from Sudan. The South Sudanese got disenfranchised with central Sudan because they don’t see themselves as part of their country, hence their break and now some South Sudanese are fighting again because they don’t see themselves as part of their new country.
OTOH natural mono-culturals like Korea & Japan is where the people most identify with their culture and country, their bond with their country is natural and strong, however forced mono-culturalism like China, Indonesia, & Singapore often can lead to simmering race issues. There is no right answer to please everyone and make everyone feel belong. People should be given the means to choose and go to where they feel belong, either is staying forever in their ethnic villages & kampungs or move overseas.