New CDF In The New Year

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

Gen Affandi (left) and Gen Zulkifli signing the handing over documents at the Defence Ministry in June 2018.

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.

*HT to DM

— Malaysian Defence

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