Return of Malaysian Armed Forces Chief?

PETALING JAYA: I sincerely hope Jen Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal (pic) first act on assuming the Armed Forces chief post is to rescind the previous suggestion by his predecessor to use the term “Chief of Defence Forces” of his position.

CDF remained in the purview of the official media but Abdul Aziz did not rescind the suggestion, it could become permanent.

I am not saying that Abdul Aziz predecessor (after that Pakistan trip who would?) should not have been chosen as the Armed Forces chief.

Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Anwar was the right person at the right time, to be chosen as the Armed Forces chief. But the decision to accept the use of CDF during his three year tenure was a clear act of not honouring tradition.

As I previously posted before MINDEF coined the term as it was felt that Armed Forces chief does not reflect the tri-services. Yes, my jaws dropped when it was described as such although they still used Armed Forces to describe the tri-services.

Since Anwar was a navy man, it was still understandable, with Aziz at the helm , we hope this would stop on Friday.

Anyhow, please read the Bernama story for further details and as at the moment the CDF remains.

courtesy of Bernama.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said Wednesday he would consider a proposal for the three military chiefs of the armed forces to be allowed to hold their posts for three years to give them time to further consolidate the services.Najib, who is the Defence Minister, said the armed forces did not have any specific time frame for the chiefs of its three wings — army, navy and air force — to remain in their posts.The period of service for the posts depended on the current situation and requirement of the armed forces, he said.”The three-year period is seen as an ideal length of time,” he told a news conference after launching a book entitled “On Command and Leadership” written by outgoing Chief of Defence Forces Tan Sri Anwar Mohd Nor, at the Defence Ministry here.Earlier Anwar had handed over duties to his successor, Chief of Army Gen Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal.In suggesting the two plus one (years) appointment yesterday, Mohd Anwar said the chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force had to analyse the needs in the first year and implement their plans in the second.”In the third year, they would be able to consolidate their plans to enhance the image of the armed forces and development of human capital,” he had told reporters.Najib, when asked about the four new generation coastal patrol vessels being built by PSC Industries Berhad, a subsidiary of Boustead Holdings Bhd, said the government had made a payment of RM500 million for the construction of the boats.”We are committed in wanting to complete the building of the boats,” he said, adding that the four vessels were expected to be delivered in June.– BERNAMA

–Malaysian Defence

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