Zulkifli Zainal Abidin is New Chief of Defence Forces

Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, MM 1998 has been appointed the Chief of the Malaysian Defence Forces effective June 20, 2018.

Zulkifli, 59, officially assumed his duties from Raja Mohamed Affandi, who went on mandatory retirement, during a handover ceremony witnessed by Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.

Zulkifli had served as the Chief of the Army in 2011 before being appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the National Defence University of Malaysia in 2013.

Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu (center) witnesses the handover ceremony of Chief of Defence Forces, from General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor (left) to General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin (right) at the Ministry of Defense, on June 20, 2018.

Born in Port Weld, Perak, Zulkifli began his service with the armed forces on January 30, 1978, by joining the Royal Malay Regiment.

He served as a senior instructor at the New Zealand Army Infantry School for two years, where he was tasked with educating army officers from New Zealand and other Commonwealth countries on weaponry, tactical studies and counter-insurgency warfare. He also served as a lecturer in management at the Army Management Training Centre from 1992 to 1993.

Zulkifli holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Asian Institute of Management and has attended various management courses, including a senior management development programme, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Originally published: https://bit.ly/2An5dO0

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