PORT DICKSON, (Feb 8) — The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah advised the Malaysian Armed Forces cadet officers to gain wide knowledge on not only military but leadership skills as well.
He said this would help them to maintain their credibility as officers and strengthen the force in line with Malaysia’s progressive and modernisation status.
“General knowledge, the ability to handle the latest military equipment and leadership skills are very important. The army should always be at the highest level of preparedness to defend the nation’s sovereignty at any given moment,” he said.
He was speaking at the royal passing out parade of 61 short-term commissioned officers under the 76th and final such course conducted by the Army College, here Saturday.
Also present at the parade were the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, Armed Forces Chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, Army Chief General Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor and Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
“Make the sacrifices of our past heroes as your source of inspiration. Always be absolutely loyal to the country’s leadership and disciplined at all times to maintain the prestige and reputation of the armed forces,” he advised the cadet officers.
The parade was led by Senior Under Officer Nor Ikhmar Madarsa, accompanied by the Royal Armour Corps Band, 2nd Regiment Brass Band, Army College Brass Band and Army Basic Training Centre Band conducted by Major Ziful Azman Zainal Abidin.
Nor Ikhmar was announced as the Overall Best Student, while Senior Under Officer Mohamad Shafiq Ramzan received the Best Student in Military Skills title.
The Army College will be restructured into the Army Academy in order to create a centre of excellence for army officers.
A total of 507 officers who underwent the cadet officers training also took part in the parade, led by the Army Institute of Management Commander, Col Rafizi Sharif. — BERNAMA