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Raja Mohamed Affandi
راج محمد اففند
19th Chief of Defence Forces (Malaysia)|Chief of Defence Forces

In office
16 December 2016 – 19 June 2018
  • Abdul Halim
  • Muhammad V
Prime Minister
  • Najib Razak
  • Mahathir Mohamad
Minister of Defence
  • Hishammuddin Hussein
  • Mohamad Sabu
Preceded by Zulkifeli Mohd Zin
Succeeded by Zulkifli Zainal Abidin
25th Chief of Army (Malaysia)|Chief of Army

In office
15 June 2013 – 16 December 2016
Preceded by Zulkifli Zainal Abidin
Succeeded by Zulkiple Kassim
Personal details
Born Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor
20 June 1957(1957-06-20) (age 65)
Besut, Terengganu
Nationality  Malaysia
Spouse(s) Norlida Abdul Mubin
Children 4
Alma mater
Occupation Senior military officer
Military service
Allegiance  Malaysia
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Service/branch  Malaysia Army
Years of service 1977–2018
Rank General
Unit Royal Malay Regiment
  • Army Basic Training Centre
  • 18th Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment
  • 3rd Division HQ
  • Army Planning & Development HQ
  • 2nd Division
  • Malaysian Armed Forces HQ
Battles/wars Second Malayan Emergency
Awards MY Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negara (Defender of the Realm)- PMN.svg Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm (PMN)
Service number 411967

Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor (Jawi: راج محمد اففند راج محمد نور; born 20 June 1957 in Besut) is a Malaysian senior military officer, former Chief of Army and Chief of Defence Force.[1][2]

Early life and education

Raja Mohamed Affandi was born into a descendant of royal families (hence prefix Yang Mulia ('His Highness') instead of Yang Berbahagia ('The Honorable')) on 20 June 1957, at Kampung Raja, Besut, Terengganu.[3]

He received his primary education at Sekolah Kg Raja, Besut, and secondary education at Sekolah Menengah Sultan Ismail. He later attends Pre-Officer Cadet Training Unit (Pre-OCTU) at Sebatang Karah Camp, Port Dickson before continues his training as Cadet Officer at Royal Military College, Sungai Besi. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant (Malay language: Leftenan Muda) on 11 May 1977 and assigned to the Royal Malay Regiment.[1]

He continues his study while he is still in the service. He obtains Master in Defence Studies from University of New South Wales and Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University.[1]

Military career

General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi was directly involved in Second Malayan Emergency during his early days as an army officer. He has led his unit as Platoon Commander and later as Company Commander fighting with communist insurgents. He then proceeded his military career as Aide-de-camp to Deputy Chief of Army, Lead Instructor at Army Basic Training Centre (Malay language: Pusat Latihan Asas Tentera Darat — PUSASDA), Commander of 18th Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment (18 RAMD), Staff Officer 1 at National Operations Council (now National Security Council), Administration Staff Officer 1 at Army Human Resources Branch, Chief-of-staff at 3rd Division Headquarter, Assistant Chief-of-staff at Army Planning and Development and Commander of 2nd Division.[1]

He was promoted to Lieutenant General on 2 June 2008 and entrusted to hold Army Field Commander (Malay language: Panglima Medan Tentera Darat) position. On 31 October 2009, he was assigned to Chief-of-staff of Malaysian Armed Forces (Malay language: Ketua Staf Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) post. He then promoted to rank General on 15 June 2013, and in the same time promoted to Chief of Army (Malay language: Panglima Tentera Darat — PTD) position.[1]

With his vast experience in the military and administration, he then promoted to the 19th Chief of Defence Forces on 16 December 2016, replacing General Zulkifeli Mohd Zain who has retired from the Armed Forces.[2]

Retirement from Armed Forces

Raja Mohamed Affandi retired from armed forces on 20 June 2018. His position as Chief of Defence Forces is succeeded by General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin.[4]


Honours of Malaysia

Among of the federal, states and military awards that been bestowed to General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi including PGAT PMN PSM PJN SSAP SPMT SPMP SPMS SPTS SPMK SPKK DPPN DCSM PSAT DGMK DSDK DSAP DMPN PAT JSM SMZ KAT KMN PNBB.[1]

Foreign Honours

  •  Singapore:
  •  Brunei:
    • BRU Order of Famous Valour.svg - The Most Exalted Order of Famous Valour 1st Cl - Darjah Paduka Keberanian Laila Terbilang Yang Amat Gemilang Darjah Pertama - (DPKT) which carries the title Dato Paduka Seri (15 July 2017).[7]

Personal life

General Tan Sri Dato' Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi is married to Puan Sri Datin Sri Norlida binti Hj Abdul Mubin and together were blessed with 3 daughters and one son.[1]


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