Zulkifeli Mohd Zin

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This is a Malay name; the name Mohd. Zin is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Zulkifeli.
Yang Berbahagia General Tan Sri Dato' Sri (Dr.)
Zulkifeli Mohd. Zin
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Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces
In office
15 June 2011 – 16 December 2016
Monarch King Abdul Halim
Preceded by General Azizan Ariffin
Succeeded by General Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor
Malaysian Army Commander
In office
21 May 2010 – 14 June 2011
Preceded by General Muhammad Ismail Jamaluddin
Succeeded by General Zulkifli Zainal Abidin
Personal details
Born (1954-06-14) 14 June 1954 (age 62)
Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Federation of Malaya
Nationality Malaysia
Spouse(s) Umi Kalsom Wan Awang
Alma mater Sultan Ismail College & Sandhurst Military Academy
Occupation Soldier
Religion Islam
Awards Grand Commander of the Armed Forces
Military service
Service/branch Headquarters
Years of service 1974 - now
Rank General
Commands All unit
Mission IMT Mission - Mindanao

General Tan Sri Dato' Sri (Dr.) Zulkifeli bin Mohd. Zin (born 14 June, 1954, in Pasir Mas) is the 18th and the former Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces.[1]

Education background[edit]

He was a brilliant student from prestigious college in Kelantan, Sultan Ismail College (SIC). In 1974, upon completion of his cadet training in Sandhurst, he was first commissioned as a Second Lieutenant to the 2nd Royal Malay Regiment as a Platoon Commander on 09 August 1974.

He holds a Master of Science degree from the National Defense University.

He is also a graduate from the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College (MTAT) and the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College (MPAT). Both colleges have since been consolidated as one under the National Defense Studies Centre(Puspahanas).


Throughout his military career, he has held various positions ranging from Platoon Commander to Commanding Officer.

He also held staff positions in the Army Headquarters and Training Institute. This included stints as Staff Officer of the Army Headquarters as well as the Trick Trainer at the Army Training Centre of Johor Bahru. Between 1999 and 2000, he was the Infantry Director of the Army Headquarters.

During his rank of Colonel, he was the Commandant of Army Combat Training Centre and Resource Colonel in the Army Headquarters.

He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2002 had been hold the office of Assistant Commander of Reserve Services Division. He also commanded 8th Infantry Brigade from 2003 to 2004 in Kelantan. He was then promoted as the rank of Major General and was entrusted by the military high command to lead the International Monitoring Team Mission – Mindanao as the Commander of the Monitoring Team between 9 October 2004 and 31 August 2005.

Then, he was the 3rd Infantry Division Commander from 17 October 2005 to 31 January 2007. He was the Commander of Army Field Headquarters from 2 January 2007 to 1 June 2008.

As a dedicated leader, he was appointed Deputy Army Commander on 2 June 2008 - serving until 20 May 2010 upon which he was appointed Army Commander.

Due to high confidence in him, he was appointed as the 18th Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces effective 15 June 2011.[2]

He retired on 16 December 2016.[3][4]


For his service in Mindanao, he was awarded the Legion of Honour by the government of Philippines.

He is also the recipient of PGAT, PSM, PJN, DHMS, SSAP, SIMP, SPTS, SPMP, SSTM, SPKK, DPPN, PSAT, DGMK, DSDK, DPKK, DMSM, PMW, PAT, JMN, SDK, KMN, AMK, ASK, AMIM, MSc (NDU), mpat, lmt and psc, awarded predominantly by the government of Malaysia.

Personal life[edit]

He married Puan Sri Datin Sri Umi Kalsom Wan Awang and together has been blessed with 2 daughters.


  1. ^ "Panglima Angkatan Tentera Malaysia" (in Malay). Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Nizam, Yatim (14 June 2011). "Jeneral Tan Sri Dato' Sri Zulkifeli Mohd. Zin dilantik secara rasmi sebagai Panglima Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM)". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Sidek, Mohd Hasbi (21 June 2016). "Panglima ATM baru 16 Disember ini". Harian Metro (in Malay). Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Panglima ATM baru 16 Disember ini". Berita Harian Metro (in Malay). 21 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

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