Ma­jor Gen­eral bids farewell after more than 44 years in the army

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MIRI: After a long and mem­o­rable 44 years, seven months and 10 days in the army, it is time for Ma­jor Gen­eral Datuk Pahlawan Ab­dul Rahim Ab­dul Mu­talib to hang up his boots.

Ab­dul Rahim was com­mis­sioned in the Royal Malay Reg­i­ment (RAMD) and his first post­ing was to 20th RAMD which was then in Ke­lan­tan — the very rea­son why he chose to have his farewell pa­rade at the 20th RAMD camp here yes­ter­day.

Ab­dul Rahim was given a rous­ing farewell pa­rade at the 20th RAMD Sri Miri Camp yes­ter­day, in a cer­e­mony at­tended by com­man­der of the Eastern Field Com­mand Lt Gen Datuk Wira Mohd Zaki Mokhtar and wife, First Malaysian In­fantry Divi­sion Com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Datuk Stephen Mun­daw and wife, In­fantry Di­rec­tor Bri­gadier Gen­eral Datuk Dzulka­r­nain Ah­mad and wife, Task Force 450 Com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Datuk Zulka­pri Ra­hamat and wife, Ninth In­fantry Brigade Com­man­der Bri­gadier Gen­eral Datuk Dzulka­fli Mustaffa and wife, and other se­nior of­fi­cers.

Born on Oct 24, 1958 in Batu Ga­jah, Perak, Ab­dul Rahim re­tires as as­sis­tant com­man­der of the Armed Forces Re­serve Divi­sion in Kuala Lumpur and prior to this ap­point­ment, he was the com­man­der of the 8th In­fantry Brigade from Sept 7, 2009 to Jan 22, 2011.

“I formed my army ca­reer at 20th RAMD and I am grate­ful for all the ex­pe­ri­ences I have ob­tained through­out my ca­reer and thank you very much to all those in­volved in the pa­rade to­day (yes­ter­day),” said Ab­dul Rahim, who was also once ap­pointed as the Malaysian mil­i­tary li­ai­son of­fi­cer based at For­ward Op­er­a­tion Base Ban To Mo, Weng District, Narathi­wat, Thai­land for four months, some years back.

When asked about the chal­lenges he faced through­out his ca­reer, Ab­dul Rahim said his early army days saw him in­volved in counter in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions against com­mu­nist ter­ror­ists at Raub, Pa­hang on Sept 27,1980 in which his team was able to kill an en­emy.

“An­other chal­lenge that I can­not for­get is dur­ing our United Na­tions peace­keep­ing mis­sion in Namibia from 1989 to 1990 where we also helped to lib­er­ate Namibia so that they could vote and choose the gov­ern­ment be­cause then, the gov­ern­ing gov­ern­ment was from South Africa with their apartheid pol­icy,” he added.

Mean­while, Mohd Zaki said that it was an hon­our to have Ab­dul Rahim in the army be­cause of his charisma, cred­i­bil­ity and vast ex­pe­ri­ences in hold­ing var­i­ous im­por­tant po­si­tions through­out his ca­reer.

Com­ment­ing on se­cu­rity, Mohd Zaki said the level of safety in Sabah and Sarawak was un­der con­trol and would con­tinue to be mon­i­tored in or­der to avoid any is­sue of ag­gres­sion or un­healthy ac­tiv­ity at the bor­der.

“We are con­stantly work­ing to im­prove and stream­line the se­cu­rity of the land bor­der and also the safety of the east coast of Sabah and so far with the good de­vel­op­ment in the south of the Philip­pines, we are con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing and al­ways ready to pre­vent any in­trud­ers try­ing to in­fil­trate our coun­try,” he ex­plained.

The pa­rade yes­ter­day was par­tic­i­pated by 15 of­fi­cers and 280 mem­bers of dif­fer­ent ranks led by 20th RAMD com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Lt Col Azmi Ali, pa­rade as­sis­tant Ma­jor Mohd Zahirin Zainol Abidin, Capt Mohd Shahrizal Abd Aziz and War­rant Of­fi­cer I Ba­harudin Is­mail, ac­com­pa­nied by First Divi­sion Com­bi­na­tion Band un­der the lead­er­ship of drum ma­jor War­rant Of­fi­cer II Azlee Ab­dul­lah.

Works on build­ing the re­tain­ing wall are on-go­ing to make sure that the con­di­tion is con­tained.

Ab­dul Rahim and wife Datin No­raini Awang Teh dur­ing the sym­bolic ‘send-off’ on board the mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle.

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