GENERAL TAN SRI DATO’ SRI ZULKIPLE BIN HJ KASSIM
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General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim was born on 24th February 1959 and hails from Gong Kapas, Terengganu. He joined the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England as an Officer Cadet in 1977 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the 6th Battalion Royal Malay Regiment (RMR) on 7th April 1978. General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim holds a degree in Master of Science (Management) from University Utara Malaysia.
At the beginning of his career, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim was involved in various operations against the communist insurgency mostly in the northern border of Peninsular or in the state of Pahang. For the past 39 years of service, he has held various important appointments among which include Instructor at the Young Officer Tactics School in 1982, Second in Command of the 9th Battalion Royal Malay Regiment (Para) in 1994, Commanding Officer of 17th Battalion RMR (Para) in 1994, Military Advisor to the Defence Minister in 1998, Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion RMR at Johor in 2000, Infantry Director at Army Headquarters in 2001, Commander of the 4th Malaysian Infantry Brigade (Mech) in 2003, Director General of the Armed Forces Veterans Affairs Department in 2005, Commander of the 4th Malaysian Infantry Division in 2007 and Army Field Commander West in 2011. On 16th December 2016, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim was promoted to General and appointed as the 26th Malaysian Chief of Army.
To furnish himself with proper military knowledge and skills, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim has attended various courses locally and overseas such as Army Command and Staff College in 1992 and Defence and Strategic Studies Course in 1999, both of which in Australia.
In recognition of his service to the country, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim has been conferred various medals and awards, among those prominent includes the Panglima Gagah Angkatan Tentera (PGAT), Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS), Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (SSAP), Darjah Seri Panglima Taming Sari (SPTS), Darjah Cemerlang Seri Melaka (DCSM), Panglima Setia Angkatan Tentera (PSAT), Darjah Gemilang Seri Mahkota Kedah (DGMK), Darjah Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (DSAP), Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP), Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Kedah (DPMK), Dato’ Paduka Kesatria Mahkota Kelantan (DPKK), Dato’ Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (DSMZ) dan Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW).
General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkiple bin Hj Kassim is married to Puan Sri Datin Sri Zaleha binti Md Yusof, and they are blessed with three sons and two daughters. He enjoys playing most sports especially golf and soccer.