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Singapore confers top military award on Malaysian armed forces chief

General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin received the award for his “significant contributions” in strengthening the relationship between the two countries’ armed forces.

SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Wednesday (Aug 13) conferred Singapore’s highest military honour on the Chief of Malaysia's Armed Forces, General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

Gen Zulkifeli received the award, the Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera) - the Distinguished Service Order (Military) - for his “significant contributions” in strengthening the relationship between the two countries’ armed forces, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said.

“Under his leadership, interactions between both armed forces have expanded in both scope and depth. The two armed forces interact regularly through bilateral activities such as Exercise Semangat Bersatu and Exercise Malapura, which celebrated their 20th and 30th anniversary, respectively, this year,” MINDEF said.

Guests at the investiture included Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of State for Defence Dr Maliki Osman, Permanent Secretary for Defence Chan Yeng Kit, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General (LG) Ng Chee Meng, as well as senior government officials and military officers from Malaysia and Singapore.

Gen Zulkifeli called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Tuesday, and Dr Ng and LG Ng at the Ministry of Defence before the investiture. During the calls, both sides reaffirmed bilateral defence ties and expressed commitment to increase interactions at all levels, MINDEF said.

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