Chief of Air Force (Malaysia)

The Chief of Air Force (Malay: Panglima Tentera Udara, Jawi: ڤڠليما تنترا اودارا‎) is the most senior appointment in the Royal Malaysian Air Force and has been held by a four-star officer in the rank of General (equivalent to Air Chief Marshal) since 1996. The Chief of Air Force is a member of the Malaysian Armed Forces Council and directly reports to the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF).

Chief of Air Force
Panglima Tentera Udara
ڤڠليما تنترا اودارا
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General Datuk Seri Ackbal Abdul Samad

since 3 January 2020
 Royal Malaysian Air Force
StyleYang Berbahagia (The Honorable)
Member ofMalaysian Armed Forces Council
Reports toChief of Defence Forces
Term lengthNot fixed
PrecursorChief of Air Staff
Formation30 November 1957
First holderAir Commodore Alexander Johnstone

The current Chief of Air Force is General Datuk Seri Ackbal Abdul Samad – who succeeded General Tan Sri Dato' Sri Affendi Buang on 3 January 2020.[1] General Tan Sri Affendi Buang promoted into CDF on 2 January 2020 thus making him the second Chief of Air Force ever to hold the highest post in the Malaysian Armed Forces.[2]


Up to the year 2020, 19 people had appointed to the number 1 rank in the Royal Malaysian Air Force since 1957.[3]

Rank and honorific Name Service Image Term began Term ended
Deputy Chief of Staff (Air), Royal Malayan Air Force
Air Commodore Alexander Vallance Ridell Johnstone   Royal Air Force   30 November 1957 4 September 1958
Chief of Air Staff
Air Commodore Nicol Challis Hyde   Royal Air Force   5 September 1958 31 December 1959
Group Captain John Nichol Stacey   Royal Air Force   1 January 1960 19 May 1963
Group Captain C. S. J. West   Royal Air Force   20 May 1963 13 May 1965
Air Commodore Alasdair Mackay Sinclair Steedman   Royal Air Force   14 May 1965 31 Oct 1968
Air Vice Marshall Datuk Sulaiman Sujak   Royal Malaysian Air Force   1 November 1968 31 December 1976
Lieutenant General Dato' Mohamed Taib   Royal Malaysian Air Force   1 January 1977 24 August 1983
Chief of Air Force
Lieutenant General Tan Sri Dato' Mohamad Ngah Said   Royal Malaysian Air Force 24 August 1983 18 March 1991
Lieutenant General Dato' Seri Mohd Yunus Mohd Tasi   Royal Malaysian Air Force 19 March 1991 19 August 1993
Lieutenant General Dato' Seri Abdul Ghani Abdul Aziz   Royal Malaysian Air Force 20 August 1993 10 August 1996
General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad Saruji Che Rose   Royal Malaysian Air Force 10 August 1996 12 June 2001
General Dato' Sri Suleiman Mahmud   Royal Malaysian Air Force 12 June 2001 4 March 2003
General Dato' Sri Abdullah Ahmad   Royal Malaysian Air Force 4 March 2003 4 April 2004
General Tan Sri Dato' Sri Nik Ismail Nik Mahmud   Royal Malaysian Air Force 4 April 2004 30 October 2006
General Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azizan Ariffin   Royal Malaysian Air Force 30 October 2006 31 August 2009
General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Rodzali Daud   Royal Malaysian Air Force 1 September 2009 11 September 2014
General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Roslan Saad   Royal Malaysian Air Force 12 September 2014 20 December 2016
General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Affendi Buang   Royal Malaysian Air Force 21 December 2016 2 January 2020
General Datuk Seri Ackbal Abdul Samad   Royal Malaysian Air Force 3 January 2020 Incumbent

Living former Chiefs of Air ForceEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ackbal Panglima TUDM yang baharu". Berita Harian (in Malay). 2020-01-03. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  2. ^ Mohd Iskandar Ibrahim (2020-01-02). "Affendi dilantik Panglima Angkatan Tentera baharu". Berita Harian (in Malay). Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  3. ^ Toharudin Ab Rasid; Major General; RMAF (2018-05-07). "AF 118: Panglima Tentera Udara". Putera Lapis Mahang (in Malay). Retrieved 2020-01-03.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)