Once a year, RAFOC recognize and honour one of our retired Armed Forces officers who has contributed to the activities and the well-being of the Armed Forces veterans’ community, as “TOKOH RAFOC”. This year our RAFOC Executive Committee recognize and honour YB. Senator Laksamana Tan Sri Dato’ Setia Mohd Anuar bin Mohd Noor, (Bersara) as our “TOKOH RAFOC 2015”. The presentation of the award was made during the “Retired Armed Forces Officers’ Annual Dinner” held on Sunday, 13 December 2015 in Dewan Taming Sari, Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, by DYMM Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail ibni AlMarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, Raja Perlis.
YB. Senator Tan Sri Dato’ Setia Mohd Anwar bin Mohd Noor, (Bersara) was born in Alor Gajah, Melaka on 12 March 1950. He had his primary education at the HMS Naval Base Secondary School, Singapore until 1968. He was then selected to attend the officer cadet training in the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth, United Kingdom in September 1969. He was commissioned as a Sub-Lieut in September 1971 and started his military career as a Navigation Officer on board KD Jerai in December 1971.
His career in the Malaysian Armed Forces spans over 40 years. He has held various staff and command appointments in the Royal Malaysian Navy, in sea and ashore, culminating in his appointment as Chief of Navy on 13 August 2003. He also held the post of Assistant Chief of Staff (Personnel Services), Armed Forces HQ from 5 February 2000 until his appointment as Deputy Chief of Navy on 13 August 2002. On 27 April 2005, he was appointed Chief of Defence Force, the first non-Army officer to be appointed to such appointment, a post he held until 1 February 2007. On 12 March 2008, he retired from the Armed Forces on reaching the compulsory retirement age of 58.
On retirement, he was appointed Chairman, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera, (LTAT), the Armed Forces Consolidated Fund. In addition to LTAT, he is a board director in a number of companies, private and listed. He is also the Chairman on the UPNM Board.
His involvement in the social and organizational activites goes back to his service days. On leaving the Armed Forces, he was elected President of the Royal Selangor Golf Club (2010-2013); President of the RMNOA (2000-now). In 2012, at the request of many, he offered to lead the leading veterans’ association in the country and was elected unopposed as the new President, Persatuan Bekas Tentera Malaysia, (PBTM) for the 3-year term (2012-2015). In 2015, he was returned unopposed as its President for another 3-year term (2015-2018). Under his leadership, PBTM was rejuvenated as a new entity with new directions and culture. In 2014, the name of PBTM was change to “Persatuan Veteran ATM” (PVATM). He has since made his impact felt at the national and state levels.
In April 2015, he was appointed and sworn in as a Senator for a 3-year term (2015-2018), a post which was earlier held by the President/Deputy President of PBTM until 2000. His presence in the Dewan Senate will undoubtedly provide the opportunity for the interests of the Armed Forces veterans to be heard by the august house, for that matter, by the nation.
At the international level, he was elected Deputy President of the World Veterans Federation (WVF) at its 50th World Congress held in Poland in September 2015. WVF is a federation of over 130 veterans’ associations in over 30 countries, with its Headquarters in Paris, France.
He has received numerous commendations, awards and accolades in recognition of his leadership and service, and was bestowed the Panglima Mangku Negara (PMN), which carries the title of Tan Sri, by SPB Yang Di-Pertuan Agong. He has also received distinguished medals from foreign governments such as the Ordre National De La Legion D’Honneur from France and the Command of the Legion of Merit from USA.
For his prominence and contributions towards the retired Armed Forces veterans’ community, at the national and international levels RAFOC honour and recognise YB. Senator Laksamana Tan Sri Dato’ Setia Mohd Anwar bin Mohd Nor, (Bersara) as “TOKOH RAFOC 2015”.
Tan Sri Mohd Anwar has truly associated himself with the affairs and the well-being of the Armed Forces veterans through the various veterans’ associations after leaving the Armed Forces in 2008. He had provided the leadership, initiative, dedication, service, and the necessary connections at the national and international levels which surpassed the call of duty.
He is married to Puan Sri Datin Sri Siti Hapsah bt Omar, and blessed with four children, (one son and three daughters).
Congratulations, Tan Sri! May you continue to look after the well being of our Armed Forces veterans’ community.