The Chief of Staff of HQ 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade, Lt-Col Johnny Lim, 47, was recently promoted to Colonel and will assume his new post as Director of Policy Research at the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security located in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.
Johnny Lim paid a courtesy call to Ipoh Echo office and was entertained to lunch by its editor, Fathol Zaman Bukhari at the Royal Ipoh Club. He took the opportunity to thank Ipoh Echo staff, especially James Gough, for their cooperation and support in highlighting the Ipoh-based infantry brigade activities. He presented a plaque to Fathol as a fitting farewell gift.
The officer, who served just under a year as Chief of Staff, remembers vividly several activities such as overseeing the security and deployment of troops along the Perak border, the deployment of troops to Lahad Datu during Ops Daulat and the close cooperation with the police during the run-up to the 13th GE as highlights of his short tenure in Ipoh. Apart from that, the Military Community Volunteering Open Day in April as well as contributing to the local community, particularly the orphanages, remains close to his heart.
Asked what he would miss most? The Johore-born and Sandhurst-trained colonel candidly admitted that the local food, wonderful bistros and many good friends he had made would top the list. “I’d gladly return on weekends given half the chance,” he quipped.