Perry Lim takes command of SAF

Major-General Perry Lim taking his oath as Singapore's new Chief of Defence Force during the Change of Command Parade at the Safti Military Institute yesterday. He takes over from Lieutenant- General Ng Chee Meng, who is entering politics.
Major-General Perry Lim taking his oath as Singapore's new Chief of Defence Force during the Change of Command Parade at the Safti Military Institute yesterday. He takes over from Lieutenant- General Ng Chee Meng, who is entering politics.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Singapore's ninth and latest Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Perry Lim has not only proven to be an effective officer, but also "has the right heart" for the men and women of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), according to his predecessor.

Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng, 47, paid tribute to his successor yesterday as he handed over command of the SAF to Major-General Lim, who previously headed the army.

The parade at the Safti Military Institute was witnessed by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, the army, air force and navy chiefs and some 2,100 guests. Also present were the families of LG Ng and MG Lim.

On parade were 13 contingents of 1,100 soldiers, airmen and sailors.

MG Lim, 43, joined the SAF in December 1990. He was awarded the President's and SAF Overseas scholarships a year later.

He graduated from Cambridge University with first-class honours in mechanical engineering. He was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew postgraduate scholarship in 2008 and obtained a master's in public administration from business school Insead.

In his military career, he commanded the 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards, the army's 3rd Division and was chief of staff - general staff.

Dr Ng said in a Facebook post yesterday that MG Lim made the army more efficient and resilient, adding: "He must now do the same for the entire SAF, as CDF. Singapore continues to face threats. MG Perry Lim must lead the SAF to be able to protect Singapore's interests and Singaporeans' lives."

Jermyn Chow

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2015, with the headline 'Perry Lim takes command of SAF'. Print Edition | Subscribe