Retired Asean military chiefs launch mentorship exchange for younger officers

Pinnacle Club members (from left) former Indonesian vice-president Try Sutrisno, Malaysian General (Ret) Hashim Mohd Ali, Lieutenant-General (Ret) Winston Choo and Bruneian General (Ret) Pehin Mohammad Hj Daud at the Four Seasons Hotel on Feb 11, 201
Pinnacle Club members (from left) former Indonesian vice-president Try Sutrisno, Malaysian General (Ret) Hashim Mohd Ali, Lieutenant-General (Ret) Winston Choo and Bruneian General (Ret) Pehin Mohammad Hj Daud at the Four Seasons Hotel on Feb 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: PINNACLE CLUB

SINGAPORE - The Pinnacle Club, made up of retired military chiefs from South-east Asia, said on Thursday that it will set up an informal platform for regional military and security officers to exchange ideas.

Dubbed The Pinnacle Club Mentorship Exchange, younger military and security officers will be invited to participate in some of the club's events where they can pick the brains of the ex-chiefs.

The mentorship exchange was announced as club members ended a three-day Brunei visit, hosted by Bruneian General (Ret), Pehin Dato Haji Mohammad Haji Daud, one of the six founding members of the club.

He said the communication between forces of regional countries helps to maintain peace, stability, and friendship.

"It is... increasingly important that the older generation of officers pass down their wisdom, knowledge and soft skills to the younger and current officers to ensure that the younger generation carries the torch of friendship and camaraderie for years to come," he added.

More details about the mentorship exchange will be announced at a later date.

Founded in February this year, the club currently has about 40 retired officials from the region's defence and security services.

They meet through the club's gatherings and social events. Its next event is slated for February next year, with the Philippines hosting the event in conjunction with its aviation month.

The club's other founding members are Lieutenant-General (Ret) Winston Choo, who served as Singapore's first Chief of Defence Force; former Thai prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh; former Philippine president Fidel Ramos; former Indonesian vice-president Try Sutrisno; and Malaysian General (Ret) Hashim Mohd Ali.