Top military award for Indonesia's former defence chief

President Tony Tan Keng Yam congratulating General (Ret) Moeldoko after conferring the Distinguished Service Order (Military) on him at the Istana.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam congratulating General (Ret) Moeldoko after conferring the Distinguished Service Order (Military) on him at the Istana.PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - The former Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian National Defence Forces (TNI), General (Gen) (Ret) Moeldoko, was conferred Singapore's highest military award by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Tuesday.

Gen (Ret) Moeldoko was presented the Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera), known as the Distinguished Service Order (Military), at the Istana. The award recognises his role in forging good ties between the two countries' defence forces when he held his post from September 2013 to July 2015.

His three-day visit to Singapore, which ends on Tuesday, "underscores the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Indonesia", the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.

Under his leadership, the TNI and Singapore Armed Forces participated in various multilateral meetings and operations, such as the Malacca Strait Patrols, the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus CounterTerrorism Exercise and the ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise. They also conducted regular bilateral exercises and professional exchanges.

During his visit, Gen (Ret) Moeldoko also called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Monday, as well as Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Chief of Defence Force Major-General (MG) Perry Lim on Tuesday at Mindef.