SIBU: Brig-Gen Johnny Lim Eng Seng is now the new commander of 31st Infantry Brigade, taking over from Maj-Gen Datuk Fadzil Tajudin.
The official handover of duties took place at Junaco Park Camp here yesterday, witnessed by the First Infantry Division commander Maj-Gen Datuk Toh Choong Siang.
It is learned that Fadzil, who became the 31st Infantry Brigade commander on Jan 4 last year, is retiring.
Lim was commissioned into the Royal Rangers Regiment following his graduation from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England in December 1986.
He attended the New Zealand Grade Two Staff and Tactics Course from August to November in 1998.
He is also a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College in Queenscliff in 2000, where he won the ‘Strategic Prize’ as the ‘Overall Best Student’ in the ‘Strategic Studies Module’.
Lim holds a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra (Australia) and a Master’s Degree in Social Science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
He is also a graduate of the Korean National Defence University (KNDU) and Korean Defence Language Institute — he is fluent in Korean, a language skill that he acquired during his two years in that country. He is also an honorary citizen of Nonsan City there.
Lim had served in the First, Second, and Fourth Ranger Battalions in various capacities before his promotion to lieutenant colonel in January 2003 and taking command of the First Battalion.
Lim also has served at the Army Combat Training Centre (Pulada), being the instructor of the Company Commanders Tactics Wing from 1996 to 1998, as well as the officer-in-charge of the Senior Tactics Wing from 2001 to 2002.
He was made Pulada chief instructor in 2005 – a post he held until 2009.
Lim was the Staff Officer Operations in HQ 3 Brigade (Kuching) from 1991 to 1995, and the chief-of-staff at HQ 2 Brigade from 2012 to 2013, prior to his promotion to colonel in 2013.
He served in Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (Midas) from 2013 to 2015, before his selection to the KNDU for the 2016/2017 term.
Upon his return from KNDU, he was promoted to brigadier-general on Dec 8 last year.
This would be Lim’s third tour of duty in Sibu – he had served here under Second Ranger Battalion and Rajang Area Security Command (Rascom) from 1998 to 1991, and under the Fourth Ranger Battalion at Oya Camp from 1995 to 1996.