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Admiral Anwar, Deputy President WVF

Senator Admiral (Ret) Tansri Mohd ANWAR


Senator Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Anwar bin Hj Mohd Nor (Retd) was born in Malacca in 1950.  After receiving his early education at the Naval Base Secondary School, Singapore, he attended the Officer Cadet School at the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, England, from 1 September 1968.   
He served the Royal Malaysian Navy for 38½ years, commanded 6 Ships and also several Shore Bases. He rose to the rank of Admiral and took office as Chief of Navy on August 2003 and later became the first Naval Officer to assume the post of the Chief of Defence Force in April 2005.


Throughout his service with the Royal Malaysian Navy, Admiral Anwar has attended various sub-specialization courses including Navigation and Direction and Principal Warfare Officer in HMS DRYAD, England.  He graduated from the Naval Staff College Rhode Island, USA class 18 in 1981 and Joint Services Staff College in Canberra, Australia in 1988.  He also attended the Defence Resource Management Course in Monterrey, Naval Post Graduate School, USA in 1995.  He holds a master degree in Engineering Business Management from University of Warwick, United Kingdom. As a recognition of his Leadership and Management contributions he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Doctor of Management by the Universiti Terengganu Malaysia.

During his active service, Admiral Anwar was conferred several awards by foreign countries and among them are DPKT (Brunei), OLH (France), OMRI (Italy), YDU (Indonesia), WEFCKGC (Thailand), PLH (Philippines), NI (M) (Pakistan) and LOM (USA).     

In 2013, Admiral Anwar was elected as the President of the Veterans Association of Malaysian Armed Forces (VAMAF) and continues to be President until now. He was the President of the Veterans Confederation of ASEAN Countries (VECONAC) for year 2013-2014. Due to his knowledge and pleasant character, Admiral Anwar is well known and liked by all ASEAN civil and military communities.

In recognition of his outstanding and valuable contributions and service to the country as well as the Malaysian Armed Forces, the government appointed him as Senator in the Malaysian Government Upper House on 23 April 2015.

Admiral Anwar is an avid sportsman representing the Navy, the Armed Forces and Malaysia in hockey.  His notable achievement was when he represented Malaysia during the Asian Games, Tehran in 1974.  He continued contributing to hockey in various positions including as President of Malaysian Hockey Federation.  He is also an avid golfer and has represented Malaysian Armed Forces in the ASEAN Armed Forces Golf Tournament and continues to lead the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) as President since May 2011.

Following his retirement from the Armed Forces in 2007, he was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (Armed Forces Fund Board), Chairman of National Defence University Board (UPNM), Chairman of Asian Broadcasting Network, Chairman of Titijaya Land Berhad, a public listed company and as a director of a few private limited companies. His interests includes reading leadership and management books and golf.

Admiral Anwar is married to Siti Hapsah and blessed with four children; a son and three daughters.

He was elected Deputy President of the World Veterans Federation at the 28th WVF General Assembly in Sopot (Poland) in 2015.