Lieutenant-General (Rtd) Raja Dato’ Abdul Rashid bin Raja Badiozaman is the younger brother of the late Raja Tun Mohar, and the great-grandson of Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah II.
Raja Abdul Rashid received his early secondary education at Clifford School, Kuala Kangsar, before being admitted to the Royal Military College at Sungei Besi. He later graduated from Lancaster University, United Kingdom, with a Masters Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies.
In 1962, he was commissioned as 2ndLieutenant in the Malayan Army. He served in the Armed Forces for more than 34 years. As a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was Commanding Officer of 8th Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment (Para)*, an airborne infantry battalion, which fought against the remaining communist insurgents from 1974 to 1976. He retired in 1995, as Chief of Military Intelligence, a post he held for more than 7 years.
Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Raja Dato’ Abdul Rashid occasionally writes on security issues for the media and has given lectures at the Malaysian Police College and the International Islamic University.
[*] Regimental Sergeant Major Kanang anak Langkau, the only recipient of both the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa and the Panglima Gagah Berani medals, was a member of the 8th Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment.