BRIGADIER GENERAL (RETIRED) DATO SERI PAHLAWAN
HAJI ABDUL RAZAK BIN HAJI ABD. KADIR
DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE
Brigadier General (Retired) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Abd. Kadir was born on 21 March 1972. He was enlisted in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces on 21 September 1989 and appointed as Officer Cadet in 1994. He successfully underwent the Officer Cadet Training at the Royal Military College, Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in 1994 to 1995.
Throughout his service, he has held various appointments such as Platoon Commander, Armoured Recce Troop Leader, Adjutant, Squadron Second-in-Command, Company Commander, Armoured Recce Squadron Commander, Battalion Second-in-Command and Staff Officer Grade One at Ministry of Defence. He also served a tour of duty as a member of Royal Brunei Armed Forces International Monitoring Team (IMT) at Cotabato City, Mindanao, the Republic of the Philippines from 2005 to 2006.
He has, amongst others, attended courses and seminars in Malaysia, the Republic of Singapore, the Republic of the Philippines, Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the United Kingdom. In 2010, he completed his Command and Staff Course at the Command and Staff College Quetta, Islamic Republic of Pakistan and graduated with a Master’s Degree from University of Balochistan, Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In September 2016, he attended the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) and graduated with a Master Degree in National Security Administration (MNSA) in September 2017.
He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2012 and later appointed as the Military Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam from 2013 to 2016. He took responsibility of the Directorship of the Defence’s Minister Office and Directorate of Strategic Planning (DMO & DSP) on 31 January 2018 and was then promoted to Colonel on 13 July 2018.
By the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, he was promoted to Brigadier General on 24 July 2020 and took command as Joint Force Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces on 28 August 2020. He was then appointed as Commander of Royal Brunei Land Force on 01 March 2022. On 07 June 2022, he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Defence.
Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Razak was conferred The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei (P.S.B.) in 2002 and Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (P.J.K.) in 2008 by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
On the 75th Birthday celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al_Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on 15 July 2021, he was conferred The Most Gallant Order of Pahlawan Negara Brunei, First Class (P.S.P.N.B.) which carries the title Dato Seri Pahlawan.
Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Razak is married to Datin Hajah Maimunah binti Haji Bakar and is blessed with one son and two daughters. He enjoys playing golf and travelling.