Group of retired ASEAN military and security chiefs set up Pinnacle Club
A group of retired military and security chiefs in the Asean region have come together to set up a club to continue the good relations fostered over decades of cooperation.
The Pinnacle Club was launched in Singapore yesterday.
Singapore's first Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General (Retired) General Winston Choo is one of six founding patrons of the club.
He told 938LIVE the club's main objective is to keep up the comradeship, and attract new members from other parts of the region when membership terms are formalised following the official launch.
"What we are doing now is to formalise what had been going for at least 5 years, that is to meet on informal and social basis. For instance, when Singapore hosted it, we've invited them here for the F1, airshows. There must be an event which will be of interest to them also. In future, we hope to find other opportunities, we hope other countries that are in this club would also offer to host such gatherings."
General Choo says although members of the group have long retired from uniformed service, they can still serve as an alternative avenue for informal diplomacy among regional countries.
He says it's the close ties between these chiefs that have lent momentum to the creation of Pinnacle Club.
"When we meet, it's really like meeting old friends. There's a lot of hugging and showing of close relationship and friendship. If indeed we discuss a host of things, and if indeed there are issues troubling the region, we do talk about it, and give our respective views as to what we thought. We don't have an agenda per se, it's just a friendly, social discussion."
Other former defence chiefs and founding patrons include former President of the Phillipines, General Fidel Ramos; Brunei's General Pehin Mohammad Hj Daud, Indonesia's General Try Sutrisno, Malaysia's General Hashim Mohd Ali, and Thailand's General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh.
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