WINGS TO FLY: Royal Malaysian Air Force College cadets are ready to take off with the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
ALOR STAR: THIRTY-four Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) College cadets are flying high at the completion of a three-year diploma course in mechanical engineering.
The cadets, who obtained the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics), are the last batch in the joint programme between the college and Universiti Teknologi Mara.
They received their scrolls from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.
Mohammad Syaaban Zainal Abidin from Petaling Jaya, Selangor, was declared as the top trainee.
The 22-year-old received the Sultan Ahmad Shah Trophy and Sword of Honour for his outstanding performance in academic and military activities.
Syaaban said he had rejected an offer to further his studies in Germany to pursue his ambition to become a pilot.
"I had always wanted to become a pilot and I am now a step closer towards achieving my ambition," Syaaban, who is the third of six siblings.
Another who graduated with flying colours was Syaaban's classmate, Mohd Hanafi Mahadi from Kelantan.
The 21-year-old received the RMAF Chief General Trophy for being the top trainee in academics.
The King, in his speech, said RMAF was on course to emerge as a dominant organisation in aerial warfare.
He said this was due to the solid foundation laid down by RMAF's Air Force Next Generation (AF-NG) transformation initiative in 2010, to turn the organisation into a World Class Air Force.
The King called on RMAF personnel to gear up with knowledge and skills to achieve the air force's aspiration.