A fighter pilot, to be exact.
Zulhasnan, 64, who has been recalled to contest the parliamentary seat of Setiawangsa which he twice won in 2004 and 2008, served in the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) for 12 years. [...]
Zulhasnan was the first non-British national to win the coveted Jet Provost and Central Flying School trophies, which he pulled of while training at the Royal Air Force Leeming in North Yorkshire, the United Kingdom.
I am not taking anything off Zulhasnan but Unc told me he wasn't the first. There were a Singaporean and another Malaysian (Chinese) trainees at the RAF Central Flying School who each won several trophies, mind you, on different courses.
RAF Leeming, Yorkshire
They were at RAF Little Rissington in the Cotswold, which means they both pre-dated Zulhasnan's stint in RAF Leeming, which the RAF Central School subsequently moved to.
RAF Little Rissington, Cotswold (Gloucestershire)
The Chinese Malaysian, last Unc heard from him, flew the B777 in MAS.
There were other RMAF pilots who did marvellously at the RAF Central School. In those days the RMAF sent pilots to overseas training who were aces and consequentially made names for themselves at foreign training establishments.
But good on Zulhasnan Rafique for making the RMAF proud.