Born in 1935, Y.Bhg. General (Rtd.) Tan Sri (Dr.) Dato’ Paduka Hashim bin Mohd Ali, married, with 3 children and 2 grandkids, was most popularly known as the person responsible for the successful staging of the 1998 XVI Commonwealth Games into an internationally acclaimed event. A former Victorian where he attended, during his early school years, he was also the Hepponstall House Hockey Captain and represented the school in multiple swimming competitions. His stature is one filled with noble dignity and his image of overwhelming discipline easily commands respect. This is what he acquired during his long-service with the Royal Malaysian Army. From his humble beginnings, right up to being on the top ranks as a General, and the Chief of the Armed Forces, where he is responsible to the Government of Malaysia in all matters related to our national security. He’s also an avid golfer and swimmer. For all of his life long contributions for the country, Tan Sri Hashim was given the trust to lead the the Sukom Ninety Eight Berhad, the Organizing Committee established by the government to run the Kuala Lumpur 98 (XVI Commonwealth Games). It was also claimed to be as the best Commonwealth Games of the century and brought fame to Malaysia. Indeed, he may have left his Generalship, but the Generalship has certainly not left him.