Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

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    emptyeye War Hero

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    For those who are 'mature' enough to have served in this Operation, and you dont know, or you have 'in-laws' etc who did, this is worth reading and responding to, im doing the leg work for my father-in-law, ex RN stoker who served then.
    Here is the criteria:
    The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

    Last year, the Malaysian Government approached the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to seek approval to present their new commemorative medal, known as the Pingat Jasa Malaysia, to British veterans and others who served in operations in Malaya/Malaysia between August 1957 and August 1966.

    This was not a matter for the Ministry of Defence. On behalf of the Government, the FCO are responsible for administering the policy relating to the acceptance and wear of non-British awards by British citizens. They arranged for the matter to be considered by the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals, (known as the HD Committee). This is a non-political, inter-Departmental committee, Chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, which advises The Queen on such matters. The Committee considered the matter of the PJM in the light of the Rules governing the accepting and wearing of non-British awards and made recommendations to The Queen.

    As a result, on 31st January 2005 the Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Mr Ian Pearson made a Written Ministerial Statement to the House of Commons as follows:

    Written Ministerial Statement
    31 January 2006

    Pingat Jasa Malaysia

    “The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) is a commemorative medal which the Government of Malaysia would like to award to eligible British citizens, for their service in Malaya or Malaysia between 31August 1957 and 12 August 1966.

    The Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals (the official committee which advises Her Majesty The Queen on matters of honours policy) has recommended that an exception to two of the long-established Rules governing the accepting and wearing of foreign (including Commonwealth) awards be made, to enable the Malaysian Government to present the PJM. Her Majesty The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve this recommendation.

    This exception to the Rules means that all of the many thousands of eligible former members of the Armed Forces/Veterans, and others, may receive the PJM. This will be in addition to the British General Service Medal (with appropriate Malaya/Borneo clasp) that many veterans will have been eligible to receive for their service in Malaya/Borneo.

    Permission to wear the PJM will not, however, formally be given. It is long standing Government policy that non-British medals will not be approved for events or service:

    that took place more than 5 years before initial consideration, or in connection with events that took place in the distant past (e.g. commemorative medals);
    if the recipient has received a British award for the same service.
    However, Her Majesty's Government welcomes, and believes it is important to recognise, the generous gesture by the King and Government of Malaysia, and their wish to acknowledge the service given by veterans and others in the years immediately after Malaysian independence. The exception recommended reflects this and our strong and important relationship with Malaysia.

    The Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals reviewed the 5-year and double medalling rules, and considered that, while there were sound reasons why they should be retained, there will be occasions when specific circumstances require exceptions to the rules to be recommended. When such exceptions are contemplated, the Committee will consider each request on a case by case basis, taking into account any special circumstances at the time. The fact that a similar request has been approved in the past will not mean that permission will be granted in future cases.

    Applications for the PJM, and its subsequent distribution will essentially be a matter for the Malaysian authorities, in collaboration with the relevant British Government Departments. Large numbers may be involved. It will take some time for the applications to be processed and for the medal to be distributed. The Malaysian High Commission and the relevant British Government agencies will work together to determine eligible applicants. Veterans’ organisations and Service and Regimental Associations will also be involved.”

    The Ministry of Defence does not have lists of veterans who served in Malaya/Borneo between August 1957 and August 1966, so people who wish to receive this medal will have to submit applications individually, though an appropriate veterans’ organisation. Individual applications should not be sent to either the Ministry of Defence or the FCO.

    In the first instance you should approach your own veterans’ organisation and ask them to assess and coordinate applications on your behalf. You should supply as much information about your service in Malaya as possible, including your name, present postal address, telephone number and e-mail address if available. Assessment of entitlement to the medal should be possible if you supply your Service Number, the Ship, Regiment, Corps or Squadron in which you served, the years you were in Malaysia and whether you have already received a British General Service Medal with an appropriate clasp for service in Malaya or Borneo.

    The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association (NM&BVA) has agreed to coordinate and collate applications on behalf of its members, and in addition, applications from veterans who are not members of any veterans’ organisation, or association. They will assess the entitlement to the PJM from the information provided by the applicant and pass lists of successful applicants to the Ministry of Defence for endorsement and despatch to the Malaysian High Commission in London.

    If you are member of the NM&BVA, you can obtain an application form by visiting the Association’s Internet website: www.nmbva.co.uk. If you are not a member of any other veterans’ organisation or association and wish to claim the medal, you may use the NM&BVA’s form. Completed application forms should be sent to the following address:

    Mr Fred Burden
    Membership Secretary
    National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association
    44, Meadgate Avenue
    Great Baddow
    Chelmsford
    CM2 7LQ
    Tel No. 01245 495238

    If you do not have access to the internet may write to Mr Burden for a form. We are advised that the medal will be issued posthumously to next of kin.

    The Ministry of Defence welcomes offers of assistance from ex-Servicemen’s associations and organisations, including Regimental Associations who have members who served in Malaya and Borneo between 1957 and 1966. If your organisation is prepared to coordinate applications from your members and assess the entitlement of those who served in Malaya and Borneo, in your Regiment, on board ship or in a squadron, please ask your Secretary, or other designated official, to contact the Ministry of Defence at the address below to arrange for their contact details to be added to this website. Please write to:

    “Pingat Jasa Malaysia”
    Ministry of Defence
    Level 8/Zone J
    Main Building
    Whitehall
    London SW1A 2HB

    The veterans’ organisations that are assisting with the exercise will be given the qualifying criteria for the PJM published by the Malaysian Government to assist them in determining whether or not applicants have qualified for the medal. We must again stress that the Ministry of Defence and FCO will not deal with individual applications or queries about individual entitlement to the PJM.

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