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Posted on 11 Feb 2006 11:03 am
Your correspondent Gerald Law is absolutely correct! The PJM is NOT a 'commemorative' medal...the Malay term 'Jasa', in context, translates as 'Honourable Service'...(I learned to speak more than a smattering of Bahasa Melayu during my service in Singapore and Malaya).
Let me advocate that all interested parties write to their MP protesting the insult given by the HD's illogical decision...since I have been a Canadian citizen for more than 40 years, and consequently no longer have a UK MP, I therefore recently mailed the following to 10 Downing Street...
The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
February 9, 2006
Dear Prime Minister,
Permit me, as a proud veteran of the Malayan "Emergency", to register my outrage and disappointment at the recent decision reached by Her Majesty's advisors who comprise the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals, regarding conditional acceptance of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia.
To tell 35,000 loyal military ex-servicemen and women that they may accept a medal, but that they will not be permitted to wear it simply defies all logic. On the one hand, two rules (double-medalling and events over 5 years ago) are waived to permit acceptance and then, paradoxically, are immediately resurrected as reasons for the medal not being wearable.
This ridiculous decision denigrates the loyalty and service of we veterans. In addition, it demeans the sacrifice made by our comrades who fell during the course of that conflict. Simultaneously, it offers gratuitous insult to the Agong, Government and peoples of Malaysia, who tried, most graciously, by the offer of this medal, to express sincere gratitude to all Commonwealth personnel, in recognition of
their "distinguished chivalry, gallantry, sacrifice and loyalty to the freedom of independence of Malaysia."
One sincerely hopes that there will soon be a further review of this matter and appropriate reversal of this ill-conceived and insulting condition. In fact, perhaps it is now time to dissolve the, clearly redundant, Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals.
This fight, Sir, is far from over!
(Ex Royal Corps of Signals & 17th Gurkha Division)
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