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Photo of Anne Moffat Anne Moffat Labour, East Lothian 11:37 am, 15th March 2007

May we have a debate on the right to wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal? The medal was awarded to all Australian, New Zealand, Fiji and British servicemen, but only the British have been refused permission to wear it. How can I justify that to my constituent Walter Stewart, who is asking for the right to wear the medal?

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John Rushton
Posted on 16 Mar 2007 6:24 pm (Report this annotation)

Thank you Ms Moffatt for raising this in the House. The decision by the unelected Honours and Decorations Committee cannot be justified and you are right to ask the question. I hope you will be fully supported in your request for a debate, by the Memebers of Parliament (over 200) who have signed the EDM numbers 356 and 375 supporting the right for the PJM to be honourably worn.

John Rushton

Peter Nicoll
Posted on 17 Mar 2007 4:48 am (Report this annotation)

Thank you for raising this most important and delicate issue.
It is quite clear that an unelected advisory group, the Honours & Decorations Committee), have denied brave men and women the right to formally wear this most honorable award.
Many in Malaysia are aghast at this and are confused as to why the British Sovereign will not step in and use her authority to reverse her decision derived from the recommendation made by her advisory committee.
I think it is marvellous that Mr. Straw and the Prime Minister are aware and watching the devlopments with regard to the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal. Many here in Malaysia are also watching, but what exactly is Mr. Straw or Mr. Blair going to do about this injustice?

Barry Fleming
Posted on 17 Mar 2007 7:11 am (Report this annotation)

Thank you Anee Moffat for supporting British veterans who have been snubbed by the HD Committee and those advising them. It is an insult to the Commonwealth for the unelected civil servants to wait months to announce the Commonwealth PJM is sub-standard on ... Commonwealth Day. And if they say "We didn't Twigg" then they are incompetent. If they knew, then they are making a statement about the value of the Commonwealth. Either way, there must now be a public enquiry into the Foreign Decorations fiasco.