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Malaysia: Military Decorations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 1st May 2008.

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Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Labour, Islwyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Government of Malaysia on the right of British veterans to wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Malaysian authorities have raised this issue with us both in London and Kuala Lumpur.

The Permanent Secretary at the Malaysian Ministry of Defence has raised the matter with our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib raised the issue of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal with my right hon. Friend the then Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, in November 2006. There were also earlier representations at an official level, both in London between the Malaysian High Commission and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and between senior Malaysian officials and our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur.

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David Dilley
Posted on 2 May 2008 6:48 pm (Report this annotation)

Interesting. How early were the 'earlier representations at an official level' in London and Kuala Lumpur?

The first knowledge we (fight4thePJM campaigners) have is a copy of a letter from the Malaysian Ministry of Defence dated July 2004 nothwithstanding that the 'official line from the FCO, MoD DS Sec and Cabinet office always refers to February 2005,as the starting point as it were, notwithstanding that the matter of the PJM was first mooted in the House of Lords in December 2004 and answered in January 2005 by Baroness Symonds who rejected the Malaysian Offer outright, so which dates are correct?

It is like asking specifically, how long would a piece of string need to be that would stretch from point A to point B, and being told that earlier tests were undertaken by expert advisers who assured HMG that it was long enough!

Why was a question asked of David Milliband answered by Meg Munn, who in answering previous questions asked by Don Touhig, has shown no ability to fully answer questions which asked specific points, but advised by her civil service advisers, has replied quoting outdated regulations and other strongly contested views put forward to precluse the PJM from being'formally worn', or has stated that of answering such questions would be cost prohibitive.

Mr Milliband, would you please answer in your capacity as the 'Boss'man?

John Cooper
Posted on 2 May 2008 7:00 pm (Report this annotation)

The Malaysian authorities have raised this issue with us both in London and Kuala Lumpur.

.....and the answer Ms Munn is.....?

You are still not listening are you?