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 opportunity the Malaysian authorities were given to express their opinion in consultation before the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals decided that veterans could accept but not wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal.

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

There were a number of contacts with the Malaysian High Commission on the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal, and the British rules on the acceptance and wear of foreign medals were fully explained.

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Andy Nicoll
Posted on 2 May 2008 7:52 pm (Report this annotation)

I'll bet you will not tell anyone which rules you are referring to ie. The 1969 Regulations which separate those in Crown Service and those Not in Crown service, or the retrospective rules introduced eight months after the PJM was awarded when the double medal rule was first seen in print yet is referred to you as not retrospective as it has been in operation for almost sixty years. The FCO does not have any record of any double medal rule being applied to British citizens, not being servants of the Crown, in the past sixty years. The British people, as you well know from the local council elections to-day, are fed-up with Labour politicians who refuse to be transparent or honest with them and as far as the Pingat Jasa Malaysia is concerned you have been one of its worse prevaricators and opponents.