The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (PJM)

The King and Government of Malaysia award the Pingat Jasa Malaysia, a commemorative medal created in 2004, to veterans of British and Commonwealth Forces in recognition of their services in Malaya or Malaysia from 31st August 1957 (Merdeka) to 12th August 1966 (end of the Malaysian-Indonesian Confrontation). Veterans who served in Singapore between 31st August 1957 and 9th August 1965 (Independence from Singapore) are also eligible to receive the honour. 

The medal can be awarded to any entity from the Armed Forces, Semi Armed Forces, Police and Security Civilian Staff, either man or woman, who served in Malaya or Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak) during the determined period of 90 days or more involved in direct operations, or not less than six months indirect service in supporting elements stationed in Malaya or Malaysia.  The medal can be conferred and accepted posthumously by next of kin, not only for those killed in action but also for veterans who have since died. All veterans whose length of service fell short of the determined periods as a consequence of being wounded in action are entitled to the award.

 In July 2006 the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak presented the award to 40 British ex-servicemen at the Malaysian High Commission in London. He paid tribute saying that British, as well as other Commonwealth blood, including Malaysian, had been shed to insure that peace was achieved. Malaysia’s continued peace and prosperity must be attributed to the demonstration of such great valour and courage. Further presentations have been made in London, and there were presentations for 38 members of The  King’s Own Scottish Borderers in Kuala Lumpur on 6th October 2006.

Any veteran of the British services wishing receive the medal should submit an application through the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association (NMBVA) and not to the FCO or The Ministry of Defence. Further details on eligibility and procedure, including the application form, are available on the Veterans-UK website. For ease of access, the following URL is suggested.

www.veterans-uk.info/medals/pingat.html

Applicants and others interested are advised to read the full terms of qualification as detailed on the Veterans-UK website.

Veterans of other Commonwealth countries should apply to the Defence Department of their home country

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Ted Trott and Bob Bowers

showing the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medals presented to them by the Malaysian High Commission at a London hotel.