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The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

The last date for acceptance of application forms for the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal will be 30th September 2012.

Could all UK applicants who submitted a valid application prior to that date, and have not yet heard about their medal, please contact Mr John Simcock between 1830hrs and 1930hrs (not weekends please) on 0161 215 2878, Please have some patience as I am just an unfunded volunteer.


In 2005 the Malaysian Government approached the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to seek approval to present their new medal, known as the Pingat Jasa Malaysia, to British veterans and others who served in operations in Malaya/Malaysia between August 1957 and August 1966.
This was not a matter for the Ministry of Defence. On behalf of the Government, the FCO is responsible for administering the policy relating to the acceptance and wear of non-British awards by British citizens. They arranged for the matter to be considered by the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals, (known as the HD Committee). This is a non-political, pan-Departmental committee, Chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, which advises The Queen on such matters. The Committee considered the matter of the PJM and at the time felt that the wearing of the PJM would not be endorsed.

November 2011 -Unrestricted Permission to receive and wear the PJM

A statement to the press was published on the 6 Nov 2011 by the MOD which outlined that for the first time British Veterans could wear the PJM during Remembrance Events from 11 November 2011.
The full statement is as follows


British veterans awarded the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal have been given permission by Her Majesty The Queen to wear it for the first time during Remembrance events next Sunday.

The Government of Malaysia introduced the medal in 2005 and awarded it to British and Commonwealth veterans who served in the conflict in Malaya in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Approval is not normally given for foreign medals to be accepted if British recognition for a campaign has already been presented. Previously, veterans had been able to accept but not wear the medal. It has now been agreed they can both accept and wear the PJM.

This was done to recognise the generous gesture by the King and Government of Malaysia, and their wish to award the PJM in recognition of service given by many veterans in the difficult years leading up to and following Malaysian independence.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“I am delighted that Her Majesty The Queen has given approval for veterans to formally wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal in recognition of service given in the difficult years leading up to and following Malaysian independence. This timely decision is particularly welcome for veterans who will, for the first time, be able to wear this medal with pride on Remembrance Sunday.”

Applying for the Medal

            Application Form (Veterans)                         Application Form (Postumous)        

The Ministry of Defence does not have lists of veterans who served in Malaya/Borneo between August 1957 and August 1966, or indeed for any other overseas deployments, so people who wish to receive this medal will have to submit applications individually or through an appropriate veterans' organisation. Applications should not be sent to either the Ministry of Defence or the FCO.

All new applications for the PJM medal should be sent to:

Mr John Simcock
Representative of the Malayan and Borneo Veterans Assn
19 Lowther Gardens
M41 8RJ
Tel 0161 215 2878

Obtaining verification of your service

For information on how to obtain copies of Service records click here
The following organisations have kindly agreed to help verify applications from their members. When writing to them, please remember to enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you require a reply. All the following people have volunteered to help in this exercise and are prepared to donate their time, but it is unreasonable for them to have to fund your postage costs. Other organisations and Regimental Associations will be added to this list as required.


HMS Alert 1961-63 Commission
Mr R Howard MBE
Reunion Organiser
35 Seymour Rd
Lee on the Solent
PO13 9EG
Tel: 02392 799141

National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association (Scotland)
Mr T Nisset
2 Bow Butts
Markinch, Fife
Scotland KY7 6DY

Scots Guards
Lance Sergeant K Gorman, BA (Hons)
HQ Scots Guards
Wellington Barracks
London, SW1E 6HQ
Tel: 0207 414 3419
Fax: 0207 414 3445

King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Colonel C J O Hogg
Regimental Headquarters

Kings Own Scottish Borderers
The Barracks
TD15 1DG
Tel: 01289 307426

1st Battalion Malaysia Rangers
Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) D W F Twigg
21 Helens Park
BT67 0EN
Tel: 028 9265 1081

Royal Ulster Rifles
Major R J Walker MBE
Regimental Secretary
The Royal Ulster Rifles Association
5 Waring Street
Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 9023 2086

Sherwood Foresters
Regimental Headquarters WFR
Foresters House
Chetwynd Barracks
Tel: 0115 946 5416

1st Battalion The Royal Leicestershire Regiment
Captain R J Allen

The Royal Tigers Association (The Royal Leicestershire Regiment)
TA Centre
Ulverscroft Road

HMS Caprice
Mr Graham Latter

HMS Caprice (1968) Association
62 Mill Rise
North Ferriby
East Yorkshire
HU14 3PW
Tel/Fax: 01482 632276

HMS Albion
Mr K Ridley
Reunion Organiser
HMS Albion
18 Littleworth End
Offord Darcy
St. Neots
PE19 5RA
Tel: 01480 810848

HMS Cassandra, HMS Caprice, HMS Barossa
Mr M C Longfoot
HMS Cassandra Association
50 Graylands Road
L4 9UQ
Tel: 0151 226 3675

The Ton Class Association – (HM Coastal Minesweepers)
Honorary Secretary
Ton Class Association
39 Anderson Close
Needham Market
Tel: 01449 721 235

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Personnel
Captain Rex Cooper OBE
Chairman RFA Association
P.O. Box 120
NE48 1XA
Tel: 01434 240002/220000

Royal Air Force Airfield Construction Branch
Membership Secretary
Royal Air Force Construction Branch Association
Wealdon House
Ox Lane
St Michaels
Kent TN30 6NG
Tel: 01580 763347

RAF Butterworth and Penang Association
Mr A L Parrini
RAF Butterworth and Penang Association
Tel: 01228 674553

Royal Air Force Aerial Erectors
Mr B Edwards
Ex-RAF Aerial Erectors Association
85 Church Lane
Tel: 0113 2789378

RAF Helicopter Operations (Malaya Emergency) Association
(incorporating RAF Cas-evac Flight, 194, 155 and 110 Squadrons)
Mr B W Lloyd
32 Redwood
Tel: 01628 661005

Members of British Korean Veterans association who served in Malaya and Borneo
Mr F Ellison OBE BEM JP
Honorary General Secretary
British Korean Veterans Association
12 Fields Crescent
Cheshire SK14 8JR
Tel: 01457 763699
Fax: 01457 766748


Members of the Royal Naval Association now resident in South Africa may contact Mr P O Turton at the address below:
Mr P O Turton
Royal Naval Association
Cape Town Branch
84 Clovelly Road
Clovelly 7975
Cape Town
South Africa


Former Malayan and Borneo Campaign veterans now resident in Spain may contact Mr D E Mills at the address below:
Mr D E Mills
Partida de la Huerta 21
Piso 1
Altea 03590

Can you help?

The Ministry of Defence welcomes offers of assistance from ex-Servicemen’s associations and organisations, including Regimental Associations who have members who served in Malaya and Borneo between 1957 and 1966. If your organisation is prepared to coordinate applications from your members and assess the entitlement of those who served in Malaya and Borneo, in your Regiment, on board ship or in a squadron, please ask your Secretary, or other designated official, to contact the Ministry of Defence at the address below to arrange for their contact details to be added to this website. Please write to:
“Pingat Jasa Malaysia”
DS Sec – Honours 1
Ministry of Defence
Level 8/Zone J
Main Building
London SW1A 2HB
The veterans’ organisations that are assisting with the exercise will be given the qualifying criteria for the PJM published by the Malaysian Government to assist them in determining whether or not applicants have qualified for the medal. We must again stress that the Ministry of Defence and FCO will not deal with individual applications or queries about individual entitlement to the PJM, so please do not submit individual applications to the above branch. Any received which have not been stamped by an appropriate veterans’ organisation or Regimental Association will be sent automatically to the NM&BVA for verification.


The following qualifying criteria were provided by the Malaysian High Commission in London:

1. For distinguished service and sacrifices towards the involvement of the Armed Forces and security groups from the communion countries who had served in this country during the 2nd Emergency and Confrontation time period, the Malaysian Government has approved to ordain a recognition for this award to be conferred to any entity. This decoration shall be named as Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM).

2. This award is conferred in considering the involvement of the Armed Forces or security group from Australia, Britain, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Fiji and citizen of any other country who served in any peace operations in Malaya or Malaysia, aimed to upholding the peace and sovereignty of this country. For the purpose of conferring this award, the period of service is from 31st August 1957 (after the independent of Malaya) to 12th August 1966 (end of Confrontation).

3. Terms and Service Qualification applies for this award are as follows:
a. Person Eligible. This medal can be awarded to any entity from Peacekeeping Group
(Armed Forces, Semi Armed Forces, Police and Security Civilian Staff) from the communion countries either man or women whoever has served in Malaya or Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak) during the determined period. (For service stationed in Singapore, please see paragraph e below).

b. The Exact Dates of Operational Service. For the purpose of conferment of this award, the Malaysian Government has declared that the exact dates of Operational Service is from 31st August 1957 to 12th August 1966 only. This medal cannot be offered for period prior to 30th August 1957 (before the independence of Malaya) or after 12th August 1966). (However, if their service does not cover the above mentioned dates, consideration shall be given based on Additional Qualification; please refer to paragraph f below).

c. Type of Services. In order to qualify for this medal, any personnel from the Armed Forces, Semi Armed Forces, Police and Security Civilian Staff service with or attached to any Armed Forces units or security organizations from the said countries or group either involved directly or indirectly and performed their duties in upholding the peace and security of this country, in any type of security operations with Malaya or Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak), within the time period as determined above are eligible for the award.

d. Number of Days of Service. Any security personnel from the said organizations and countries fulfilling the qualification below, are eligible for the award;
(1). Any security personnel who directly involved (in the face of enemy) in any operation for the period of three (3) months or more in any Armed Forces or Security Organizations from the said countries or group, stationed in Malaya or Malaysia during the predetermined time period;

(2). or any security personnel who had indirectly served not less than six (6) months as supporting elements in any operation served in any Armed Forces units or security organizations from the said countries or group, stationed in Malaya or Malaysia during the predetermined time period;

(3). or any security personnel attached or posted to any Armed Forces units or security organizations from the said countries or group, stationed in Malaya or Malaysia and performed their duties directly (in the face or enemy) in any operations not less than three (3) months during the predetermined time period;

(4). or any security personnel attached or posted to any Armed Forces units or security organizations from the said countries or group, stationed in Malaya or Malaysia and performed their duties indirectly as supporting element in any operations not less than six (6) months during the predetermined time period;

(5). or any security personnel from the said countries of Armed Forces or security organizations or attached to it, stationed Malaya or Malaysia, who had involved directly or as supporting element, throughout the service despite yet to fulfil the determined period, killed, wounded. or disable due to, performing tasks against the enemy, can be considered for this award.

e. Service in Singapore. if the security personnel from Armed Forces or security organization from the said countries or group, stationed in Singapore and performing tasks against the enemy in upholding the sovereignty of this country, their service should be for the period of 31 August 1957 until 9 August 1965 (Independence of Singapore). Other than period stated are not eligible.

f. Additional Qualifications. Despite the predetermined period (the exact dates of operational service and the number of days of service as mentioned earlier, other Additional Qualifications can be considered based on the following circumstances:

1) the security personnel from any Armed Forces or security organizations from the said countries or group who had served In Malaysia, must be sent by their Government before 12th August 1966; and

(2) after 12th August 1966, he or she must be in or attached to any remaining Armed Forces unit or Security Organisation from the said countries, stationed only in Malaysia and perform their duties during the so called “cooling period"; and

(3) the above service are counted until 31st December 1966 only.

(4) therefore, any entity who fulfil these additional qualifications (paragraph (1), (2) and (3) above eligible for this award.
g. Geographical Land Area. The geographical land area service are defined as the land of Malaya or Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak) only.

h. Service At Sea. Area Service at sea area are defined as: “the naval ships must be located in the sea area of Malaya or Malaysia and involved throughout in supporting any operation for Malaya or Malaysia. If the ships are located in Singapore coastal area, the service period should be from 31st August 1957 until 9th August 1965 (independence of Singapore).

i. Flying into and Out. Flying into and out of Malaya or Malaysia on an air force flight as air crew or supernumerary aircrew does not count as qualifying service for the award. However, if the parent unit (the Air Force bases) is stationed in Peninsular of Malaya or Malaysia during the predetermined period, are declared as service for Malaya or Malaysia. However, if the parent units are stationed in Singapore, the service are declared from 31st August 1957 until 9th August 1965 only.

j. Posthumous Awards. This award can be conferred posthumously.


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