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Malaysia: Military Decorations

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions officials from his Department or members of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals met Malaysian officials to consult them before the Committee decided that veterans could accept but not wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal. (201115)

Officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office met with officials from the Malaysian high commission on several occasions to discuss this issue. The Malaysian authorities were kept fully informed about discussions on the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal, including the Government's decision to allow the medal to be accepted but not worn.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions officials from his Department or members of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals, contacted the Malaysian High Commission or the Committee on the Malaysian authorities to consult them before the Committee decided that veterans could accept but not wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal. (201116)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the correspondence between the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals, Ministerial officials and the Malaysian authorities prior to the decision by the Committee that British veterans may accept but not wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal. (201168)

There was no correspondence between the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals and the Malaysian authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 526W, on Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals, if he will direct the Committee to reverse its decision on the acceptance and wearing of Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medals by British veterans. (201332)

The Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals has considered the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal thoroughly. We respect its conclusions and do not plan to seek any re-consideration.