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Malaysia: Military Decorations

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

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. (202148)

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.

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. (202184)

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.