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Malayan veterans sought

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Subhan Jasmon, Secretary General, Ministry of Defence, Malaysia presents Royal New Zealand Navy Warrant Officer Reece Golding RNZN with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal.
Tan Sri Dato' Sri Subhan Jasmon, Secretary General Ministry of Defence, Malaysia, presents NZ Navy Warrant Officer Reece Golding with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal in 2006.

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The New Zealand Defence Force is currently seeking Wellington-based veterans who served during the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation in the late 50s and 60s who have not yet received their Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal.

The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal is a Malaysian government initiative that recognises service in Malaya, Borneo, and Singapore.

The PJM Medal honours the valour and sacrifices made by the New Zealand Forces who served in Malaya / Malaysia for at least 90 days, between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966. This also includes service in Singapore up to 9 August 1965.

“While many of these veterans have already received their medal we believe that there are still a number of veterans in the Wellington region who may not be aware of their entitlement,” said Donald Anderson, NZDF Assistant Director Medals Policy.

Since 2005 over 3,800 of these medals have been issued.

Mr Anderson said, “If you think you may qualify, please contact the NZDF Medals Office on 04 527 5270.”

This medal may also be issued to the legal next of kin of deceased Malayan veterans – if you think your relative may have qualified for this medal, all the information and application forms are on the Defence Medals website http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/category/l/l2b.html

 ENDS

For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Te Rōpū Kōrero ō Te Ope Kātua/Defence Communications Group, 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130.


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