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Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal - Information and How to Apply

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Introduction

The Government of Malaysia has offered the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal to eligible New Zealand servicemen and women in appreciation of their service in Malaysia with the Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve, from the declaration of Malayan Independence, to the end of the Confrontation. The medal is awarded for service between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966 (the end date has been extended by the Government of Malaysia from the official end of the Confrontation on 12 August 1966, to include a ‘cooling off period’). Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the PJM medal by New Zealanders who served as part of the New Zealand military contribution to Malaya/Malaysia between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966.

The Malayan Emergency and the Confrontation were the two most significant conflicts for Malaysia since the end of the Second World War.

New Zealand and Malaysia enjoy a significant and long-standing defence relationship. The offer of the PJM medal is an acknowledgment by the Government of Malaysia of the high value which is placed upon the contribution made by New Zealanders to the security of Malaysia and the region.

As the PJM medal is a foreign award, Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force is acting as the agent for the Government of Malaysia in administering some aspects of the award. By signing the application form for the PJM medal, an applicant will give permission for his/her name and address to be supplied to the Government of Malaysia.

The New Zealand Government has developed the following eligibility provisions to accord with the criteria for the medal established by the Government of Malaysia. Any representations made directly to the Government of Malaysia from ex-Service groups or individuals to vary the criteria will be referred to the New Zealand Government for a response.

The Medals Office, Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force, Private Bag 905, Upper Hutt, New Zealand, receive applications for verification of the individual’s service and eligibility. A specially designed application form is now available for this purpose.

ELIGIBILITY

Two categories of eligibility are assessed by Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force for the award of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal.

Category One:

a. Those members of the New Zealand Armed Forces who were on the posted strength of a unit or formation, and who served in the prescribed operational area of Malaysia and Singapore, in direct support of operations in Malaysia, for 90 days or more, in the aggregate, as follows:

(1) Malaysia during the period 31 August 1957 to 31 December 1966 inclusive; and / or

(2) Singapore during the period 31 August 1957 to 9 August 1965 inclusive.

Service between 12 August 1966 and 31 December 1966 will only be aggregated as qualifying service if a member was posted for operations to Malaya or Malaysia on or before 12 August 1966.

The prescribed operational area of Malaysia and Singapore is the landmass of East Malaysia (that is: the States of Sabah and Sarawak on the Island of Borneo), the Malay Peninsula, and the Island of Singapore. The prescribed operational area also includes the sea area of Malaysia.

b. Those members of the New Zealand Armed Forces who were on the posted strength of a unit or formation outside of the prescribed operational area detailed in paragraph a. above, but who served in a secondary role in indirect support of operations in Malaysia for 180 days or more, in the aggregate, during the period 31 August 1957 to 31 December 1966 inclusive.

The secondary role is in respect of service with RNZN ships patrolling outside of the prescribed operational area whilst allocated to the Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve.

Service between 12 August 1966 and 31 December 1966 will only be aggregated as qualifying service if a member was serving on a RNZN ship allocated to the Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve on or before 12 August 1966.

The RNZN deployments eligible for the PJM medal are listed on the PJM medal page of the NZDF Medals website.

c. Those New Zealand citizens who served in a civilian law enforcement capacity (police, home guard or security services) in the prescribed operational area of Malaysia only, in direct support of operations in Malaysia, for 90 days or more, in the aggregate, during the period 31 August 1957 to 31 December 1966 inclusive.

Service between 12 August 1966 and 31 December 1966 will only be aggregated as qualifying service if a person was posted for operations to Malaya or Malaysia on or before 12 August 1966.

Notes:

1. Sorties from bases outside of the operational area as prescribed at paragraph a. above do not count as qualifying service towards the award of the PJM medal. Only service by those on the posted strength of bases located in Malaysia and Singapore, and in cases where the sorties have been mounted from those bases, will be counted as qualifying service towards the award of the PJM medal. Only the first sortie from inside the prescribed operational area on any one day will be counted as qualifying service.

2. Service may be aggregated in relation to paragraphs a. and b. above. This is calculated on the basis that:

a. Service of one day in the operational area counts as one day towards qualification for the medal.
b. Service of two days in the secondary role is calculated as one day.
c. All service counts towards an aggregate of 90 days.

For example, a person who has 10 days’ service in the operational area, and 160 days’ service in the secondary role, will qualify for the medal on the basis of 10 + (160 ÷ 2) = 90.

Category Two:

Those members of the New Zealand Armed Forces, or those New Zealand citizens, who had their period of service in the operational area terminated by death, or by evacuation due to illness or injury or other disability due to that service, during the period 31 August 1957 to 31 December 1966 inclusive, and before the completion of the period of qualifying service prescribed in Category One.

General:

• There will only be one award of the medal to a person unless otherwise advised. Should the medal be lost or destroyed, it will not be replaced at public expense.

• Individual applications made directly to the Government of Malaysia for an award of the medal will be referred to Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force, for the assessment and verification of the individual’s service.

PDF and MS Word versions of the above information, can be downloaded through the following links: PJM info - PDF version 42 kb; PJM info - MS Word version 79 kb.

RNZN Deployments Eligible for the PJM medal

The RNZN deployments eligible for the PJM medal are listed on the PJM medal page of the NZDF Medals website.

How to apply (updated 8 November 2013)

To apply for the PJM medal please complete either NZDF Medals Office Form No. 1 (for your own medal) or Form No. 2 (for the medal of a deceased relative).

The completed application form should then be sent to :

The Medals Office

Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Private Bag 905
UPPER HUTT 5140

For any questions please use our contact form.

Quick Links

The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal

RNZN deployments eligible for the PJM medal

Media Statement 27 June 2006 - Issue of Malaysian Medal to New Zealand Veterans

News article 31 March 2006 - First Presentation of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal to New Zealand Veterans

Media Statement 7 September 2005 - New Zealanders eligible for Malaysian military medal

Media Statement 11 July 2005 - New Zealanders in line for Malaysian military medal

Campaign medals for service since 3 September 1945 listed by campaign or mission

Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in Malaya / Malaysia / Singapore between 1957 and 1966

 This page was last reviewed 8 November, 2013 and is current.

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