Did you serve in Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sarawak, Brunei, Kuching or Sabah from Merdeka in
1957 to 1966, the end of The Confrontation with the British Armed Forces. If so you may be able to claim your Pingat Jasa
The UK Government has advised Her Majesty The Queen to allow UK citizens to receive the PJM from The King
of Malaya but in turn have refused them to wear it.
I will be receiving two PJM's on Sunday October 1st at Colchester Castle Park in an NMBVA Stone Laying Ceremony.
One medal will be a posthumous medal on behalf of my father and one for myself whilst we served together in Malaya/Singapore
in the late 1950's.
Upon receipt of both medals, I shall wear one on each lapel as a mark of respect to my father and those
fallen comrades who never made it back to 'Blighty'
Lest we forget...............
Dedication of Memorial
Colchester Castle Park 1st October 2006
At 0945hrs Standard Bearers Briefing
1030hrs Veterans and Standards assemble
1045hrs Guests and Visitors assemble at The Memorial Site
1055hrs Principal Guests at The Memorial Site
1100hrs Service of Dedication of The Memorial
Followed by presentation of 40 PJMs (although I noticed two medals not collected)
Followed by March Past of Saluting Dais
The latter involved The Lord Lieutenant of Essex The Rt Hon Lord Petrie, Col.Razaf, Major (Retired) John Lilley RE and
Bob Russell MP LibDem for Colchester
The Medal Presentation was held by Colonel Razaf Idris Defence Advisor MHC (He saluted each Veteran prior to a handshake
and presenting the medal) and signed souvenir programmes prefaced by him ‘To Our Heroes’ with much joking within
3 Parachute Regiment provided a Bugler, The RBL Band from Harwich were in attendance together with a lone piper RSM (Retired)
Jock Nicholson RMP
Memorial Chaplain Rev Tony Rose
Memorial Organiser was Russell Dick NMBVA
The Parade Marshal was WO1 Colchester Garrison Sergeant Major J J Coleman RRF (By Golly did he have us marching in step!)
I was never one for parades and such Bull but this was different, it was very tiring for being on ones feet for two hours
but I felt proud being part of it. The NMBVA did a splendid job of organising the event and the rain stayed away with a little
divine right from the Chaplain! The heavens opened up about an hour later.
The memorial stone was in such a position that was a very pleasing setting in a town that boasts a 2000 year history
adjacent to a 1000 year old castle and in a magnificent garden. Their memory will ne’er be forgotten, I for one will
make sure of that.
There were Veterans in attendance that didn’t receive a medal for one reason or another, but their presence made
the event even more poignant and when it comes to your turn to receive yours I hope you hold your heads up high and that the
Her Majesty’s Government hang their heads in absolute shame.
We Will Remember Them……