Presentation of the Pingat Jasa Malasia Medal 2007 with photos from my National Service. This relates to a time, over half a century ago, when boys of 18 years were called up to serve two years of their lives in the armed services. For me it was scary at times, but a fantastic experience I’ll never forget, especially the time spent in Malaya.
The Pingat Jasa Malasia Medal was issued by the Malaysian Government in 2007 to all British and Commonwealth soldiers who served in Malaya between 1953 and 1964. This caused the British Government and MOD some concern as the British Armed Services are only allowed to wear British medals. The Government eventually gave their permission for the medal to be accepted, but not worn. The Malaysian High Commission travelled to Alicante, where the presentation of the medal and citation was made to approximately 200 veterans living in Spain.
From 1948 until 1960, guerrilla insurgents sought to force the British from Malaya and to introduce a communist government. It took 12 years to defeat the communist guerrilla forces. Approximately 100,000 British servicemen served in Malaya over this period, the vast majority of whom were national servicemen, often spending long periods in the jungle.
Where it all began
Recent photo of Sheila and me