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Malaysian medal recognises New Zealanders contribution

Malaysian medal recognises New Zealanders contribution
Caption: Private William Ransfield is presented with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medals by the Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dato’ Hasnudin Hamzah at a ceremony at Defence House in Wellington.

19 November, 2010

Three veterans of the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation in the late 50s and 60s received recognition from the Malaysian Government for their contribution at a ceremony in Defence House on Monday.

Private William Ransfield, of Lower Hutt, Leading Aircraftman Ronald Salmon, of Pakuranga, and Corporal David Morgan, of Levin, were presented with the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) medal by the Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dato’ Hasnudin Hamzah.

Also among the recipients were three families of men who served in the Malayan Emergency. Mrs Sheila Cummins, of Upper Hutt, who received the PJM on behalf of her late husband Private John Cummins; Mrs Janette Kelly, of Porirua, who received the PJM on behalf of her late brother Chaplain Paddy Carmody; and Mrs Maxine Gillett, of Upper Hutt, who received the PJM on behalf of her late brother Leading Aircraftman Raymond Stewart.

At the ceremony the Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Mateparae said that the PJM medal is a Malaysian government initiative that recognises service in Malaya, Borneo, and Singapore.

LT GEN Mateparae quoted Chinese missionary Hudson Taylor saying, “A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in a little thing is a big thing” - meaning that while it may seem that New Zealand played a small part, overall we made a big contribution to Malaysian heritage.

The Malaysian High Commissioner reinforced this by saying, “The part New Zealand played in defending our territorial integrity and security was huge and the Malaysian people today cannot repay the contribution and sacrifices you made.”

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.

The PJM was instituted by the King of Malaysia for award to British Commonwealth personnel who served during the Malayan Emergency and the Confrontation. In 2005, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II approved its acceptance and wear by eligible New Zealand personnel and it has now been issued to more than 3,800 New Zealanders. The Defence Force estimates that at least another 1,000 eligible ex-New Zealand military personnel have not yet applied for the award of the PJM.

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For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group, phone 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130

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