Ex-servicemen Phil Price
(left) and William Doak pay a visit to the
Professor Pantridge memorial , statue at the
Lagan Valley Island Centre. US1307- 107A0
OVER FORTY years after they served in Asia,
around 100 veterans will be awarded prestigious medals in
The PINGAT Jasa Malaysia Medal (PJM) will be presented to
local members of the Commonwealth Forces who served in Malaysia
in its fight to preserve its newly won independence against
terrorism and oppression between 1957 and 1966.
The war heroes from all three services will
receive their medals at the Lagan Valley Island on Saturday
April 14 when representatives from the high Commission of
Malaysisa will be present.
Ex-serviceman William Doak from Lisburn, who is a member of the
Ireland branch of the National Malayan Borneo Veterans
Association (NMBVA) believes this recognition is long overdue.
William, 62, said: "I think Lisburn City
Council should be praised for hosting the Malaysian High
Commissioner and letting the war veterans receive their medals
in Lisburn. It really means a lot to get this recognition over
40 years after the forgotten conflict."
The ceremony will take place amid heavy criticism of the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which has denied the veterans the
right to wear the medals because of century-old British laws.
The Government recently backed down from rules banning the
acceptance of foreign medals - but the FCO's Grant of Honours
and Decorations Committee has held back from granting veterans
permission to wear them, despite those in Commonwealth countries
being allowed to do so.
But Lisburn Veteran Phil Price, 65, who
served in the Royal Navy is prepared to defy the ban.
Phil will be joining other members of the
NMBVA to receive a medal of recognition from the High
Commissioner. He said: "I will wear this with pride some forty
five Years after my service in Borneo.
"I would like to thank a former shipmate from
HMS Lincoln, George Fleming for introducing me to the National
Malayan Borneo Veterans Association and helping me receive my