MP welcomes medal decision

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A DECISION to allow veterans to wear their Malaysian medal has been warmly welcomed by Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith.

The Malaysian Government offered to present the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal to British service personnel who worked in the country between 1957 and 1966, including members of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers Association.

However, a decision in 2006 meant that while veterans could accept the medal, they would not be allowed to wear it alongside their other awards.

Now the Queen has approved a recommendation from the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals to allow the medal to be worn.

Sir Alan, whose Berwick constituency stretches to the north of Morpeth, said the decision follows a request by ministers to reconsider the issue as part of the Government’s commitment to review the rules surrounding the awarding of medals.

He said: “I am very pleased that veterans who have been awarded this medal will now be able to wear it alongside the other honours they have received.”