Defence Honours & Awards is part of the Defence People Group.
In 2004, the Malaysian government offered Australia the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal to commemorate Australian Defence Force personnel who served to uphold the sovereignty of Malaysia during the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966. The Australian government accepted the offer and has issued over 8,000 medals.
The Malaysian Government has set the following eligibility guidelines:
The qualifying period for the medal is 90 days for those personnel posted to units in direct support of operations in the prescribed areas. Those posted to units in indirect support are required to serve for 180 days in the prescribed areas.
The medal is a circular silver finished medal 36 millimetres in diameter. The obverse has the Malaysian national crest over the inscription ‘JASA MALAYSIA’.
The reverse has a map of Malaysia over the initial letters ‘P.J.M’. The medal is connected to a decorated suspension bar by two crossed ‘palas’ palm fronds.
The ribbon has a central red stripe that symbolises chivalry and gallantry, flanked by blue stripes representing the contribution made by supporting forces during the campaigns and the appreciation of the Malaysian people, edged by yellow stripes representing the sovereignty of Malaysia.