4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment

Inquiry into Recognition for Service for Australian Military Personnel who served with 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Malaysia in 1966 to 1967

  • 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR) served in Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo) from 1963 to 1967, returning to Australia on 28 September 1967.
  • Some members of 4RAR who served in Malaysia after September 1966 have made representation to Defence and the Government seeking the General Service Medal (GSM) 1962 and the Australian Active Service Medal 194575 (AASM 45-75) with Clasp ‘MALAYSIA’.
  • In May 2009 the Government accepted the following recommendations:
    • Recommendation 1: The Tribunal recommends that the current qualifying end date for the award AASM 45-75 with Clasp ‘MALAYSIA’ be extended to 14 September 1966 inclusive for service in Borneo (Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei).
    • Recommendation 2: The Tribunal recommends that it be determined that members of 4 RAR who served at Terendak from May 1967 to September 1967 (as referred to in the Terms of Reference) are not eligible for the AASM 45-75 with Clasp ‘MALAYSIA’, the GSM 1962 with Clasp ‘MALAY PENINSULA’ and the Pingat Jasa Malaysia.
    • Recommendation 3: The Tribunal recommends that the Australian Government takes no action to recommend to either the Government of the United Kingdom or the Government of Malaysia that a change be made in the rules relating to the award of the GSM or the Pingat Jasa Malaysia to include eligibility for service by members of 4 RAR after 12 June 1965 and 31 December 1966, respectively.

Media Release – Announcement of Inquiry
Terms of Reference
Media Release – Announcement of the acceptance of the Tribunal’s recommendations

by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986