HC Deb 19 January 1965 vol 705 cc38-40W
Q13. Mr. Shinwell

asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on acts of aggression by Indonesia against Malaysia; and what assistance is being given by Commonwealth countries.

The Prime Minister

Since the statement made on 1st December by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations in answer to a Question by the right hon. Member for Streatham (Mr. Sandys), I understand that the Malaysian Government have addressed three letters to the Security Council drawing the Council's attention to further Indonesian incursions into and armed attacks upon Malaysian territory. The Malaysian Government have also, in a further letter sent to the President of the Security Council on 7th January, invited the Council's attention to the mounting threat to Malaysia implicit both in recent statements by President Sukarno and other leading Indonesians, making clear that Indonesia claims the right to send her guerrillas into Malaysia and intends to continue to do so, and in the current build up of Indonesian troops along the Eastern Malaysia border.

The British Government for their part have made it quite clear that they intend to continue to fulfil Britain's obligation to help Malaysia defend herself against external attack. Australia and New Zealand are also participating in the defence of Malaysia against Indonesian attacks. Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have in addition undertaken to provide financial aid.

Operation Naval General Service Medal General Service Medal (Army and Royal Air Force)
Minesweeping and Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945–60 Clasp: Minesweeping 1945–51 Clasp: Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945–49
Clasp: Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945–53 Clasp: Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945–56
Clasp: B. and M. Clearance Mediterranean
South East Asia 1945–46 Clasp: S.E. Asia 1945–6 Clasp: S.E. Asia 1945–6
Palestine 1945–48 Clasp: Palestine 1945–48 Clasp: Palestine 1945–48
Malaya 1948–60 Clasp: Malaya Clasp: Malaya
River Yangtze 1949 Clasp: Yangtze 1949
Korea 1950–53 Korea Medal
Africa General Service Medal
Kenya 1952–56 Clasp: Kenya
Naval General Service Medal General Service Medal (Army and Royal Air Force)
Cyprus 1955–59 Clasp: Cyprus Clasp: Cyprus
Near East 1956 Clasp: Near East Clasp: Near East
Arabian Peninsula 1957–60 Clasp: Arabian Peninsula Clasp: Arabian Peninsula
Brunei 1962 Clasp: Brunei Clasp: Brunei
General Service Medal 1962
Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei 1962— Clasp: Borneo

The new Medals struck in the period in recognition of service in military operations have been the Korea Medal and the General Service Medal, 1962. Commemorative War Medals are recommended for award in commemoration of arduous campaigns or other well-fought operations which have entailed danger to life from enemy action or other exceptional risk and hardship. New War Medals are recommended in recognition of service in a war which warrants the issue of a separate medal; otherwise a

All Commonwealth Governments have declared their sympathy and support for Malaysia's efforts to preserve her sovereign independence and integrity.