Asim Halim - The Case of the Cunning Linguist
Since the late 1980s Halim's ability with Arabic languages had been of value to the Department of Defence and he had on occasion been deployed as an interpreter.
Asim (Sam) Halim the recently sacked President from the Healesville RSL is a master of innuendo a conman and wannabe. Sam Halim was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Clerk who held the rank of Flight Sergeant on retirement. Because of his Egyptian heritage he was occasionally employed as an Interpreter. Unfortunately his interpretation of the truth of his service is somewhat sullied by lies, and of a lesser quality than his Arabic interpreting skills. In addition last ANZAC day he was found to be wearing medals he is not entitled to.
Between 21 August 1990 and 14 December 1990 he worked as an interpreter aboard HMAS Darwin in the Persian Gulf
From 13 Jan 1992 to 30 Nov 1994 and again from 15 May 1995 to 14 May 1997 he was granted Leave Without Pay (LWOP) from the RAAF to work as a consultant at the Joint Technical Language School, Fiddlers Lane, Cheltenham in the United Kingdom where he was a linguist and a consultant on Middle East culture. This organisation is part of the British Communications Headquarters which is part of the British Intelligence community. And is described here:
BCHQ is a Civil Service Department under the Ministerial responsibility of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. BCHQ provides Government Departments and Military Commands with signals intelligence (Sigint) in accordance with requirements laid upon it by the JIC (as for SIS) in support of HMG's security, defence, foreign and economic policies.
From 24 February 1998 to 10 April 1998 he worked as an interpreter for an Army Major on a liaison mission to Kuwait, as support staff for the Australian Embassy Office Kuwait.
During the Kosovo refugee crisis in 1999 Halim was used as an interpreter to assist refugees to settle into temporary accommodation at Puckapunyal in Victoria. Note in the following newspaper article it mentions "As one of the few Defence Force Arabic speakers he is asked to put aside clerical duties and help out in exotic places" That sentence defines Halim's RAAF duties he was a Clerk who was deployed as an Arabic speaking interpreter from time to time.
Halim claims 23 years RAAF service, and mentions in his various "blurbs" and flyers only his interpreting deployments and hints that this was all "spook" oriented, however, his service really looks like this:
1. Four years secondment on Leave Without Pay from the RAAF to the Joint Technical
Languages School (JTLS) at Cheltenham in the United Kingdom as a linguist and
instructor in Arabic language and culture.
2. Four months deployment aboard HMAS Darwin as an interpreter during the Gulf War.
3. Seven weeks deployment as interpreter for an Army Major in Kuwait.
4. A short deployment in Victoria helping Kosovo refugees to settle in at Puckapunyal.
5. Eighteen years as an RAAF Clerk.
In total his clerical duties would have involved eighteen of his twenty three years service, then four years as a language and cultural instructor at JTLS in the United Kingdom and six to seven months deployed as an interpreter
Halim advertises his illustrious career as being in the murky world of espionage and intelligence. Here are some of his efforts:
RSL Committee nomination
How to vote:
One of his claims is true - he did serve in the Gulf War in 1990 - but all the others are sly innuendo designed to enhance his public profile and gain benefit from being elected to important community positions. Halim infers in his "blurbs" that he was a highly decorated intelligence operative who worked with - in - or at :
High Commission London
British Intelligence General Headquarters
Kuwait with SAS
Was a soldier and Officer
Worked with United Nations
Was recommended to work with Richard Butler in Iraq.
Now have a look at the photo below and see the medals that reflect the above service:
Until ANZAC day 2007 Halim claimed he had no medals, but he is entitled to some because of his service as an interpreter on the Royal Australian Naval Ship HMAS Darwin whilst on service in the Persian Gulf during August to December 1990. Several members decided that as Club President he should wear his medals on ANZAC Day 2007 and after reading his "blurbs" and considerable discussion with him, decided to purchase from the local medal shop his "entitlement" of the rack shown in the photo.
The invoice for the medals is shown below:
The workings of the RSL are none of our business, however it is relevant to this case to say that Halim was the President of the Healesville, Victoria, R&SL Club and at that establishment chaos reigned.
Halim has been found guilty by the RSL on several charges including "The wearing of medals to which he was not entitled", " Claimed to be a highly decorated returned serviceman from the first Gulf War" which he was not, and "making false claims against the Victorian State President" He was awarded punishments including banishment up to 5 years.
Mr. Halim has appealed to RSL National HQ. That appeal is yet to be heard.
There are numerous accusations, reports and counter reports not included in this report that led to the decisions made by the R&SL Tribunals findings. We have not included these because they are not wannabe material - suffice to say that chaos did indeed reign at Healesville.
Sorting out the "wheat from the chaff" in relation to Halim's service and medals was an intricate affair, but all wannabes leave trails and we were able to sort out Halim's spore.
As stated in the letter from a member of the Healesville R&SL to their Headquarters, Halim's statements of his service history ranges between "drawing a very long bow" to downright lies and as previously stated he is a master of innuendo - probably in two languages. His statements are sorted out as follows.
ASIO - Never worked for ASIO except perhaps as an interpreter and is not known to them as an employee.
British Intelligence General Headquarters - He worked at the JTLS Languages School as a Linguist. During this time he was on Leave Without Pay from the RAAF and was acting as a consultant. He also produced some written briefs on the Middle East culture for the School and the Head of the Language School commended his work.
High Commission London - We believe that this was in relation to his work at the Languages School.
Persian Gulf - Halim served as an interpreter on HMAS Darwin between the 21 August 1990 and 14 Dec 1990. HMAS Darwin's Captain commended his work.
Bosnia - Halim never served in Bosnia.
Kosovo - Halim never served in Kosovo, the extent of his involvement in Kosovo was as an interpreter in settling Kosovo temporary refugees into accommodation at Puckapunyal Army camp in Victoria.
East Timor - Never served in East Timor
Kuwait with SAS - Because of his interpreting skills Halim was detached to work with an Australian Officer to facilitate the involvement of Australian troops in Kuwait as part of a United States led coalition. The detachment was from the 24 February 1998 to 10 April 1998. The Australian Officer happened to be an SAS Officer. Halim was not posted to the SAS in Kuwait. See more about this detachment further down.
Iraq - Never served in Iraq.
Was a soldier and Officer - Halim was never a soldier or a commissioned officer in the Australian Defence Force. Whilst he was working as an interpreter in Kuwait, to increase the prestige of the Australian presence in Kuwait, sometimes it was necessary to "Dress Up" Halim as an RAAF Officer so that he would be more presentable than a RAAF Sergeant when interpreting during meetings between Kuwait officials and the Australian officer - The Australian Embassy office even went as far as issuing an official document to say he was a Flight Lieutenant (See below). That is what Halim refers to when he says he was an "Officer". The SAS officer commended Halim for his interpreting skills during this detachment. In one of his electoral posters he also says "British Intelligence as a soldier, an Officer". He was never a soldier and never an officer with British Intelligence.
Diplomat - This again refers to his duties as a Sergeant interpreter in Kuwait - he was never a diplomat he was an interpreter for an Australian Army Major who was attached to the Kuwait Embassy Office. The office was established as an adjunct to the Australian Embassy in Riyadh
Worked with the United Nations - Never worked with the United Nations.
Was recommended to work with Richard Butler in Iraq - We asked Richard Butler and he said he had never heard of Halim, however there is truth in this statement, because whilst he was at the JTLS School in the United Kingdom the Head of the Language School recommended him as "suitable for employment on United Nations Inspection Missions to Baghdad"
As an RAAF Sergeant, Halim had two roles, he was a Clerk and an interpreter. When Arabic interpreting skills were needed he was detached for short periods of time from his everyday job as a clerk. His time at JTLS was at his own request, but it also suited the RAAF to release him on Leave Without Pay. He does not mention in his "blurbs" about being a clerk, which was his role for most of his Twenty-Three years service. Below is a copy of a RAAF document that explains his secondment to JTLS and clearly shows he was employed as a clerk.
We had previously looked at Asim Halim, but at that stage he had not worn medals to which he was not entitled. We decided not to publish then, because it was noted as iterated here that wherever Halim carried out interpreting work he was commended for his excellent work, however, he was not "a highly decorated soldier for the first UN sanctioned Gulf War in 1991" as is stated in one of his election posters. He was an RAAF Sergeant clerk who was used by the Department of Defence from time to time as an interpreter because of his Egyptian heritage. In addition at that stage he had not worn a rack of medals to which he is not entitled.
Asim Halim rewrote his service history and by innuendo and lies gilded the lily to the extent that any reasonable veteran would see through the smoke screen he had created. Perhaps he started to believe his own lies because, he was running the R&SL club as if he owned it, his actions and behaviour at that venue caused people to look into his amazing resume where very little truth prevails.
As an ex RAAF Sergeant with twenty-three years service Halim could not be so dumb as to not know exactly what his medal entitlements were. Members of the R&SL Club wanted their President to look the part on ANZAC Day so they in good faith arranged medals for him in accordance with his stated service, because his service was a sham he was not entitled to wear the medals provided and he has been exposed as a wannabe.
A reputation built on lies and innuendo is a "House of cards", Halim built a "House of Cards" which eventually all came tumbling down. His stupidity has seen him expelled from the R&SL club and made to be a fool in his hometown.
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