Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Knapp
Christian Names: Len
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Hamilton
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Royal New Zealand Infantry
Commencement of service: 1960's
Completion of service: UnKnown
Case Notes:




Len Knapp is the President of the New Zealand Malaya Veterans Association and President of the Hamilton Returned Services Association. New Zealand have the same protocols as Australia when in comes to wearing foreign awards. President Len Knapp doesn't give a fig about tradition and protocol because he wears the unauthorised Pingat Khidmat Berbakti Medal from Malaysia.

Knapp wears the following medals:

New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 [warlike] clasped MALAYA 1960-64
The New Zealand Defence Service Medal
The Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal
The Pingat Khidmat Berbakti Medal

This is the offending medal:

Pingat Khidmat (Dedicated Service Medal): instituted by King Hisam ud-din alam Shah on 29th July 1960

New Zealand has a list of foreign medals that may be worn by those who have earned them. Here is the list:

The Pingat Khidman Berbakti is not included on the list and should not be attached to authorised medals that have been awarded by the Sovereign.

Here is advice from New Zealand Government:


I have checked our records and spoken with Defence Medals Policy. There is no record of any official request for this medal to be presented to NZ personnel by the government of Malaysia. Consequentially, no request for approval to accept and wear this medal was ever initiated by either ourselves or Defence.

It is, therefore, an unauthorised medal for which approval to accept and wear has never been given. It should not be worn with official orders, decorations and medals.

(Custodian, New Zealand Order of Wear)
Director, Honours Secretariat
Cabinet Office, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet"

We are reliably advised that Knapp is importing replicas of the medal to sell. If you spend your hard earned cash on purchasing this worthless replica do not flaunt the traditions and protocols of the ANZAC traditions by adding it to your medal rack.

We are reliably advised that Knapp has been asked to remove the offending medal. His response is always a hearty scoff. We hope this entry on our web site will cure him of his scoffing problem.

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