admin wrote:Following the London Presentations there has been much discussion on the Forum regarding the ongoing fight and the funding thereof - and many offers to add to a fighting fund.
It is very humbling to have such support from all over the world.
We feel that this is an opportune moment to talk about The Fight4thePJM Association.
The Fight4thePJM was inaugurated on the 31st January 2006. Many of us had fought for a year to prevent the PJM being rejected out of hand and to have it approved for acceptance and wear. At no time did we ever consider a keepsake as an acceptable answer. The day the keepsake Ministerial Statement was promulgated three things happened:
• A group of key supporters agreed to continue the fight for the right to wear the PJM.
• An association of those people created a web site called Fight4thePJM.
• A fund was set up within that association of 8 people to ensure that a full scale campaign was adequately funded for a period of 12 months - and there is a commitment to a fully funded campaign for the following 2 years subject to review by the fund providers (funds are provided only by us and not from any outside party - we have no affiliations whatsoever).
And so the Fight4thePJM Association was born:
• Our aims: To promote the campaign to win the right for British citizens to wear their medal.
• Our Logo: The Fight4thePJM Lapel Badge
• Our Motto: “Pingat Kami - Hak Kami” - “Our medal - Our Right”
We have a fully financed budget. We are determined that membership of this Association will not cost a veteran or any supporter any money - the mean-spirited recommendation is costing them enough already. There are no fees and no subs. We just ask for your support.
Membership: In addition to the 8 who form the nucleus of this campaign, everyone who has registered on the forum will be automatically an Associate Member - no fees, no subs, no responsibilities.
Your Team: Our Chairman is John ‘Jock’ Fenton. Our Press Officer is Gerald Law. Then there is the supporting cast of Andy Nicoll, Paul Alders, Hamish Waters, John Cooper, John Feltham, and Barry Fleming.
Most importantly, there is you. Those who support the fight for the right to wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia. Two of our team were present at the first British PJM Presentations. In our now halting Malay we were able to exchange a few memories and a few words of ‘thanks’. We now know, first hand, how the Malaysians feel about our right to wear the PJM - they simply cannot understand how civil servants are allowed to determine our rights arising from our selfless (their word) service resulting in us not being allowed to wear their medal while the Aussies and Kiwis do, with honour, and with the support of us Brits.
Over 40,000 visits to our web site. Over 1,000 Members of The Fight4thePJM. From four Continents. Two of the twelve living VCs support us (as we are told does a third but he has been as yet unable to tell us in writing - that would make two VC holders who are eligible for the PJM who support us) as do Field Marshals, Generals, and through all the ranks of servicemen and women, and civilians.
The Fight4thePJM Association has established a full-time office with three ladies willing to give up their time to ensure we do not fail - three Honorary Members. We have representatives North America, Australasia, Asia, and Europe.
So … onward. We have right on our side. We have you on our side. We have the means. We shall never give up.
From all of us at The Fight4thePJM Association HQ
We have moved on since this info was posted last year and we now have a three year budget - we hope it’s not needed, but it’s in place if it is.
Read more and add your own comments at http://www.fight4thepjm.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=575
BarryF, who fought for the Right to Wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia