Updated 30 January 2015: Malaysia Lunar New Year Greetings and Stamps

Lunar New Year Greetings

The earliest Lunar New Year (LNY) greeting by Pos Malaysia was in 1991. Pos Malaysia used postal slogans near the LNY month on the frankings for all mails. Here is an example:

1991 Slogan

In 1992, Pos Malaysia changed the corporate logo thus the franking was changed as well:

1992 Slogan

The greeting slogans continued every year until 2000 when the slogan was changed:

2000 Slogan

In 2001, the font was changed.

2001 Slogan

I found the last LNY greeting was in 2002. The envelope was also taxed due to insufficient postage.


Lunar New Year Stamps

2000 Year of the Dragon

It was also in 2000 that Pos Malaysia issued the first LNY stamp issue. It is the now famous Year of the Dragon stamps and miniature sheets. Here are the sheets:

2000 Year of the Dragon individual sheet

2000 Year of the Dragon mixed sheet

2000 Perf Sheet 1

2000 Perf Sheet 2

2000 Year of the Dragon Imperf Sheets

For the complete visual of the collection of covers check out this link: https://myfdc.wordpress.com/malaysia-first-day-covers/1991-2000/2000-2/

2001 was the Year of the Snake but for some strange reason the Snakes stamps and miniature sheet (perforated and imperforated) were issued in 2002. Missed opportunity?

2003 Year of the Goat

Pos Malaysia was back – discreetly with the Southern Serow stamps. The LNY greetings were printed at the margin. However this series was not well received.

2003 Serow 1

2003 Serow 2

2003 Year of the Goat

It was going to be a long time before anymore LNY stamps were issued.

2010 Year of the Tiger

I missed this in my initial write up. There was a tiger issue during that year and it was a joint stamp issue with Korea on “The 50th Anniversary of Malaysia – Korea Diplomatic Relations”. For visuals of the various covers check out: https://myfdc.wordpress.com/malaysia-first-day-covers/2001-2010/2010-2/


2011 Year of the Rabbit

In 2011, Pos Malaysia using the guise of Children’s Pets slipped in the Rabbit stamps in the 60 sen stamp and RM 5 miniature sheet. The initial response was poor and it was after a few weeks that non-traditional collectors realised this and started to buy the series. The FDCs ran out but the stamps can still be obtained today. Some MS can still be found.

Here is a composite FDC:


For a complete visual of the FDCs check out: https://myfdc.wordpress.com/malaysia-first-day-covers/2011-2020/2011-2/

2012 Year of the Dragon

As usual the demand in the Year of the Dragon is unusually high. Non-collectors also came in droves to snap up the series sneaked in as Legacy of the Loom.



For visuals of the overprints issued in exhibitions, check out: https://myfdc.wordpress.com/malaysia-first-day-covers/2011-2020/2012-2/

2013 Year of the Snake

This time the Year of the Snake issue is bundled into the Exotic Pets issue. The snake appears on the RM 3 and RM 5 miniature sheet. Is it going to be a trend to issue RM 3 and RM 5 miniature sheets for the LNY?

Year of the Snake Exotic Pets stamps miniature sheets poster image

2014 Year of the Horse

In the Year of the Horse, the title was aptly called Horses.


2015 Year of the Goat

In the Year of the Goat, the title of the issue was Farm Animals. This will see an expensive set of RM 3.00 and RM 15.00 Miniature Sheets! Stay tuned for the image.

Setemku Lunar New Year sheetlets

2011 Year of the Rabbit

Setemku is bolder in printing out the Lunar New Year sheetlets. The first attempt was in 2011 in the Year of the Rabbit. The original print had wrongly worded phrases but were recalled before it was sold, so no luck on unissued. Since the promotion was not enough, not many knew about this. However Setemkus are only sold for a certain period of time (unlike the normal stamps), thus you will not be able to buy these after the sales period.

2011 Setemku Year of the Rabbit

2012 Year of the Dragon

This was so hot, it was sold out on the same day as the Legacy of the Loom day of issue!

2012 Setemku Year of the Dragon

2013 Year of the Snake

This is the current issue.

2013 Setemku Year of the Snake

Thus Setemku is only 3 years in the running. There was no Setemku on 2014.

Did I miss out anything? If you have more to share, just drop me a note. Our readers will  be very happy to hear different views.



3 thoughts on “Updated 30 January 2015: Malaysia Lunar New Year Greetings and Stamps

  1. Reblogged this on myfdc and commented:

    This is my early write up on the Lunar New Year Greetings and stamps in Malaysia. While we wait for the Year of the Horse issue, here is a blast from the past…

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