The Wonders of Malaysian Forests issue is finally announced to be on sale on 13 May 2013 (Monday). There will be 3 designs of Miniature Sheets (RM 5 with 5 stamps in each MS). 3 types of envelopes will be issued. There will not be any loose stamp sheets.
The forests are:
1. Taman Negara
2. Royal Belum
3. Maliau Basin
It will be very hard to get concordant covers for this issue as the locations are remote unless Pos Malaysia makes a special set.
Watch out for this in World Stamp Expo 2013 in Melbourne, Australia
Incidentally this issue is released in the middle of the World Stamp Expo 2013 in Melbourne, Australia which runs from 10 – 15 May 2013. So I guess, if Pos Malaysia issues an overprint, it will be on the Lighthouse Series II Miniature Sheet since Pos Malaysia is participating: http://worldstampexpo.com.au/page.php?page=31
Any Australian collectors out there who is picking this up? I am keen to get one FDC cancelled at the exhibition site. Drop me a note if you can help me out.
Thailand 2013 World Stamp Exhibition (new information)
The 3 Miniature Sheets is planned to be the basis for the Thailand 2013 overprints! This will be really expensive. As usual, subjected to changes! The exhibition runs from 02 – 14 August 2013: http://thailand2013.com/
20 June 2013 update: The overprint on the Forest issue might not go ahead and a new MS might be chosen. Again, up in the air and awaiting a decision.
Updated 10 May 2013:
The peel and stick MS does not peel off as a whole sheet easily. Remember Upin and Ipin peel and stick MS? Same problem. So if you are really interested to have the whole MS on cover, bring glue and stick the whole MS without peeling off the sticker stamps. You have been given the heads up.
Advance order: Drop me a note if you want a set of FDC. I will stick the MS on FDC using UHU stick. 🙂
Updated 13 May 2013:
It was mayhem today with lots of spoiled covers by the dealers and collectors alike. Luckily the Pos Malaysia staff gave the tip on Friday about using glue. I used UHU Stic which will stick just a well without the awful stain. However there was an expert Pos Malaysia staff helping to stick a few covers. She coached us but not too successful since we do not have much practice.
Surprise! There was a cut version and an uncut version!!! Apparently the original uncut version is too wide for the FDC. Pos Malaysia ordered cut versions as well.
Here is a comparison of cut and uncut of the Maliau Basin MS.
Updated 16 May 2013:
Apparently the “cut” version of the Miniature Sheet will not be sold anymore over the counter. It was only for sale on the first day in order to make FDCs. Thus the Uncut version is now sold over the counter. (Uncut version is the original version. Cut version is the shortened version.)
In an possible reversal of only providing the stamps on FDC to SODA members, the bureau is preparing the MS on FDC! Here is the original posting: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=365374823574280&set=a.365374360240993.1073741827.279581452153618&type=1&theater
I guess you and I will know when we open the SODA package. However the folder set includes the stamps on FDC.
There are supposed to be spelling errors on the MS. Anyone knows about this and can share?
Updated 11 June 2013:
I would like to thank Vera for the information on the errors on the text. Here are the errors:
1. Rafflesia “azlanii” instead of the capitalized “Azlanii”.
2. Aposthrophe in “Gould’s” Sunbird instead of “Gould” Sunbird.
If there are anymore information, drop me a note. Thanks for sharing!
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