Updated 26 August 2013: Happy National Day! Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan!

Here is a blast from the past. Enjoy! Selamat Hari Merdeka!
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Article back in 30 August 2012:

Merdeka!

55 years and counting. Independence Day stamp issues has always been special.

Technically 31 August was the independence day for Malaya. Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963. Thus the early stamp issues’ label on Malaysia’s Independence Day was not accurate.

Nowadays the day is known simply as Hari Kebangsaan (National Day) which is more reflective. For the first time in history 16 September 2010 was a Public Holiday to celebrate Malaysia Day! It is significant as it is an acknowledgement of the actual day Malaysia was formed. We still get to keep 31 August Public Holiday! Did you know that next year (2013) Malaysia will celebrate 50 years of formation! I am expecting quite a celebration and of course a good stamp issue.

Here are some interesting observations on National Day related stamp issues:

(1) 31 August 1957 was the first Independent Malaya stamp issue!

(2) After…

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