This year’s stamp week will be held again in Berjaya Times Square (if Pos Malaysia do not do another last minute switch). The dates are 13 – 19 November 2013.
The theme this year is “Visit Malaysia 2014”. There will be a whopping 4 sheetlets in this issue. Each sheetlet has 6 x 60 sen stamp making a total of 24 x 60 sen stamps!
Here are the images from Pos Malaysia (subjected to changes):
NOTE: The images have been removed pending the outcome of Pos Malaysia’s investigations.
FDC (mock ups)
I have no other information on if any other items that will be made available.
My advice right now: Start saving! Plus maybe another shortage of envelopes at the stamp week site?
Updated 31 October 2013:
I have finally found the forum on the controversy over the image of a bird. Read about it here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3568016
You might want to check out the image which was claimed as the source: http://www.romyocon.net/2013/01/long-tailed-shrike-at-bacnotan-la-union.html
I would like to thank jytou for giving the heads up.
Updated 01 November 2013:
I guess this issue will be remembered for “copying” rather than anything else.
Apparently another 2 similarities have come up:
Trying spotting this: http://www.pbase.com/con_foley/2011_November
Hornbill at the bottom of the sheetlet:
Seems that the issue has spread beyond the birds, “cut and paste” is also suspected in the bat flower: http://www.dphotographer.co.uk/image/41622/bat_flower__tacca_integrifolia
and extending to insects (this is a creative flipped image – refer to the last photo in this link): http://reptil-sud-est.forumactif.org/t140-hymenopus-coronatus-mante-orchidee
and scenary (mosque): http://euroislamnews.wordpress.com/category/the-world-most-beautiful-mosques/
So all the 4 sheetlets have images that might have been taken from other sources.
Perhaps the question Pos Malaysia need to ask the designer is which one is not Photoshopped rather than trying to find out which one is Photoshopped.
The unofficial Facebook posting has removed the Birds sheetlet. Pos Malaysia has also removed the link in the official website and I believe is investigating the above.
Updated 07 November 2013:
Drafts they say…
The questions is how this became a draft if posters and banners are printed for release?
Updated 11 November 2013:
Since this issue is deferred indefinitely (well close to saying cancelled but I think it will be issued once the copyright is sorted out since the sheetlets were printed), a replacement re-issue of the 50 Years Malaysia in an overprint Miniature Sheet format will be issued. I do not have any images yet. I will load the images and any updated in this new post: https://myfdc.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/stamp-week-2013-replacement-issue/
If you have any information, just feel free to share with all readers.
Here is the notice of postponement.