Here’s the news on the opening of the World Scout Bureau in Kuala Lumpur. The opening ceremony will be held on 18 June 2014 at the new office on the 17th Floor, Menara Sentral Vista, 150 Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur. The grand opening is planned to be opened by the Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, our Prime Minister at 03:00 pm. Entrance is via invitation only.
That explains why the stamps are sold on 19 June 2014, i.e. after the launch. This issue was planned with the following denominations: 30 sen, 50 sen and 60 sen stamps. This is rather affordable compared to the last few issues. Fortunately there are no miniature sheets. Images have yet to be approved for release.
Update 17 June 2014:
Here is the poster.
By the way, for those still searching where is the place, it is behind YMCA. Spanking new empty building at the intersection after YMCA. You can’t miss it.
A nice cancellation will be Jalan Brickfields. As I understand it, there is no special launch cancellation. It will be the Kuala Lumpur cancellation as per the poster. It would have been nice like the Rumah B-P cancel a few years back.
Updated 18 June 2014:
Large scout troop, police presence and a Setemku is all that I can sum up. Here are pictures of Sentral Vista and the scouts around the area.
This is the building apex that is featured on the 60 sen stamp.
Oh, yes the most important item for philatelists, Pos Malaysia booth.
The commemorative stamps were not released. Seems like the Next Day Cover policy is now extended to the launch day :-).
Pos Malaysia however prepared a special Setemku for the launch. The response was quite good judging by the number of persons with copies of the Setemku.
I am not a fan of Setemku. Here is one piece I have on bid:
Stay tuned for the Next Day Cover coverage tomorrow.
Updated 19 June 2014:
The sales was slow today. Only the regulars were around. Speculators were clearly missing. Pasted on the glass entrance and the sales windows was the announcement of the Next Day Covers for klia2 and the 40 Years of Reign of KDYMM Sultan of Pahang issues.
I managed to get a proper cancellation with both Kuala Lumpur and Brickfields. The World Scout Bureau was extremely quiet with some meetings going on. The building is quite vacant. Lifts have security card access to prevent outsiders from getting up. Security was good enough to escort visitors to the lift and get them to the correct floor after registration.
Here is the concordant cover:
My second last batch: http://www.ebay.com.my/itm/Brickfields-World-Scout-Bureau-Kuala-Lumpur-Malaysia-First-Day-Cover-FDC-2014-MY-/261509957028?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_207&hash=item3ce33545a4
Stay tuned to see if klia2 gets the stamp of approval from Pos Malaysia eventually.
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