The morning saw a beeline that stretched to the ATM machine at the end of the corridor. I am not sure if it was the interest for Malaysian Batik or the Chung Ling setenant release.
Counter 5 was the busy counter with almost all in the queue aiming for Chung Ling setenants. Most were armed with their friends’ friends’ friends’ orders and that created the unhappiness when it was sold out as the quantities were limited. It was the reverse for the Penang Free School and the Malaysian Currency Series 2 uncut sheets. There were more than sufficient especially the Malaysian Currency Series 2.
What really happened? I doubt anyone will have the real perspective – could it be the quantities were misconstrued, the allocation method, the really high demand and so one. Are there any balance stocks? More questions than answers.
The method of sale of the balance setenant sheets will require a re-look. It is hard for the out of Klang Valley collectors to come and queue. It is also hard for the Klang Valley folks to always come during the issue day to buy the setenants. Perhaps when the setenants become a standing order, then the demand will drop as many of the demand is investment in nature.
Meanwhile back to the Malaysian Batik issue (which is the main topic of the day), Mr Mohd Rizal bin Jasman (Reyzal Jasman) and Mr KY Lim came to autograph the various FDCs, Folders, Posters and Leaflets. They were patient and obliged to photo sessions with those who made the request. Here they are at the autograph session.
Meanwhile, the Father’s Day Setem Ku was also released at the Philatelic Bureau this morning. It was quite a rush to get it. This Setem Ku was overshadowed by the Malaysian Batik and the setenant sheet sales.
Incidentally today is also the Malaysian Airlines First Flight to Wuhan. Just a note for aviation cover enthusiast.