Lunar New Year Greetings

One of the earliest Lunar New Year (LNY) greeting by Pos Malaysia was in 1991. Pos Malaysia used postal slogans near the LNY month on the frankings for all mails. Here is an example:

1991 Slogan

In 1992, Pos Malaysia changed the corporate logo thus the franking was changed as well:

1992 Slogan

The greeting slogans continued every year until 2000 when the slogan was changed:

2000 Slogan

In 2001, the font was changed.

2001 Slogan

I found the last LNY greeting was in 2002. The envelope was also taxed due to insufficient postage. It was an application letter to the Human Resources Department. Needless to say the applicant was not selected for the interview!


Lunar New Year Stamps

2000 Year of the Dragon

It was also in 2000 that Pos Malaysia issued the first LNY stamp issue. It is the now famous Year of the Dragon stamps and miniature sheets. Here are the sheets:

2000 Year of the Dragon individual sheet

2000 Year of the Dragon mixed sheet

2000 Perf Sheet 1

2000 Perf Sheet 2

2000 Year of the Dragon Imperf Sheets

For the complete visual of the collection of covers check out this link:

2001 was the Year of the Snake but for some strange reason the Snakes stamps and miniature sheet (perforated and imperforated) were issued in 2002. Missed opportunity?

2003 Year of the Goat

Pos Malaysia was back – discreetly with the Southern Serow stamps. The LNY greetings were printed at the margin. However this series was not well received.

2003 Serow 1

2003 Serow 2

2003 Year of the Goat

It was going to be a long time before anymore LNY stamps were issued.

2010 Year of the Tiger

I missed this in my initial write up. There was a tiger issue during that year and it was a joint stamp issue with Korea on “The 50th Anniversary of Malaysia – Korea Diplomatic Relations”. For visuals of the various covers check out:


2011 Year of the Rabbit

In 2011, Pos Malaysia using the guise of Children’s Pets slipped in the Rabbit stamps in the 60 sen stamp and RM 5 miniature sheet. The initial response was poor and it was after a few weeks that non-traditional collectors realised this and started to buy the series. The FDCs ran out but the stamps can still be obtained today. Some MS can still be found.

Here is a composite FDC:


For a complete visual of the FDCs check out:

2012 Year of the Dragon

As usual the demand in the Year of the Dragon is unusually high. Non-collectors also came in droves to snap up the series sneaked in as Legacy of the Loom.



For visuals of the overprints issued in exhibitions, check out:

2013 Year of the Snake

This time the Year of the Snake issue is bundled into the Exotic Pets issue. The snake appears on the RM 3 and RM 5 miniature sheet.

Year of the Snake Exotic Pets stamps miniature sheets poster image

2014 Year of the Horse

In the Year of the Horse, the title was aptly called Horses.


2015 Year of the Goat

In the Year of the Goat, the title of the issue was Farm Animals.

20150216 Desa Pandan KL Farm Animals

20150216 Desa Pandan KL Farm Animals MS 1

20150216 Desa Pandan KL Farm Animals MS 2

2016 Year of the Monkey

Pos Malaysia issued Primates of Malaysia Series 2 for the Lunar New Year.

20160126 Kuala Selangor Kuala Lumpur Primates Series 2

20160126 Kuala Selangor Primates Series 2

The RM 3 MS was only released to SODA account.

20160126 KL Primates Series 2 SODA MS

2017 Year of the Rooster

Pos Malaysia issued Serama Roosters for the Lunar New Year.


2018 Year of the Dog

In the Year of the Dog, Pos Malaysia issued Animal with Various Special Roles – Working Dogs.

This postal slogan was introduced in January 2018 (date unrecorded but earlier than 18 January 2018) for franked mails. This cover was franked on Chinese New Year’s eve.

2019 Year of the Pig

In the Year of the Pig, Pos Malaysia issued Malaysian Festivals Series 3.

The alternate character for “pig” was written at the top of the firecracker.

The same 2018 postal slogan was available throughout January 2019 for franked mail.

How will the lunar series continue in 2020?

2020 Year of the Rat

The 2020 series was not issued as a formal stamp programme and moved to become a Setem Ku Greetings series. This was released on 23 January 2020. Refer to the Setem Ku  Lunar New Year sheetlets section.

However on 06 February 2020, Pos Malaysia released Malaysian Calligraphy Series 2 which was originally intended to be released on 20 January 2020. This is perhaps the delayed official Lunar New Year Series.


Setem Ku Lunar New Year sheetlets

2011 Year of the Rabbit

The first attempt by Setem Ku was in 2011 in the Year of the Rabbit. The original print had wrongly worded phrases but were recalled before it was sold, so no luck on unissued. Since the promotion was not enough, not many knew about this. However Setem Kus are only sold for a certain period of time (unlike the normal stamps), thus you will not be able to buy these after the sales period.

2011 Setemku Year of the Rabbit

2012 Year of the Dragon

The Year of the Dragon Setem Ku was so hot, it was sold out on the same day as the Legacy of the Loom day of issue!

2012 Setemku Year of the Dragon

2013 Year of the Snake

A Year of the Snake Setem Ku was also issued.

2013 Setemku Year of the Snake

Thus Setem Ku was only issued for 3 consecutive years. There was no Setem Ku in 2014.

2015 Doraemon Lunar Greetings

In 2015, a Doraemon special sheetlet set was released in conjunction with the Lunar New Year. It was released after the actual Lunar New Year but before the 15th Day. It was very quickly removed from sales.


2016 Year of the Monkey

A Setem Ku was again released in 2016 for the Year of the Monkey.

20160126 Monkey Setemku FDC

2017 Year of the Rooster

The trend continued in 2017 with the Setem Ku featuring the rooster.

2018 Happy Chinese New Year

In 2018, the Setem Ku featured the Chinese New Year themed designs.


2019 Happy Chinese New Year

In 2019, the Setem Ku again featured the Chinese New Year themed designs.


2020 Year of the Rat

Pos Malaysia released the Chinese New Year Greetings Personalised Stamp Sheetlet in the new (2017) Setem Ku vertical format. In addition, there was a folder set complete with folder, envelopes and postcards for this occasion.

To be continued in 2021 ….