1998 is probably the beginning of a number of years of over issuing of covers and gimmicks. This was to be the start of the craze in Philately and also the beginning of the decline of serious Philately. However many of the issues are very memorable.
11 April 1998: Currency Heritage
This issue’s cancellation came in 2 different sizes!
Here is the cancellation from the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau counter.
Here is the cancellation from the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau SODA account division.
Here is the side by side comparison (SODA (smaller) on the left of the picture and Counter (larger) on the right of the picture).
This FDC was cancelled in Johor Bahru.
This FDC was cancelled in Kota Bharu.
27 June 1998: Opening of KLIA
Both FDCs were cancelled in KL International Airport.
11 September 1998: XVI Commonwealth Games KL 98 Opening Ceremony
The FDC was cancelled with the Perkampungan Sukan Bukit Jalil temporary Philatelic counter in the Bukit Jalil Games Village as well as the Commomwealth cachet.
This is a commemorative souvenir cover issued on the same day in a Portfolio (basically a folder with a serial number). The commemorative cover was cancelled with the Perkampungan Sukan Bukit Jalil temporary Philatelic counter in the Bukit Jalil Games Village as well as the Commomwealth cachet. There is an extra Kuala Lumpur cancellation.
This is the portfolio.
31 October 1998: Modernisation of Rail Transport
The FDC was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur and signed by the designer, PK Chuah.
This FDC was cancelled in Sentul, Pelabuhan Kelang, Rawang, Seremban and Kuala Lumpur.
14 November 1998: APEC Conference
The FDC was cancelled with both the Kuala Lumpur and APEC 98 KL cancellations on the first day of issue. The APEC Post Office was a temporary post office for the conference using the postmark APEC 98 KL.
28 November 1998: Stamp Week ’98 Insects of Malaysia
The FDC was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur along with the Stamp Week ’98 cachet. It was also signed by the designer, PK Chuah.
12 December 1998: XVI Commonwealth Games KL 98 Glorious Moments
This special folder contains 2 FDCs cancelled in Kuala Lumpur along with a Malaysia Boleh cachet. The Commonwealth Games is probably the defining event where the phrase “Malaysia Boleh” caught on. The Commonwealth Games issue is probably the second most over issued (by quantity and number of issues) in the Malaysian Philatelic history. (The most over issued is the Millennium coming in 1999!)
This is the folder.