Commemorative and Souvenir Covers

This page features commemorative covers, souvenir covers and pre-stamped envelopes (PSE) issued to commemorate an event.

16 – 18 August 1906: Agri-Horticultural Show Singapore

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23 April – October 1924: British Empire Exhibition

The colonial exhibition was officiated on 23 April 1924 in Wembley, United Kingdom. Special promotional cancels were used on mails within the British Empire. In Malaya, it was as early as 25 May 1923 in Penang. There were 2 types of cancels – the circular and the oval type used at various period in Malaya. There was also rare a roller cancellation used in Singapore from 21 August 1923 to 06 October 1923.

Circular – Kuala Lumpur (1923)

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Oval – Penang (1923)

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Oval – Penang (1924)

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Oval – Malacca (1924)

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Circular – Alor Setar, Kedah (1924)

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Circular – Muar, Johore (1924)

May – October 1925: British Empire Exhibition

The British Empire Exhibition was extended to 1925. This time the oval cancels had the “1924” removed.

Penang (1925)

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Malacca (1925)

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29 April 1942: Emperor’s Birthday

This cover was cancelled in Penang.  The commemorative cancellation is for the occasion of Tencho Setsu (Emperor Hirohito’s birthday).

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01 – 02 November 1942: Selangor Agri-Horticultural Exhibition

This cover was cancelled with the Selangor Exhibition cachet. The exhibition was held from 01 – 02 November 1942 in Kuala Lumpur.

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08 – 14 December 1942: First Anniversary of the Greater East Asia War

This cover was cancelled on the first day of the commemorative cancellation in Syonan (Singapore).

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This cover was cancelled on the last day use of the commemorative cancellation in Syonan (Singapore).

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15 February 1943: First Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore (forgery)

This is a common forgery of the first anniversary of the fall of Singapore cancelled in Malacca.

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This cover was cancelled in Seremban.

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This is an unissued Fall of Singapore Johore cancellation on  a postcard.

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29 April 1943: Emperor’s Birthday

This cover as cancelled in Penang. There is also a first day of issue (faint) cancellation on the 8 cents block of four.

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08 December 1943: Second Anniversary of the Greater East Asia War

This cover was cancelled in Kluang, Johor.

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This cover was cancelled in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

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15 February 1944: Second Anniversary of the Rebirth of Marai / Malai

This cover was cancelled in Batu Gajah, Perak.

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01 May 1944: Commemorating the 5,000,000 dollars in the Marai Postal Savings Fund

This cover was cancelled in Ipoh, Perak.

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10 – 16 October 1944: Commemorating the 10,000,000 dollars in the Marai / Malai Postal Savings Fund

This cover was cancelled in Syonan (Singapore).

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08 December 1944: Third Anniversary of the Greater East Asia War

This cover was cancelled in Syonan (Singapore).

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15 February 1945: Third Anniversary of the Rebirth of Marai / Malai

This cover was cancelled in Syonan (Singapore).

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15 July 1945: Commemorating the 500,000 Depositor in the Marai / Malai Postal Savings Fund

This cover was cancelled in Syonan (Singapore).

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03 September 1945: British Re-occupation of Penang

This cover was cancelled in what I believe is McNair Street, Penang. This is the day the British landed back in Penang.

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12 September 1945: General Pictorials Definitive used on Last Day of Occupation

This cover was cancelled in Brickfields Road, Selangor. I was finally able to determine the year as 1945. The significance was that 12 September 1945 was the day the British Military Administration was installed in Kuala Lumpur. It would technically be the last day of occupation. I arrived at the year after similar covers emerged online and one such cover had a typed description “Last Day of Japs Occupation of Malaya 12.9.45”. The position of the stamps and the cancel were similar. It would be very unlikely during an occupation to have many philatelist being able to make similar covers. This person however made quite a few and only one had the typed description.

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17 September – 19 October 1945: Free Post Period

When mail services resumed in Malaya, it was a Free Post Period (up to 1 ounce). Mail services resumed on 17 September in Singapore and Johore and 05 October (this has proved to be inaccurate from the number of actual posted covers found with earlier dates) in the rest of Malaya. On 19 October 1945, BMA overprinted stamps were made available.

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01 April 1946: Malayan Union

Malayan Union was formed on 01 April 1946 and replaced by the Federation of Malaya on 31 January 1948. A Malayan Union “Victory” omnibus stamp was printed but not issued. This cover was cancelled in Penang on the date of formation of Malayan Union.

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24 December 1946: Labuan Centenary

This cover was cancelled in Victoria, Labuan along with the commemorative cancellation VICTORIA DEC. 24TH 1846 – 1946 LABUAN on Sarawak BMA overprinted stamps.

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This cover was cancelled in Victoria, Labuan along with the commemorative cancellation VICTORIA DEC. 24TH 1846 – 1946 LABUAN on North Borneo BMA overprinted stamps.

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22 September 1951: Singapore City Day

Singapore was officially made a City of the British Commonwealth, by an official proclamation of a Royal Charter by King George VI on 22 September 1951. This is a private cover with a postal slogan Singapore City Day 22 September 1951.

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05 April 1954: HRH Queen Elizabeth II Royal Visit to Cocos Island

This cover was cancelled with Cocos Island cancellation but cancellation was actually done in Singapore. The last mail out from the island was on 04 April 1954. Read about it here.

Note: Cocos Island was then administered by Singapore.

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08 November 1955: Last Day of Administration of Cocos Island by Singapore

This cover is claimed to have been the last day of administration by Singapore postal authority. Many such covers exist and they are philatelic in nature. The actual last operation was on 20 November 1955. Cocos Island postal system was handed over to Australia postal authorities on 23 November 1955 (as Cocos Island then came under Australian administration).

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01 January 1957: Georgetown Centenary

This is a private cover with a postal slogan Municipal Act XXVII Centenary Georgetown 1st January 1957. I crossed checked that the dates and references are correct. It is postmarked 01 January 1957 Penang.

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June 1959: 100 Centenary Celebration of Kuala Lumpur

This is a private cover with a postal slogan celebrating 100 Years of Kuala Lumpur (Seratus Tahun 1859 Kuala Lumpur 1959 Centenary). I could not ascertain the actual first day of issue for this cover. Apparently there are various dates for the cover. However all the dates on the cancellations are in the month of June 1959. The earliest recorded use of the special postal slogan is on 05 June 1959. The last known date is 21 June 1959. If anyone knows the first and last day of usage of the postal slogan, please do share with us.

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19 September 1960: Opening of the Langkap Post Office

This is a FDC from the 15th Meeting of the International Rubber Study Group cancelled in Langkap along with an additional cancel stating that this was the first day of business for the new Langkap Post office. The FDC was sent via registered mail. This is one of the earliest cancels to commemorate the opening of a new post office.

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23 March 1961: World Meteorological Day

This cover is a Kuala Lumpur slogan cancellation on the World Meteorological Day.

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12 August 1961: Golden Jubilee of Champoree

This cover was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur along with the Golden Jubilee cachet. I cannot ascertain if this is the first day.

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31 August 1961: MAHA Exhibition

This cover was cancelled on the first day of the MAHA Exhibition with the Pertunjokan MAHA Kuala Lumpur cancellation. In fact MAHA is still organised today.

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30 November 1961: Opening of the Arau Post Office

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13 August 1966: Ratification of the end of Indonesian Confrontation Agreement

The Confrontation was declared on 20 January 1963. The end of the Confrontation terms was prepared in the Bangkok Agreement on 28 May 1966. However, the signing was only carried out in Jakarta on 11 August 1966 (Thursday) and ratified on 13 August 1966. This cover has an inaccurate information of 12 August as the date of signing of the agreement. It should be 11 August 1966. The cover was cancelled in Klang on 13 August 1966, ironically the date of ratification of the agreement.

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04 December 1966: First Malaysian Jamboree

This cover was cancelled on the first day of the Jamboree in Penang. There is also a cachet “Posted from the Jamboree Site”.

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07 June 1968: Opening of Tanjong Piandang Post Office

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16 December 1969: Third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

This cover was cancelled with the temporary post office ASEAN Cameron Highlands cancellation on the first day of the Third ASEAN Ministerial Meeting which was held from 16 – 17 December 1969.

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29 July 1970: Second Malaysian Jamboree

This cover was cancelled on the first day of the Jamboree in Malacca (Melaka). There is also a cachet “Jambori Malaysia Kedua Melaka” (Second Malaysian Jamboree Malacca).

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10 December 1970: Annual Malaysian Trade Exhibition

This private cover was cancelled on the first day of the Trade Fair organised by the Selangor Consumers Association. The cover was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur and includes the Trade Fair cachet.

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17 April 1972: Apollo 16 Tracking Support

This cover commemorates the tracking support provided by the Kuantan Earth Station to Apollo 16. Apollo 16 was launched on 16 April 1972 which is 17 April 1972 in Malaysia. This cover was signed by the Station Manager.

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06 December 1972: Apollo 17 Tracking Support

This cover commemorates the tracking support provided by the Kuantan Earth Satellite Station to Apollo 17. Apollo 17 was launched on 07 December 1972 which is 08 December 1972 in Malaysia. This cover was signed by the Station Manager.

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15 May 1973: Skylab Tracking Support

This cover commemorates the tracking support provided by the Kuantan Earth Satellite Station to Skylab. Skylab was launched on 14 May 1973 making it 15 May 1973 in Malaysia. The cover was signed by the Station Manager. There seems to be an error on the private cancel applied on the cover. This mission is supposed to be an unmanned mission. However the list of names from Skylab 2 are put on the cover! I have yet to come across the Skylab 2 tracking support cover. Skylab 2 was launched on 25 May 1973.

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20 September 1973: Skylab 3 Tracking Support

This cover commemorates the tracking support provided by the Kuantan Earth Satellite Station to Skylab 3. Skylab returned to Earth on 25 September 1973 thus this cover was made towards the end of the mission. This cover was signed by the Station Manager.

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11 November 1973: Titan III D Tracking Support

This cover should be referring to the Titan III D launch support. Titan III D was launched on 10 November 1973 making it 11 November 1973 in Malaysia. The cover was signed by the Station Manager.

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17 November 1973: Skylab 4 Tracking Support

This cover commemorates the tracking support provided by the Kuantan Earth Satellite Station to Skylab 4. Skylab was launched on 16 November 1973 making it 17 November 1973 in Malaysia. The cover was signed by the Station Manager.

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30 December 1975: Opening of the Butterworth Post Office

This cover was cancelled on the opening day of the Butterworth Post Office with the opening day special cancellation.

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05 March 1976: Opening of the Batu Ferringhi Post Office

This cover was cancelled on the opening day of the Batu Ferringhi Post Office.

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21 April 1976: Royal Australian Airforce (Butterworth Airbase Philatelic Group)

This is a souvenir cover cancelled with an Australian Field Post Office cancellation.

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07 June 1976: Opening of the Kluang Post Office

This cover was cancelled on the opening day of the Kluang Post Office.

19760607 Kluang Opening of New Post Office

26 July 1978: 3rd Malaysian Jamboree

This cover was cancelled on the day of issue of the Jamboree commemorative stamps. The Jamboree actually started on 24 July 1978.

19780726 Jamboree Petrajaya 4th Malaysian Scout Jamboree Sarawak

24 December 1981: IOCOM Submarine Telephone Cable

This cover is cancelled in Penaga, Penang where the Indian Ocean Commonwealth Cable system (IOCOM) connects to the Malaysian Submarine Cable Station (owned by Telekom Malaysia). This is the first submarine cable station in Peninsular Malaysia. There is a corresponding first day cover issued for the connection in Madras. If you are keen on collecting “Cable” Philately check out: http://atlantic-cable.com/stamps/Other/index4.htm

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07 April 1984: Closure of Jalan Maxwell Post Office

This cover was cancelled with the Jalan Maxwell cancellation on the last day of operation.

06 July 1984: 50th Golden District Assembly

This cover was cancelled with the 50th Golden District Assembly slogan in Ipoh.

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09 March 1985: ASEANPEX ’85

This PSE was cancelled on the first day of the exhibition with the ASEANPEX ’85 cancellation.

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22 July 1985: 5th MKSAK Malaysia Basketball Championship

This cover was cancelled in Genting Highlands and the Philatelic Bureau (Biro Peminat Setem).

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03 August 1985: The Prime Minister’s First Drive across Penang Bridge in the National Car

This cover was cancelled in Penang on 03 August 1985.

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21 October 1985: Opening of the Pengkalan Weld Post Office

This cover was cancelled on the opening day of the Pengkalan Weld Post Office.

11 August 1986: 200th Anniversary of Penang

This PSE was cancelled in Pulau Pinang.

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01 April 1987: Opening of the Paya Terubong Post Office

This cover was cancelled on the opening day of the Paya Terubong Post Office.

12 April 1987: 2nd Penang Bridge Run

This cover was cancelled in KOMTAR on the occasion of the second Penang Bridge run.

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07 – 16 August 1987: China International Consumer Fair Kuala Lumpur

This cover was cancelled with the International Consumer Fair Kuala Lumpur cachet.

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25 October 1987: Sarawak Marathon ’87 Kuching

This cover was cancelled in Kuching on the Sarawak Marathon ’87 Kuching envelope.

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24 March – 02 April 1989: MALPEX’89

This PSE was issued for the MALPEX’89 exhibition in Menara Maybank. It was cancelled with the first day of exhibition cancellation. There were 10 different daily cancellations.

19890324 Menara Maybank Kuala Lumpur MALPEX

11 May 1989: Perak Himalaya Expedition 1

This cover was cancelled in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia and Kathmandum, Nepal.

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07 – 15 July 1990: SELPEX ’90

This PSE features an unissued Selangor definitive stamp cancelled with the SELPEX ’90 cancellation. All the daily cancellations were the same except for the date.

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14 July 1990: 3rd SUKMA

This cover was cancelled 4 days earlier than the start of the 3rd SUKMA (Malaysian Games). The games started on 18 July 1990.

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15 November 1990: Selangor Scouts Jamboree

This cover was cancelled with the Selangor Scouts Jamboree cachet.

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17 August 1991: Launch of Shah Alam Orchid City

This cover was cancelled with the Orchid City cancellation in Shah Alam.

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16 November 1992: 110 Years of Batu Gajah

This cover was cancelled in Batu Gajah.

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01 March 1993: 60 Years of the Army

Even though this cover was only cancelled in Kuala Lumpur, it would be great to have the cancellation from Port Dickson where the Army was formed 60 years ago.

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The description at the back contains an error where the date of formation should have been 01 March 1933 (not 1993!). The cover was recalled due to this error.

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18 August – 07 September 1993: Trade & Development Exhibition, Sibu, Sarawak

Special cachets in Bahasa Malaysia and English were released. Image not available.

04 September 1993: World Corporate Games

The PSEs were cancelled in Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Pinang and Seremban. These are 2 out of 3 locations of the games. The third location is Port Dickson and the nearest Philatelic Bureau is in Seremban.

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19930904 Seremban World Corporate Games

There is also a discrepancy between the Bahasa Malaysia and English information on the back of the envelope.

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12 April 1994: XVI Commonwealth Games Launch of Mascot

This cover was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur along with a Launch of Mascot cachet.

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13 April 1994: XVI Commonwealth Games The Queens Baton Relay Stopover

This cover was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur along with a Baton Relay Stopover cachet.

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09 June 1994: Sukan Malaysia V Perak Darul Ridzuan

This cover was cancelled in Ipoh on the first day of Sukan Malaysia along with a Sukan Malaysia V cachet.

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16 July 1994: Official Opening of the Shah Alam Stadium

This PSE was cancelled in Shah Alam.

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09 October 1994: World Post Day

This cover was cancelled in Kuching along with the World Post Day special cancellation.

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01 December 1994: 25th Anniversary of the University of Science Malaysia

This PSE was cancelled in Pulau Pinang and Universiti Sains Pulau Pinang (the post office inside the university).

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10 August 1995: 24th Convocation Exposition of the University of Science Malaysia

The 1994 25th Anniversary of the University of Science Malaysia PSE was cancelled with Universiti Sains cancellation as well as the Ekspo Konvokesyen Ke-24 Universiti Sains Malaysia cachet.

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28 March 1998: 70 Years of the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur

This PSE was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur.

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27 July 2002: A Day with the Customer

This envelope was cancelled with the Sri Aman Sehari Bersama Pelanggan (A Day with the Customer) cancellation and autographed by Tan Sri Datuk Amar Leo Moggie, Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia.

21 September 2012: XVI Commonwealth Games KL 98 Closing Ceremony

This PSE was cancelled with the standard Upacara Penutupan (Closing Ceremony) cancellation as well as the See You in 2002 at Manchester cancellation. The rare cancellation is the KL 98 Bukit Jalil cancellation on the closing day. This is also the first time after the formation of Malaysia that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is featured in a Philatelic product.

The XVI Commonwealth Games KL 98 was a feel good event where our athletes performed very well. A day off was also declared for the nation to celebrate the success!

09 October 1998: World Post Day

This PSE was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur and was signed by PK Chuah (the designer).

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05 December 1998: 50th Anniversary of Malaysian Youth Council

This PSE was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur.

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08 May 1999: International Red Cross Red Crescent Millennium Year

This PSE was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur.

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02 February 2000: Proclamation of the City Status of Kota Kinabalu

These PSEs were cancelled in Kota Kinabalu. The PSE was very limited and even in the year of release, the price shot up to double digit.

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25 May 2000: SUKMA VIII Pulau Pinang

These PSEs were cancelled in Pulau Pinang.

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08 October 2000: 70 Years of the Rotary Club of Penang

These PSE was cancelled in Pulau Pinang.

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This is a leaflet released by the Rotary Club of Penang.

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21 October 2000: Rotary Club of Greentown, Ipoh

The original PSE issued in 1998 was cancelled with the Rotary Club Greentown Ipoh cachets.

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18 November 2000: The Royal Gallery

These PSEs were cancelled in Shah Alam and Kelang.

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18 November 2000: 5th Men’s World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships

This cover was cancelled in Dewan Pay Fong, Melaka. It is a private souvenir cover.

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09 August 2002: Board of Engineers Malaysia

This PSE was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur along with the Board of Engineers Malaysia’s counter “Terima” (received) cancellation.

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31 August 2002: Merdeka Special Exhibition Sarikei

A commemorative special cancellation was issued for the “Keranamu Malaysia” Sarawak Level Celebration in Sarikei.

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22 October 2002: Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia

This PSE was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur.

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14 June 2004: Official Opening of the Batu Gajah Post Office

This cover was cancelled with the Batu Gajah cancellations.

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24 June 2006: 6th Anniversary of Jonker Walk, Malacca

This cover was cancelled in Melaka along with the 6th Anniversary of Jonker Walk cachet. The cover was signed by Dr Gan Boon Leong (a famous bodybuilder and the person credited with the idea to start Jonker Walk) and his son, Gan Tian Loo.

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10 September 2007: MAWAR Silver Jubilee Celebration

This cover was cancelled with the MAWAR Silver Jubilee cachet from Plaza Pelangi, Johor.

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21 April 2008: XXIX Olympiad Malaysia Leg of the Torch Relay

This cover was cancelled in Sentul and includes a Torch Relay cachet.

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31 May 2009: 35th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China

This PSE was cancelled in Putrajaya.

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This is the joint issue from Pos Malaysia. The joint cover was cancelled in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

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This is the joint issue from China Post. The joint cover was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

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09 June 2009: 10th Anniversary of Jonker Walk Melaka

This cover was cancelled in Melaka.

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04 February 2010: 1 Malaysia Setemku Special Issue

This FDC was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur. This was the first print of the 1 Malaysia Setemku special issue.

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18 May 2010: 40 Years National University of Malaysia

These set of 3 covers were cancelled with a private cancellation and produced by the university.

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02 August 2010: 2nd International Firefly Symposium

This FDC was cancelled in Kuala Lumpur on 10 May 2010 with an additional cachet issued for the 2nd International Firefly Symposium held in Holiday Villa, Subang from 02 – 05 August 2010.. There was no announcement thus not many with the cachet was made.

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12 March 2011: Opening of the Pulau Besar Museum

This cover was cancelled with the Muzium Pulau Besar Melaka cancellation.

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12 March 2011: 36th Kiwanis Asia Pacific Convention

This cover was cancelled in the Philatelic Bureau in Kuala Lumpur along with a Kiwanis Club of Klang cachet. The date is the last day of the Kiwanis 36th Asia Pacific Convention held on 11 – 12 March 2011 in Melaka. It was issued to support the ELIMINATE programme (Eliminate Maternal / Neonatal Tetanus).

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20 June 2011: 5th Anniversary of Petaling Jaya City

This cover was cancelled with a Bandaraya Petaling Jaya cachet. It is a private cover produced by Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (Petaling Jaya City Council).

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23 – 27 May 2012: National Youth Day 2012

This cover was cancelled with the Himpunan Jutaan Belia Putrajaya Hari Belia Negara 2012 (Gathering of Millions of Youth Putrajaya National Youth Day 2012) cancellation.

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15 August 2013: China – ASEAN EXPO

This cover is cancelled in China and Kuala Lumpur. It celebrates 10 years of the China – ASEAN EXPO (CAEXPO).

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14 February 2014: Valentine’s Day

This is a private cover to celebrate both the western Valentine’s Day and the 15th night of the new lunar year which is celebrated in the Chinese community as the equivalent of Valentine’s Day. This overlap occurs once every 19 years!

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26 April 2014: President Barack Obama’s Visit to Malaysia

This Pre-Stamped Envelope (PSE) was cancelled with the special commemorative cancellation as well as the Biro Filateli Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau) cancellation (first day of visit – 26 April 2014) and Putrajaya (last day of visit – 28 April 2014). The image of the “stamp” is Perdana Putra which is the office complex of the Prime Minister. The post office is located inside the complex.

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31 May 2014: Malaysia – China 40th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations

This Pre-Stamped Envelope (PSE) was cancelled in Putrajaya.

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This PSE was cancelled with the Pusat Mel Kerajaan Putrajaya (Putrajaya Government Mail Centre) machine cancellation on 02 June 2014 (first day of sale) as well as the special commemorative cancellation.

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Here is the commemorative cover issued by China Post and cancelled with China.

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 09 October 2014: Road Tour Philately Southern 2014

This cover was issued as an event cover by Pos Malaysia Melaka and cancelled on the one day event held in conjunction with World Post Day 2014 in Muzium Rakyat, Melaka.

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28 October 2014: Centenary of the Battle of Penang in World War 1

This cancellation was made available in the Penang General Post Office on the anniversary of the Battle of Penang in which a German cruiser SMS Emden sank a Russian cruiser Zhemchug and French destroyer Mousquet. No official envelopes were issued.

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16 February 2015: Mount Kinabalu cachet

This is the first day if use of the Mount Kinabalu cachet from the highest post box (4095.2 m above sea level) in Malaysia. The mail is processed through Ranau. The address of this envelope has been erased. There was a launch event with a special postmark on 14 February 2015 (Saturday).

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17 March 2015: The 13th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition LIMA ’15

This Pre-Stamped Envelope (PSE) was cancelled in Kompleks LADA (Langkawi Development Authority) and Langkawi.

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This Pre-Stamped Envelope (PSE) was cancelled in Padang Mat Sirat (location of the exhibition airfield) and Langkawi.

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03 September 2015: Giant Panda 9th Birthday Celebration

These covers were cancelled in Zoo Negara (National Zoo) and Taman Melawati (the post office closest to the Zoo). A special commemorative cancellation was released along with a pair of personalised stamps (Setemku).

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28 March 2016: Closure of Carrefour Post Office

This cover was cancelled with the Carrefour cancellation on the last day of operation. The cover is also signed by the postmaster.

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10 April 2016: Tanjung Piai cachet

A cachet was launched together with an official postcard on 10 April 2016 to mark the southernmost post box on continental Asia.

This is the official pre-stamped postcard along with the cachet.

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This is a posted cover on the first week of use (3rd day).

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21 August 2016: Sultan Iskandar Marine Park cachet

A cachet was launched together with an official postcard on 21 August 2016 for the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park.

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This is the official pre-stamped postcard along with the cachet. This is the landbased postbox.

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22 August 2016: Sultan Iskandar Marine Park Underwater Royal Post Box

The same cachet was used on a special waterproof postcard. This postcard was meant for the first underwater Royal post box.

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06 October 2016: Stamp and Philatelic Club (Kelab Setem dan Filateli) Day

This cover was affixed with the KESEF Setemku and cancelled on the KESEF Day during Stamp Week 2016.

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13 November 2016: LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort Advertisement Booklet Launch

A launch was held in Johor Bahru General Post Office for the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort advertisement booklet. LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is located in Nusajaya, Johor. This cover was cancelled on the day of launch in Johor Bahru and Nusajaya on the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort envelope.

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16 December 2016: Opening of MRT Phase 1 (Sungai Buloh – Semantan)

This cover was cancelled in Sungai Buloh on the opening day of the MRT Phase 1.

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10 thoughts on “Commemorative and Souvenir Covers

  1. I find your site very interesting from the point of view that I have a small collection of Malaya/Malaysia FDC’s which were sent to me in the UK when I was younger. They date from about 1959 through to about 1972. I notice whilst perusing your site that I am in possession of some of the FDC’s. I am not a collector and would respectively seek your advice on how to assess and possibly sell these items. I do not quite understand the FDC Cancellation issue but would be grateful for any assistance. Most of the FDC’s are in reasonable condition and bear the address of my relative who then forwarded them to me. Some were sent direct to me in the UK. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

    • Hi Alan,

      Most prefer to sell piece by piece or a whole lot on eBay. There are some special cancels issued during that period (featured on the myfdc site). They typically command a much higher premium to a normal FDC.

      If you find any of those that has similar features to those on this site, I can advise on the typical pricing.

      If you have specific questions on any of your pieces, my philatelic email is sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

      sky52200

  2. Hi sky52200,
    nice to read through your descriptions on the displayed FDCs.
    are you happened to be from Penang?
    if yes, would like to invite to join Penang stamp club? our members will benefit from your knowledge on philately.

    • Hi Dr Goh,

      I am currently based in KL. My knowledge is very much only confined to first day covers.

      I do drop by the Penang philatelic website. I enjoyed the news and activities there.

      Do give suggestions on improvement and keep collecting 🙂

      sky52200

  3. Hi,I saw the private cover on 14 February 2014: Valentine’s Day,which was cancelled in Sungai Petani.
    I presumed it was from Sungai Petani.
    Am I right?If yes,may I know more about this cover as I am currently in Sungai Petani.
    Thank you.

  4. Hi,

    I have a similar cover as the one you shown on the free post period after war. Mine is to England. One special thing is there is a postage paid datestamp on it. I thought postage is suppose to be free? What is your view on this? Thanks

    • Hi KH,

      Yes the postage is “free”. There are some covers postmarked with postage paid (usually in red). These covers are philatelic in nature and made by the same person (marked as I IT, Jelutong Road with some covers having Jelutong Road cancelled out to Tanjong Bungah). Many of the covers were sent back to UK stamp dealers including Stanley Gibbons. Today these covers are bidded to unreasonable highs usually due to joy bidders and deep pocket collectors who is really buying duplicates. The genuine postally used covers are few and harder to come by. Anyway these philatelic covers look nicer.

      Hope this helps.

      sky52200

  5. Greetings! The posts I see lead me to wonder if this is still an active connection, but, in the hope that it is, I leave this question. I have a postal card with a Japanese pre-printed stamp plus an additional 1c gray green N35 (I think) plus a Malaya 3 cts. overprint on SG J290 (I think). All of these are cancelled with what, according to the back of the card, is a special cancellation [which you show on your 15 February 1944: Second Anniversary of the Rebirth of Marai / Malai entry above, or so it appears to me]. The message reads as follows: A post card issued by the Japanese during their occupation in Malaya. Special cachet reads: “To commemorate the Second Anniversary of the Greater Eastern Asia War.” Dated 2603.12.8 at SYONAN which is the Japanese name for Singapore. I cannot find this anywhere. Can you help me? I would be happy to send a scan of the item.

    • Hi Glenn,

      Thanks for the scan email. There was only a special cachet issued to commemorate the event. Your postmark is Singapore Central Post Office (Syonan Chuo). The Japanese call the General Post Office as Central Post Office.

      The card is a common pre-stamped postcard. The philatelist added the stamps and postmarked it with the descriptions on the back. It is a common philatelic item but still worth a tidy bit.

      Since the myfdc site is solely for first day covers and commemorative covers, I do not include any postcards.

      Hope the above helps.

      Warm regards

      sky52200

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