Will the fishes come out on 30 January 2018? Yes!, that is the information that I received. However this time there was no media preview.
The issue will feature 3 stamps and a Miniature Sheet.
- 60 sen – Harlequin Rasbora
- 60 sen – Pearl Gourami
- 60 sen – Mahseer
- RM 5 – Golden Arowana with Gold Foil effect and die cut
- RM 6 – empty folders
All prices are before GST.
The designer company is World Comms.
- Stamps: 200,000 pieces for each design
- MS: 25,000 pieces
- Blank FDC: 30,000 pieces
- Empty folders: 2,000 pieces
Updated 31 January 2018:
Yesterday saw a good response but not the sell out response like the Working Dogs issue. The focus was on the Golden Arowana and it came out tops with the die cut and Gold Foil effect! Everyone gave their two thumbs up for the MS design. The stamps were just as stunning.
Here is the scene on the opening of the Philatelic Bureau:
Mr Shahrul Izhar, the designer from World Communications Network Resources, came early to autograph the various products.
In addition, Pos Malaysia gave out packets of ang pows (Red Packets) for purchases of RM 100.
This is a very nice gesture and hopefully more can enjoy this freeby.
Some matching locations for this issue are:
- Tanjung Sepat for the Mutiara Sepat
- Locations in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Sarawak for the Mahseer.
- Simpang Ampat (Semanggol, Perak) for the Golden Arowana which is bread around Bukit Merah.
How was the response in your location?
Yesterday was the start of the Malaysia Festival Food Series. The first in the series of 4 (at least this is what is planned out for 2017) takes a look at the Chinese food during the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival / Chinese New Year). Though there are similarities to the food in China, especially the intrinsic meaning attached to the food, Malaysian Chinese New Year food has local elements, such as Yee Sang (Lou Sang) which has gained regional recognition.
This issue saw a decent crowd. It was not at the level of the Year of the Rooster stamp issue, however the Miniature Sheet (Tray of Togetherness) saw good demand and praise. The folder was quite decent with a added die-cut that act to close the lid on the Tray of Togetherness.
Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates was on hand early to start the autograph session. Today he brought a new name seal as the original seal used during the Year of the Rooster was spoiled from over use on the day itself! You can imagine the extent of usage! Thus whoever has the original name seal from the Year of the Rooster will have a real “one day” name seal! Here he is autographing.
Some of the better concordant locations for this issue are as listed:
- Merlimau – from one of the origins of the name of the town – to apply lime
- Lubok China – the only post office with China in the name
- Post Offices with the name Udang (there are 2 in Malaysia) to match the Prawn on the RM 1.05 stamp
- Pekan Nanas (Village of Pineapples) to match the pineapple tarts
Merlimau post office is also a Philatelic Bureau branch. Here is the post office.
My adventure in search of Mandarins took me over 425 km. That certainly kept me hungry. It was well worth the adventure to make a concordant cover.
Wishing my readers celebrating the Lunar New Year, a happy, prosperous and healthy year ahead!
Today’s media preview was the first of a series of Malaysian Festival Food Series. The series starts off with the Chinese Food during the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival). This issue will be released on 24 January 2017. The issue is designed by KY Lim of Reign Associates.
There will be 3 stamps and a Miniature Sheet of the following values:
85 sen: Sticky Rice (Nien Gao), Mandarin Oranges
95 sen: Poon Choi, Lettuce Wraps
RM 1.05: Spring Rolls, Lotus Root Soup, Prawn and Abalone
RM 5.00 (Miniature Sheet): Tray of Togetherness featuring various cookies and preserves
An empty folder will also be available to put all the above together.
Here are the products:
- Stamps of each denomination: 150,000
- Miniature Sheet: 30,000
- Empty folder: 2,000
- Empty envelopes: 40,000
The other food in the series planned in the year are Kadazan Dusun, Dayak, Malay and Indian. Quite a buffet spread if you ask me!
Time to do my 10,000 steps.