ETS in KL: Eat, Travel, Stamps

ETS in KL: Eat, Travel, Stamps

Coming to KL and want to combine sightseeing, exercise, food hunting and philately?

Read this again:


SODA Order Forms for Definitive, Thailand 2018 and Stamp Week 2018

SODA Order Forms for Definitive, Thailand 2018 and Stamp Week 2018

Here are the various SODA Order Forms:

  1. 14 States Definitive with special matching cancellations:
  2. Thailand 2018 ETS MS Overprint and Exhibition Cover:   
  3. Stamp Week 20128 with all daily cancellations on 7 covers  

Start by downloading. Then print fill and scan and email or fax.


28 November 2018: ETS MS Overprint for Thailand World Stamp Exhibition 2018

28 November 2018: ETS MS Overprint for Thailand World Stamp Exhibition 2018

Pos Malaysia will be represented by Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) for the World Stamp Exhibiton in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is held in Royal Paragon Hall 1 – 3 in downtown Bangkok. It runs from 28 November 2018 until 03 December 2018. Thailand Post is providing an exhibition cachet and daily cancellations. These are the current image available and subjected to changes.

Pos Malaysia is expected to have the exhibition cachet to complement the Exhibition Overprint MS of the ETS issue.

PSM will be selling their own envelope. There is also a proposal to pre-sell the envelope during the Stamp Week 2018. Why not drop by and have a look during Stamp Week at the PSM booth?

Here is the image with the consent to share by PSM (copyright holder of the envelope design).

The overprint MS is also expected to be on sale by the International House of Stamps in the exhibition hall.

While Pos Malaysia has not provided information on the order forms for SODA, it has been a trend that Pos Malaysia offers the overprints AFTER the exhibitions.

Updated 12 November 2018:

Philatelic Society of Malaysia was selling the blank envelopes at RM 2.00 each at the Stamp Week 2018 in their counter in the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office.

Updated 26 November 2018:

If you are interested in the Thailand 2018 commemorative stamps, you can read them at the Thailand Post Stamp Catalogue (October РDecember 2018): (pages 6 Р7).

Any readers who is visiting, I appreciate it if you can also send back news and maybe a few pictures for the readers.

I will not be attending.

Updated 27 November 2018:

Here are the SODA Order Forms for the ETS MS Overprint and ETS MS Overprint Exhibition Cover.



Cachet Hunting in Kuala Lumpur

Cachet Hunting in Kuala Lumpur

This month (November 2018), Malaysia has a few possibility for extended weekend stretched. So if you are free and would like to explore old Kuala Lumpur and enhance your first day covers (or make nicer postcards) while learning history and getting a certificate in return, read on………

Did you know that you can do all the above with the Kuala Lumpur Must Visit Attractions Trail? The trail is given on a trail card where there are 12 stops. At each stop, there is an official cachet. The cards can be obtain at the Central Market (Pasar Seni) information counter (just in front of the entrance). Central Market opens at 10:00 am.

Here is what is interesting from the first day covers’ point of view. These official cachets can match some of the recent FDCs:

  1. Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad)
  2. Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)
  3. National Textile Museum (Muzium Tekstil Negara)
  4. National Mosque (Masjid Negara)

The Central Market has a special edition 130 Years of Central Market cachet!

So go ahead:

  1. Get to have a self guided tour
  2. Get to know old Kuala Lumpur
  3. Get to enjoy the fabulous food along the trail
  4. Get to bring your family and friends along to explore
  5. Get to exercise
  6. Get to find more cachets
  7. Get to make your covers / postcards better
  8. Get to obtain a certificate!
  9. Get to do it on your leisurely time!

Once you have visited the 12 locations and cancelled the cachets on the card;

you can exchange it for a serialised certificate with your name at the Malaysia Tourism Centre.

What are you waiting for? Get moving!

Happy Holidays to all!


The Rise of Setemku (Personalised Stamps) First Day Covers

The Rise of Setemku (Personalised Stamps) First Day Covers

Of late there is a trend of private institutions and schools issuing Personalised Stamps (Setemku) to commemorate their event. This is a far simpler process than having an official stamp issue and the cost is lower to get the stamps out.

However, it is not on the mainstream and the Setemku stamps are costly. These Setemku stamps are then made into First Day Covers with a private cancellation by the said institution or school.

  1. The trend of making Setemku FDCs are not new. However the cancellation offered has been semi-official with the consent of Pos Malaysia. These are used e.g. by the Philatelic Society Malaysia for their events. The earliest was on 12 ‚Äď 16 September 2007 for the PSM 50 Years of Nationhood Through Philately Exhibition.
  2. The earliest recorded Setemku FDC with private cancellation was on 10 September 2007 for the MAWAR Silver Jubilee Celebration. However, the cancellation (cachet) hardly touches the stamp as it was not postal in nature.
  3. Subsequently Setemkus were used as FDCs for Petaling Jaya City anniversaries and 40 Years of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

A new format of Setemku using a frame was put on sale on 24 March 2017. This format makes the Setemku resemble an official stamp issue.

This was put to good use by the National Art Gallery (Balai Seni Negara) for their 60 years Anniversary to showcase 6 pieces of art on 27 August 2018. The National Art Gallery produced an envelope, a Presentation Pack and a Setemku Sheetlet Folder for the occasion. A special cancellation was also made available to cancel the stamps. Note that this is a private cancel akin to a cachet.

Subsequently a host of other Setemku FDCs are released in quick succession:

  1. 09 September 2018: Chan Wa (Seremban) School Centenary (non-frame old format) Рsingle stamp
  2. 15 September 2018: Chung Hwa (Kota Bharu) School Centenary Р3 stamps
  3. 01 October 2018: 5th Anniversary of the Tan Kah Kee Foundation – 3 stamps
  4. 05 October 2018: The Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association (Thean Hou Temple) Р4 stamps

As the release of information is via the institution, it is rather ineffective as the news do not always come to stamp collectors. In addition, some of the information is released in venacular press which further restricts the dissemination. I suppose the news must reach the correct audience. Something marketeers preach about incessantly.

If you have information of upcoming Setemku issues with First Day Covers, do drop me a note EARLIER. I will be keen to publish the news and also acquire a set for records and collection.

Setemku, whilst it is a quick way to “make your own” stamps, is still unaffordable to the mainstream collectors. In addition, the private nature does not encourage traditional collectors to move to this area. It appeals to fund raisers or those connected with the institution. I believe it is at its infancy and is catching on.

Here is a suggestion to those planning to issue Setemku, have the covers and stamps available ahead of the anniversary. This allows the Setemku to be postally cancelled on the day of the event. The private cancellation (cachet) can still be produced to match the event.



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