Updated: 15 January 2019 Malaysian Festivals Series 3

Updated: 15 January 2019 Malaysian Festivals Series 3

The next issue will be released on 15 January 2019. This issue will feature the Malaysian Festival Series 3.

Previous issues of the Malaysian Festivals were on  15 August 2006 and 27 September 2012.

This time the Malaysian Festival Series 3 ties in with the Lunar (Chinese) New Year celebrations. This series features the Malaysian festivals of the ethnic Chinese, Kadazan Dusun, Dayak, Malay and Indian.

The stamps and miniature sheets feature the following:

  1. Stamps: 5 designs x 60 sen with the following designs:
    • Chinese New Year (Lion Dance and Firecrackers),
    • Tadau Kaamatan (Sumazau Dance and Gong and Sompoton),
    • Gawai Festival (Ngajat Dance and Ranyai)
    • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Lemang and Dodol)
    • Deepavali (Kuthu Vilakku and Kolam)
  2. Miniature Sheet: RM 5.00 (Various festival greetings) with die cut and glitter ink
  3. Empty folder: RM 6.00
  4. Blank envelopes: 50 sen

Just a reminder: The SODA cut off date to ensure sufficient funds or updates to your order is 04 January 2019.

More updates later.

Meanwhile, the question in many collector’s mind….. how was the lunar series featured this year? The answer might crack you up and fire your collecting enthusiasm!

Updated 11 January 2019: Media Preview

Today was the media preview for this issue. I can only summarise: The special die cut with glitter Miniature Sheet is great!

Interestingly I found out that the Zodiac also applies to how the time is divided in a day! Google it. You might find something interesting! Not just the year but the time.

The brochure is also interesting with the various dates of the festivals listed making it a handy reference for our friends overseas!

So here are the products with quantities:

  1. Stamps: 200,000 pieces of each design
  2. Miniature Sheet: 25,000 pieces
  3. Blank Envelopes: 30,000 pieces
  4. Empty folders: 1,800 pieces

The above can also be bought as a folder set via Eziemall. The product is usually loaded near midnight the day before, so be cool and wait for the midnight!

The designer, Mr KY Lim (Reign Associates) will be coming over to autograph the products on the day of sale in the Philatelic Bureau HQ in the General Post Office of Kuala Lumpur.

In addition, there will also be a Special Setem Ku Greetings sheetlet to be released on the same day. Image is being finalised. I will share once Pos Malaysia releases the image.

Do look out for a special Chinese New Year franking at the main General Post Office in Kuala Lumpur. It was used last year…. perhaps again this year?

Sadly, I will not be able to join in the fun as I have a prior engagement. Do drop me a note on the response in your own location as well as the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office.

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13 November 2018 News flash: Setenant Strip Sheets

13 November 2018 News flash: Setenant Strip Sheets

Today Pos Malaysia will release the following Setenant Strips Sheets:

  1. Musical Instruments Series 2 (I think Pos Malaysia made an error on the price shown in the poster)
  2. Medicinal Plants Series 4
  3. ETS (NOT the Overprint ETS stamps setenant that was opened for SODA, this is the original ETS)

I have spares for sale in full sheets. Contact me at: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

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Updated: Media Preview for Musical Instruments of Malaysia Series 2

Updated: Media Preview for Musical Instruments of Malaysia Series 2

The next issue will be released on 10 April 2018. The theme is Musical Instruments of Malaysia Series 2. Series 1 was issued back in 07 March 1987. That is over 31 years ago! I guess you never know when the next series will be issued 🙂

This issue will comprise of 60 sen stamps (2 types) and 80 sen (2 types), a RM 5.00 Miniature Sheet (gloss varnish on the musical instruments) and a Folder. The SODA version of the FDC looks great!

The musical instruments featured are:

  1. 60 sen stamp: Sitar (200,000 pieces)
  2. 60 sen stamp: Pipa (200,000 pieces)
  3. 80 sen stamp: Sape (Sapeh) (200,000 pieces)
  4. 80 sen stamp: Sundatang (200,000 pieces)
  5. RM 5.oo MS: Ghazal troupe with Gambus, Biola (Viola), Tabla and Harmonium (25,000 pieces)
  6. 50 sen envelope: Kreb (Krem) (28,000 pieces)
  7. RM 6.00 Empty folders (1,800 pieces)

The concordant cancellations are Brickfields, Lubok China, Kuching / Miri, Kudat and Johor Bahru / Muar / Batu Pahat.

This issue is designed by Reign Associates.

Updated 06 April 2018:

A media preview was held on 06 April 2018. The additional information provided are the quantities of issue for each item which I have updated above.

Do not forget to join our bit of fun for http://www.myfdc.wordpress.com reaching 500,000 views which is anticipated mid April 2018. It is currently about 498,000 views now. Right now, there is a sale on Facebook for 50 old FDCs starting from RM 5.00 for Malaysian addresses, check them out at:

Keep a look out for campaigns on eBay soon.

I will keep you posted.

Thank you for your support.

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Zootopia

Zootopia

Yesterday saw a moderate crowd in the early morning when the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau opened. The sale was brisk and the “empty” folders were quickly sold out with only the “full” folders left. The nice surprise is that the “full” folder set’s FDCs have the special “Zoo Negara” cancellation! Not many realised this!.

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Then it was off to concordancy adventure again! First to go back to uni:

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If you have read the original posting on 12 August 2016, you would have guess where this post office is located :-).

Then it was a drive to the zoo!

Here is the stamp launch programme:

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Pos Malaysia set up a booth outside the entrance turnstiles at the Wall of Fame.

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This is much kinder than the previous launch of Panda Postcards whereby the booth was set up inside the zoo! By setting up outside the zoo, this time there were more collectors, dealers and casual visitors buying the products. Great work, I hope Pos Malaysia continue to keep this point in mind on affordable accessibility. Parked near the Pos Malaysia booth was a VVIP vehicle. Have a guess at the VVIP:

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Philatelic Society of Malaysia’s President, Dato’ Anuar Bashah was also on hand at the booth after the launch ceremony was over. He kindly arranged to have Zoo Negara address cancellation available at the Zoo Negara reception desk. This is an added bonus. This time, the cancellation is a new and neater version. The staff at the desk was also very helpful to the collectors who went there.

The booth remained open to late afternoon. It was supposed to be until 03:00 pm but reports came in that the staff did an outstanding job of waiting for some far away collectors to arrive before closing up! The lady doing the postmarking was very steady. She did a perfect job of cancelling all the covers, folders, posters, postcards and all sorts of philatelic items. Overall, the Pos Malaysia booth did a great job.

Here is a set of the official FDCs.

20160823 & Wonders of Malaysia Flora and Fauna set

There were many other creative private designs to accommodate the sheetlet. Perhaps Pos Malaysia can bring back the taller envelopes to accommodate special sheetlets. Collectors in Malaysia tend to like to create covers and this will help them put the sheetlet on cover. I made some sheetlets on plain envelope FDCs and will print a design on the plain area.

The stamp designer, Mr. KY Lim, was spotted arriving at about 2:00 pm to buy the products. He was gracious in agreeing to autograph the items on sale. An impromptu autograph session was set up at the cafeteria near the booth. Mr. Lim had earlier done an autograph session in the Philatelic Bureau. However, most of those at Zoo Negara missed the session as they left the Philatelic Bureau earlier. Here is the impromptu signing session:

20160823 Mr KY Lim Autograph Session Zoo Negara

Overall, the design is attractive and the event in Zoo Negara with the special cancellation is an added bonus. Perhaps Pos Malaysia can announce the special cancellations and the “name” on the cancellations earlier. More collectors could have made arrangements to come to the zoo for the cancellation.

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Get ready for Pandaemonium 2

Get ready for Pandaemonium 2

It seems the Panda fever is already gripping the stamp collecting circle here. The “Made in Malaysia”, baby Panda (Nuan Nuan) will have the birthday bash in the National Zoo (Zoo Negara) tomorrow (22 August 2016) including a launch event of the 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna series.

An additional personalised stamp (locally called Setemku) will also be issued and made available in the Philatelic Bureau, General Post Office (Kuala Lumpur) and Zoo Negara. The Setemku will be sold at RM 21.20 (including GST).

Here is the visual:

2016 Ready Made Setemku Panda Birthday

There will be a special “Zoo Negara” cancellation in Zoo Negara! The Pos Malaysia booth will be at the entrance (thankfully!).

Time to visit the Zoo!

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Media Preview of the 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna

Media Preview of the 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna

In today’s 10:00 am media preview, Pos Malaysia showcased the upcoming 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna.

Media Preview

This set of products is confirmed to be launched in Dataran Dato’ Ismail Hutson in Zoo Negara, the same place where the special Panda postcards were launched.

Of particular interests are the Miniature Sheets and set of 7 postcards.

Here are the preview miniature sheets:

& Wonders Panda Perf and Imperf

This is the set of 7 postcards packed into a sleeve.

7 Wonders PostcardsThe empty folder is much smaller this time to accommodate the smaller sheetlet of stamps.

7 Wonder Empty Folder

Right, how do we line up the stamps on the envelope??? This is the sample.

7 Wonders Stamps on FDC

The sheetlet will not fit into the envelope. Thus for those who collect sheetlet of cover, you are advised to prepare your own envelope. The rough size of the sheetlet is 180 mm (length) x 130 mm (height). Please allow a few more mm to cater for any variance.

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Updated with image of the poster: 23 August 2016 Seven Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna

Updated with image of the poster: 23 August 2016 Seven Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna

The next issue is planned to be released on 23 August 2016. This issue will comprise of (prices before GST):

  1. Sheetlet at the price of RM 4
  2. Miniature Sheet of RM 2 x 2 (perforated and imperforated)
  3. Empty folder RM 6
  4. Postcard set RM 7

As usual the images have not been released but this should be soon.

Updated 16 August 2016:

Here is the image of the poster.

This set will comprise of the following flora and fauna:

Sheetlet:

  1. Lesser Mouse-deer: Kancil (Tragulus kanchil)
  2. Stingless Bee: Lebah Kelulut (Meliponula ferruginea)
  3. Wild Betel: Kaduk (Piper sarmentosum)
  4. Malayan Peacock-pheasant: Merak Pongsu (Polyplectron malacense)
  5. Common Green Frog: Katak Sawah Hijau (Rana erythraea)
  6. Asiatic Softshell Turtle: Labi-labi (Amyda cartilaginea)
  7. Mahseer: Kelah (Tor tambroides)

The sheetlet is too big for the official envelope and the stamps need to be removed. The sheetlet is a peel and stick (sticker type) stamp. Thus if you want to fit in the sheetlet, you might need to bring your own larger envelope.

Miniature Sheet (perforated and imperforated) will feature Giant Panda: Panda Gergasi (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) featuring baby Nuan Nuan and the parents on the side (Xing Xing and Liang Liang).

Notice the use of the QR code on each stamp? Scan the stamp (or even the poster) and you will be directed to additional online information. This is definitely a first in Malaysian philatelic history.

UM CRYSTAL QR information site

The QR code bring you to the Universiti Malaya’s Centre of Research for Computational Sciences and Informatics in Biology, Bioindustry, Environment, Agriculture and Healthcare (CRYSTAL). This explains the UM logo on the miniature sheet and the CRYSTAL logo on the poster.

This issue coincides with the Zoo Negara Giant Panda Nuan Nuan’s birthday celebration on the same day. There will be a launching of the stamps in Zoo Negara.

Zoo Negara Giant Panda Celebration

The best locations will be Universiti Malaya and Taman Melawati.

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