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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Interesting Findings on the Places of Worship Stamp Issue

Interesting Findings on the Places of Worship Stamp Issue

Here are some interesting findings from the Places of Worship stamp issue:

1. The brochure states that Perak Tong (a cave temple) is in Gunung Rapat (south of Ipoh town centre).

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In reality, Perak Tong is in Kampung Tawas, north of Ipoh town centre. Possibly, there is a confusion with Sam Poh Tong (another cave temple) which is in Gunung Rapat.

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2. There is also a constant ring flaw on all the Perak Tong sheets. Rather than trying to describe the location, here is the picture. Do not get too excited yet since this is a constant flaw. Rare will be a sheet without the flaw.

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Go check your own collection :-).

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21 November 2016: A Philatelic Pilgrimage

21 November 2016: A Philatelic Pilgrimage

06:00 am – It is time to start the long pilgrimage. Food, water, petrol, toll card, vehicle checks – all done. Ah, yes, my coffee Thermos.

08:00 am – My friend CKH, who has arrived yesterday, did a location check. One more petrol top-up to save time.

08:30 am – Number 1001 in the queue! Jalan Laksamana Post Office.

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2 pairs of hands are better than one. It was a case of chop and go!

11:10 am – Kuala Lumpur General Post Office – traffic was on our side.

Right about this time the launch event was being held at the side of the Kapitan Keling Mosque in Penang. The tents were laid out on the side entrance facing Bangunan MARA.

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A free postcard was given for the first 150 purchases. The significance of this event is that the postcard marks the 215 Years of the Kapitan Keling Mosque!

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In Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau, Mr Mohd Khir Ab Larip on hand to autograph covers at that time. Mr Mohd Khir was also the designer for the Community Postman stamp issue. He also bought 4 sets of FDCs for himself. This time he came with a new canceller complete with his name. Here he is at the autograph counter.

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The next stop, Ipoh General Post Office.

01:35 pm – Heavy rain as we pulled into the Ipoh General Post Office. Met an FB friend who is preparing for covers. Cancellation was swift. Due to the rain, there was not too many persons in the General Post Office. It was a very fast pit stop and we are off. This time petrol and a quick break. Penang here we come!

The rain was heavy and stretched all the way to Gua Tempurung before subsiding as we head further north. This made progress slow.

04:00 pm – We are finally here at the last stop! Kapitan Keling Mosque. The Pos Malaysia sales booth was at the main entrance in front of the mosque.

Here they are, the team from the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau and Pulau Pinang General Post Office.

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The First Day Cover mock up is signed by YB Dato’ Jailani.

Here is the sales counter.

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There was a special cancellation for this event. The mosque provided the mosque cachet at the postmarking counter.

Right next to the mosque is Bangunan MARA with the Bangunan MARA post office. Some collectors sent registered FDCs to themselves and their friends.

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Another important stop is the Pulau Pinang (Penang) General Post Office. After finishing this last leg, the post office was already closing. Half the shutters were already down. We met more FB friends in the Pulau Pinang GPO.

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05:30 pm – Completed and time to head home.

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08:15 pm – A well deserved rest at the hometown of my co-pilgrim. The night supper was great considering the long travel today. It was refreshing and a look at what hometowns can offer with a local guide :-).

11:00 pm – Reached the house gates. Another epic Philatelic adventure completed. Over 1,000 km travelled in 17 hours.

Acknowledgement: CKH for joining in the fun, 2 Malaccan friends, 4 KL friends and a host of kind strangers who helped out along the way. Thanks Pos Malaysia! Hope you can make postmarking of covers easier! A philatelic journey is an adventure into itself. This is where collectors can study and learn more about the stamp issue beyond the stamps.

Interested in future epic philatelic journeys? Just drop a note. You can start your own or join us.

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Next issue: 21 November 2016 Places of Worship

Next issue: 21 November 2016 Places of Worship

The next issue comprises of 5 different stamps of the 60 sen denomination. Fortunately there is no MS in this issue.

The designs are:

  1. Kapitan Keling Mosque
  2. Church of St Francis Xavier
  3. Sri Kandaswamy Temple
  4. Gurdwara Sahib Shapha
  5. Perak Tong Temple

The concordant locations are:

  1. Bangunan MARA or Pulau Pinang GPO
  2. Jalan Laksamana or Melaka GPO
  3. Brickfields or Kuala Lumpur GPO
  4. Sungai Besi or Kuala Lumpur GPO
  5. Kampung Tawas or Ipoh GPO

Here is the price list:

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Meanwhile, the blank envelopes will be on sale from 16 November 2016 (earlier) until the day of issue in all post offices. However this is the usual caveat – subjected to stock arrival. Please note!

This is a practice pre-early 1990s.

In addition, there will be a launch at the Kapitan Keling Mosque. There will be a special cancellation provided on site.

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