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.


Wrap-up on Stamp Week 2018

Wrap-up on Stamp Week 2018

Due to exhaustion, I was asleep too early yesterday evening and did not manage to update the Stamp Week posting. So here it is for the weekend summary. Many thanks to those who contributed to the news, updates and support!

Thank you for reading! Catch you all again!



Updated 27 November 2018: The wrap-up of Stamp Week 2018

Updated 27 November 2018: The wrap-up of Stamp Week 2018

The next issue will be the Stamp Week 2018 issue with the topic Malaysian Lifestyles Series 2. The following are the products:

  1. Stamps: 60 sen x 5 designs (Kite Flying, Playing Musical Instrument, Fishing, Stamp Collecting, Inventing)
  2. Postcard (it was stated as Postal Card): RM 5 for a set of 5
  3. Empty folder: RM 6

As usual there will be 7 daily cancellations plus a cachet.

A host of activities are lined up:

12 November 2018: Launch of Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Setemku Folder set and Postal Card set

15 November 2018: Commemorative Cover issue – Malaysia Achievement in 18th Asian Games

17 November 2018: 7th Malaysia Postcrossing Meet-up in the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office Headquarters (12:00 noon onwards at Level 3, Dewan Sri Pos)

Here is the postcard design:

The postcard can be ordered from Matthew Lai KH (Facebook). The postcard was designed by @mei_amyng

I will update as the Stamp Week information as it becomes available throughout this week. Watch this page!

Updated 09 November 2018:

Today’s Media Preview was a 3 in 1. The Media Preview was attended by both Pos Malaysia and the Malaysia Walt Disney Company.

The quantities of the Stamp Week issues are:

  1. Stamps: 200,000 pieces of each design
  2. Empty Folders: 1,800 pieces
  3. Blank envelopes: 30,000 pieces
  4. Postal Cards (postcards): 5,000 pieces per design

The designer, Mr KY Lim, Reign Associates, is expected to join in the Stamp Week to autograph the issue.

If you purchase RM 80 worth of products, the purchaser will receive a limited edition cinderella (in Philatelic term, a cinderella is a Miniature Sheet without any postal value). There are only 3,000 pieces available in Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau (HQ). The design of the cinderella is from the World Post Day 2018 issue.

The cinderella is printed by Royal Joh. Enschedé. Royal Joh. Enschedé is expected to have a booth during the Stamp Week 2018.

The Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Setemku issue will also be on sale on the 12th and there will be a separate counter.

KY Lim is also invited for the 15 November 2018 issue on Asian Games to autograph the Pre-Stamped Envelopes.

On 17 November 2018, the Postcrossing Meetup will be held at Level 3, Dewan Sri Pos.

Note: Pos Malaysia clarified that a Postal Card is an official postcard issued by Pos Malaysia.

Do check out my links above to get detailed updates on the Mickey Mouse and Asian Games issues.

Look out for further updates.

Updated 12 November 2018:

The Philatelic Bureau, even though opened at 08:30 am, did not begin selling the products until 09:30 am as per the posters.

The queue was surprisingly good. However it was mainly for the Mickey Mouse products. A Chinese language newspaper mistakenly wrote 500 sets were available thus creating an artificial panic buying. The was out of stock for the day as the new stocks have not been loaded, further increasing the demand.

There was a surprise announcement of Setenant Strip Sheets. 2 different sheets were available in the morning (Ornamental Fishes and Merdeka 2018) and afternoon (Working Dogs and Kelantan Definitive).

The morning session for setenant strip sheets starts at 09:30 am until stocks are exhausted.

The afternoon session for setenant strip sheets starts at 02:00 pm until stocks are exhausted.

The counters were separated into:

1. the normal counters to sell the Stamp Week items; and

2. the Merchandise Counter which was the usual “Caring Counter” to sell Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary products and Setenant Strip sheets.

3. The regular Setem Ku Counter was selling a special Stamp Week Setem Ku sheetlet. The Sheetlets were selling at RM 18.00 (a 10% discount from the normal RM 20.00).

Each receipt of at least RM 80 is entitled to redeem a mint Cinderella. Thus customers were dividing their purchases into multiple receipts.

Mr KY Lim, Reign Associates, were on hand to autograph from about 09:00 am.

The main exhibition hall was a bit quite as the action was all in the Philatelic Bureau. There were 2 local dealers, Royal Joh. Enschedé, Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) and a Pos Malaysia counter.

Of interest is the PSM counter which was selling the blank Thailand 2018 World Stamp Exhibition covers at RM 2.00 each.

More updates along the week. I will probably just put snippets as the programme is too tight and I need to be back in my day job (which is NOT dealing in philatelic items).

Updated 13 November 2018:

Today was rather quiet. I guess many caught their mice. Anyway for those who still cannot catch a Mouse: (closed)

Most of those waiting for setenant strip sheets came between 08:30 am to 09:00 am. The Stamp Week 2018 and Mickey Folders and Pre-Stamped Postcards started selling at 09:30 am.

However the sales of setenant strips only started at close to 11:00 am. By that time, Pos Malaysia was kind enough to sell all items rather than breaking them into morning and afternoon which was a real inconvenience. This sales method of starting at 09:30 am will continue every day.

So today’s setenants are:

There were plenty to go around. Everybody went back happy.

NOTE: The ETS is NOT the overprint ETS for SODA that was out a while back!

For tomorrow, the setenant strip sheets will be:

Sales will start at 09:30 am every day.

The Mickey Mouse Folder sets were available in eziemall towards late evening:

Updated 14 November 2018:

The counters opened at 09:30 am.

There were 2 counters:

  1. Mickey Mouse and Setenants
  2. Malaysian Lifestyles Series 2
  3. Malaysian Lifestyles Series 2 Setem Ku

The Mickey Mouse Pre-Stamped Postcards were sold out at the counters. However the folders are coming out and continue to be available in eziemall. Demand is still strong.

The setenants from Monday and Tuesday were still available. These were sold AFTER the sales of today’s setenant.

Updated 15 November 2018:

The Philatelic Bureau sales started at about 09:30 am. Sales of the ASIAN Games Pre-Stamped envelopes were slow.

Most who came were looking for the setenants. Here are today’s setenant strip sheets:

Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates came slightly after 09:00 am to start his autograph session.

The sales of Mickey Folders were slowing down. The eziemall was again pending re-stocking. There were many who asked about the Pre-Stamped Postal Card set. This is really sold out.

I asked about the SODA Order for Mickey Postal Card and the answer was the order will still be accepted. I wonder how many will be successful….

Tomorrow’s setenant strip sheets will be:

Saturday’s setenants are:

Sunday’s setenants are:

See you all at 09:30 am tomorrow.

Updated 16 November 2018:

After days of almost unlimited setenants, today the Malaysia Day was limited to 3 sheets per person.

Updated 19 November 2018:

The last 2 days saw a flurry of activities and that cause a delay in updating this website. For quick news, Follow Facebook; myfdc Malaysia

Here is the round-up of the week.

On 17 November 2018, the morning queue was again for the setenant strip sheets. The sales was brisk. There was no limit and thus some dealers took in stock. Everyone could get what they wanted. The Telegraph Museum and Tourist Destinations – Sabah were the first 2 to be sold out. This was followed by the Historical Museums.

Note: I heard that Jit Sin was sold out by the end of the day but am unable to get any confirmation as I have left the place. Can anyone confirm?

7th Malaysia Postcrossing Meetup

At around noon, the 7th Malaysia Postcrossing Meetup was already underway on Level 3, Dewan Sri Pos, General Post Office, Dayabumi Complex, Kuala Lumpur. There were numerous postcard designs on sale. The “U” shaped table arrangement was conducive as it allowed postcard writing and circulation for signatures easy.


Do you see yourself or your friends in the photos?

There was a small school philatelic exhibition at the back of Dewan Sri Pos.

On 18 November 2018, the queues were significantly larger due to a late evening 17 November 2018 notice from Pos Malaysia that there will be a limit for the Blowpipe issue! So here is the opening bell picture of the long queue for the Setenant Strip Sheets on the left and those interested in getting the complete cancellations on the right.

Every queue ticket was entitled to buy 5 sheets of setenant Blowpipe with no limit to the other 2 items. However the World Post Day 2018 issue was the first to be sold out. This was soon followed by the Blowpipe close to noon.

The release of the Stamp Week 2018 setenant sheet was a great idea as it allows the creation of a complete Stamp Week 2018 setenant FDC.

Here is my creation with the limited Stamp Week 2018 Cinderella with complete week’s cancellations. If you are interested, I have a few spares for sale due to the limited number of Cinderellas. Contact:

Here is just the Cinderella on Cover:

It was an exhausting week due to the early queues for the setenant sheets. I fell asleep early and was unable to update this webpage nor reply to FB.

The process for Setenant Sheets would have been easier if it was done through a SODA order form. It was roughly the same faces every morning for the sheets with no new customers (which should have been the objective of having the stamp sheets to attract new customers).

Overall, Mickey Mouse stole the lime light as it was a really hot item and even towards the end, there were new faces walking in to look for The Mouse! This is a really good marketing tool as it achieved good promotion and attracted new faces – even if it was only for The Mouse!

What is your experience for this year’s Stamp Week? What are your ideas for future Stamp Weeks?¬†Share your ideas at the Comment section below.

Thanks for reading myfdc this week. Get ready for the State Orchid Definitive Miniature Sheets in a few weeks!

Updated 27 November 2018:

For those who missed out the 7 days cancellations, Pos Malaysia has an order form for SODA for the 7 days in 7 covers. Feel free to share the form.


Happy Stamp Week 2016!

Happy Stamp Week 2016!

Today marks the launch of the International Definitive Stamp.


The launch was held in Dewan Sri Pos on Level 3 of the Pos Malaysia HQ in Dayabumi Complex.


Queue numbers were given out at about 08:30 am in the Philatelic Bureau, which is very much appreciated. It allowed those outside to be able to come in and wait comfortably inside the Philatelic Bureau. The area was already organised for the event.

The sale only commenced after 09:30 am. At about the same time the Group Chief Executive Officer launched the stamp on Level 3. Here is the media interview session. Holding the microphone is Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, Group Chief Executive Officer. On the right of the photo, in batik, is the President of the Philatelic Society of Malaysia, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Anuar Bashah.


Stamp Week 2016

Today also marks the first day of the Stamp Week 2016. It runs from 01 Р07 October 2016. The turnout was high for collectors. To top it up, there were bus loads of students. The students were spread out all over Level 2, General Post Office area, colouring!

The first dealer to arrive was T&Y. Soon, T&Y was joined by Dreaminder, Union Philatelic and the ever present Govin’s stall were bustling with customers. PSM commanded the direct view coming out from the elevator.




Back to the Philatelic Bureau….the crowd was very much larger than usual. Even the high values did not deter¬†many buyers who came from outside of Selangor. The largest crowd was at the old stamps counter. This time, there were many blasts from the past…..except that you need to pay the 6 % GST on top of the face value for these old stamps.

A special Setemku (personalized stamp) was released for this event.



For the first time, the Setemku is cheaper than the regular stamps!!! I can get the whole set of images on a nice sheetlet at RM 21.20 (with GST)!

Did you notice the gap between ST and AMP is quite big! I only realised this when I got back home.

A light hearted cartoon postcard set of 2 was also released! As there was no notice that postcards were issued. We got wind of it from the conversation amongst the crowd.


I thought that the breakaway from the traditional formal postcards was cool. I like the design though the elder collectots think it is cartoonish. I think we are trying to appeal to the younger group. This design is suitable. The pair of postcards retails at RM 2.12 (including GST).


The stamp designer, Mr KY Lim arrive around 01:45 pm to autograph the covers, posters and whatever the customers deemed fit. I got him to autograph the Setemku cover this time as he designed the images.


Some managed to get the Group CEO, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, to autograph as well.


Normal Sheets

The normal sheets of 100 were NOT sold in the Philatelic Bureau. They are sold in our regular post offices. Being the first Saturday, the post offices are closed. However there are a few full service post offices that remain open for short duration on the first Saturday. That was quite a bit of homework before the sheets of 100s were located.

This is a sample of how a sheet of 100 looks like. I have mentioned in my previous posting that there are no “year” printed on the selvedge.


The normal stamps are a bit pale compared to the philatelic sheets of 10s. The easiest to identify is the International Stamp red background. The philatelic stamp is a sharp dark red. The normal stamp is pale red. My camera is not sharp enough but this is as close a comparison that I can provide. The back is the philatelic stamp and the from is the normal stamp.


Here is a full set of normal stamps:


Wait, there is more!

Postcrossing Meetup

The 4th Malaysia Postcrossing Meetup on Level 3 inside Dewan Sri Pos. This is the first time that I attend such an event. The participants prepared very creative postcards. Some brought huge postcards to accommodate the over 46 attendees, the largest so far in Malaysia. Everyone was busy introducing themselves and swapping postcards to autograph. I learned one important thing. Do not sign too near into the address side! I also made sure my autograph is small enough so that others have more space. I conclude that it is lots of fun. There were cover collectors coming over to get the special Postcrossing cachet. The great idea of the cachet was credited to the President of PSM.

Here is the group photo which has probably gone viral amongst the Postcrossers. They are showing 4 to signify that this is the 4th meetup. No, I am taking the picture. But I did manage to sign some postcards! Drop me a note if you receive it from your friend.


What would you do if you are Pos Malaysia at the Postcrossing event?????

Why………………….open a booth and sell postcards! The 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora & Fauna and today’s postcards were snapped up rather quickly.

The Stamp Week continued until 05:30 pm. I guess some need to be dragged out or else they will still be chopping away (pardon the local slang but we do what we do…chop stamps!).

Here is my autographed FDC with the now scarce Postcrossing cachet!


What’s Next?

The event still runs for the next 6 days. Here are things you should check out:

1. The old stocks book in the Philatelic Bureau – lots of gems to unearth.

2. The dealers’ treasure trove.

3. Setemku! Most affordable way to get all 8 images in one go! Limited too!

4. Postcards

5. Chopping!

6. Offers and freebies

7. Philatelic Talks

8. 50 sen inverted watermark (no I do not have it, but the watermark collectors have found it)

Or just visit old friends and meet new ones. Though the price is high, I think the turnout is high too.

The Philatelic Bureau will be open as usual from 09:30 am to 05:30 pm on 02 and 03 October 2016.

Our friends in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will be experiencing the same excitement x 2 on 03 October as they will get to buy both sheets of 10s and 100s at the same time unlike us who cannot buy at the same venue.

On 04 October, the rest of Malaysia’s collectors will be able to join in the fun! The Stamp Week ends on 07 October. From 04 – 07 October, the venue closes at 07:30 pm, suitable for us working folks.

Happy Stamp Week!








01 October 2016: Going International

01 October 2016: Going International

The next issue is the International Stamp issue planned on 01 October 2016.

Today is the launch of the stamps in the Philatelic Bureau in Kuala Lumpur.

This issue coincides with the Stamp Week 2016 from 01 Р07 October 2016. The Stamp Week will be held in the General Post Office, Pos Malaysia Headquarters on Level 2 and 3 starting at 09:30 am Р05:30 pm from 01 Р03 October and 09:30 am Р07:00 pm from 04 Р07 October. There will be daily cancellations during the Stamp Week 2016. In addition, there is also a Postcrossing Meetup on Level 3. The Postcrossing Meetup will have a cachet.

The International Stamp will be on sale in the Philatelic Bureau, Kuala Lumpur on 01 October 2016 starting from 09:30 am. It is also the first Saturday of the month, thus most post offices are closed. The Philatelic Bureau version are in sheets of 10 pieces.

The stamps will be on sale on 03 October in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor. The other states will see the stamps being sold on 04 October.

Here is the poster:


The philatelic stamp sheet designs are:

1. 10 sen: Festivals Рpossibly Zapin Dance, Silat, possibly Bharata Natyam, possibly Mask Dance (Mah Meri), Ngajat Dance, Sumazau Dance and Lion Dance

2. 20 sen: Local Fruits – Rambutan, Durian, Nangka and Manggis

3. 50 sen: Wildlife – Orang Utan, Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing¬†Butterfly, Tapir and Tiger

4. RM 1: Unity – Sikh, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Nyonya all around a table with some local cookies and kuih

5. RM 2: Places of Worship РPutra Mosque, Thien Hou Temple, possibly Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Christ Church in Jalan Laksamana, Melaka

6. RM 5: Our Nation – Map and Flag of Malaysia with silhouette of Petronas Twin Tower and KL Tower

7. RM 10: Flora РBunga Raya, Orchid, Morning Glory, something that looks like Jasmine and possibly Bunga Gapis  Рconfirmed it is a Bougainvillea

8. RM 20: Handicrafts – Wau, Pua Kumbu and another possibly Dayak handicraft design

The following are the quantities issued per value:

10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen: 120,000

RM 1, RM 2: 100,000

RM 5, RM 10, RM 20: 30,000

Folders: 1,500

The proposed concordant location if the above designs are correctly identified are:

01 October 2016: First Day Bureau chop

10 sen: KL, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu

20 sen: Segamat

50 sen: Gombak, Kuching and Sandakan

RM 1: Melaka

RM 2: KL, Putrajaya and Jalan Laksamana

RM 5: KL and KLCC

RM 10: Ipoh

RM 20: Kota Bharu and Kuching

Keep in mind that 01 October¬†2016 is the first Saturday and thus the post offices are closed. The normal 100 pieces sheets will then need to come out on 04 October as 02 is a Sunday (and a¬†holiday)¬†and 03 October¬†is a replacement¬†Public Holiday (except Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor which will see the stamps being sold on 03 October). The normal sheets of 100 pieces do not have “year” markings unlike the current local definitive.

Thus the first day of usage for the normal sheets of 100 will vary – 01, 03 or 04 October depending on where you are. Here are the proposed locations for normal postmarks.

First Day Usage:

20 sen: Tanjung Rambutan, Guar Chempedak and Durian Tunggal

50 sen: Taman Melawati

RM 10: Melor

A full concordant FDC for this issue is far too expensive and too complex.