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


Updated: Next issue 05 June 2018 Tourist Destinations – Sabah

Updated: Next issue 05 June 2018 Tourist Destinations – Sabah

The information in this article has been updated with information from the media preview held on 01 June 2018.

The next issue is planned to be released on 05 June 2018. The issue will comprise of the following designs and quantities:

  1. 60 sen stamp featuring Tun Mustapha Tower, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, North Borneo Railway Service and Sabah Tourism Board Heritage Building: 200,000 pieces
  2. 80 sen stamp featuring Mount Kinabalu, Sipadan Island, Orang Utan (Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre), Bornean Bristlehead and Corals: 200,000 pieces
  3. RM 3 MS featuring Bukit Trig (in Keningau), Keningau Oath Stone, Sabah Handicraft Centre, Cinnamon stick (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Trus Madi Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes x trusmadiensis): 25,000 pieces
  4. 50 sen blank envelope with the Orang Utan: 28,000 pieces
  5. RM 6 empty folder: 1,700 pieces

From 01 June 2018, the GST rate is set to 0% from 6%.

The stamp tabs on the stamp sheets feature various other Sabah themes.

The concordant locations are:

60 sen stamp – Kota Kinabalu

80 sen stamp – Sandakan

RM 3 – Keningau

The designer is Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates.

The good news is that the Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) orders will receive the Kota Kinabalu cancellation!

Happy holidays to Sabah, the Land Below the Wind!


ps: Homework: Why is Sabah called the Land Below the Wind?


Medicinal Plant Tour

Medicinal Plant Tour

Medicinal Plants Series 4 was one of the rare chance to get back to my philatelic tour! This time it is much simpler as there are 1 strong matching cancellation and another decent matching cancellation within reach.

I started my tour in the Ipoh General Post Office Philatelic Bureau. I was the first one of no one else that morning. The response was slow. Most came in much later after 09:00 am. In total I met 3 other buyers. There were sufficient stocks as this issue is not expected to be “hot”. My only purpose was to but the stamp issues before heading off on my journey. Many are waiting to buy the mint items from 01 June 2018 when the GST is abolished. Currently there is a GST of 6% on the philatelic items.

As mentioned in my previous posting, one of the best match is the 60 sen stamp, i.e. Changkat Jering to match with Jering. It was a pleasant drive up north. The Post Office is easily reached from the Highway turnoff from Changkat Jering toll.

The next match was Tapah Philatelic Bureau. This would be the RM 3 Miniature Sheet featuring the Petai. Petai is commonly found in the markets in the area as well as in Bidor (15 minutes away using the old trunk road). Since Tapah has the pictorial cancellation, I chose this for my miniature sheet. The miniature sheets were sold out in the Tapah Post Office.

Here is how Petai is typically sold in the market.

They are sold in a “tie” (“ikat”) at a specific price. It is definitely not cheap. Confession: I am not a fan of petai.

Due to the 2 days Public Holidays in Sarawak, it is a superb opportunity to get a matching cancellation from any Post Office in Sarawak for Engkalak which is more common in the state.

Any updates from your local post offices?



Next issue: Medicinal Plants Series 4 (17 May 2018)

Next issue: Medicinal Plants Series 4 (17 May 2018)

The next issue is on Medicinal Plants Series 4. A media preview was held in the GPO Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau Headquarters. This issue will be released on 17 May 2018.

This time the issue will comprise of:

  1. 60 sen stamp featuring Jering (Dogfruit / Archidendron jiringa)
  2. 80 sen stamp featuring Putat (Freshwater Mangrove / Barringtonia asiatica (this might be incorrect as the Freshwater Mangrove should refer to Barringtonia acutangula or Barringtonia racemosa!) *Note: Barringtonia asiatica is usually referred to as Fish Poison Tree / Sea Poison Tree
  3. RM 1 stamp featuring Engkalak (Butter Fruit / Litsea garciae)
  4. RM 3 MS featuring Petai (Bitter Bean / Parkia speciosa)
  5. 50 sen blank envelope
  6. RM 6 empty folder

Prices are before GST (6%).


Matching postmarks would be from Changkat Jering for Jering and anywhere in Sarawak (or Sabah) for Engkalak.

The quantities issued are:

  1. 200,000 pieces of each stamp design
  2. 25,000 pieces of MS
  3. 28,000 pieces of blank envelope
  4. 1,800 pieces of folder

Any experts out there to weigh in your opinion on Putat’s more accurate scientific name?


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 – 07 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 – 07 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 – 05:30 pm from 01 – 03 October and 09:30 am – 07:00 pm from 04 – 07 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 – possibly 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 – Putra 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 – Bunga Raya, Orchid, Morning Glory, something that looks like Jasmine and possibly Bunga Gapis  – confirmed 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.




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!.


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


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:


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


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:


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.