Today Pos Malaysia will release the following Setenant Strips Sheets:
- Musical Instruments Series 2 (I think Pos Malaysia made an error on the price shown in the poster)
- Medicinal Plants Series 4
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – December 2018): http://www.mbookstore.com/book-read/10412 (pages 6 – 7).
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.
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?
The next issue is planned to be released on 24 April 2018 with the theme of Malaysian Citrus. The issue will comprise of:
1. 3 types of 60 sen stamps featuring:
(a) Calamondin (Limau Kasturi) (Citrus microcarpa), it is also called Calamansi / Kalamansi
(b) Kaffir Lime (Limau Purut) (Citrus hystrix)
(c) Key Lime (Limau Nipis) (Citrus x aurantiifolia a citrus hybrid of Citrus micrantha x Citrus medica
2. RM 6.00 Miniature Sheet featuring the Pomelo (Limau Bali) (Citrus maxima / Citrus grandis) with a die-cut of the pomelo and gloss varnish
3. RM 6.00 empty folder
4. 50 sen empty envelope
The design is MR KY Lim from Reign Associates.
In Malaysia, pomelos are largely grown in Tambun and Ampang in Perak. There are 2 possible matching locations:
(1) Pejabat Pos Mini Taman Cempaka which is the nearest to Tambun since the Pejabat Pos Mini Tambun is closed.
(2) Pejabat Pos Kampung Rapat is nearest to the famous Hentian Limau Tambun stalls.
Thus the MS FDC will be nicely tied with a pictorial Ipoh chop and a CDS either in Kampung Rapat or Taman Cempaka.
(3) Those in the Klang Valley can also do a pseudo-concordancy with AMPANG to mimick the Ampang in Perak!
The 3 stamps will be nicely tied with Merlimau even if there is no “limau” in Merlimau!
Other than citrus, I guess you now know there is an Ampang in Perak!
Updated 20 April 2018:
Today is the media preview for the Malaysian Citrus stamp issue.
The following are the quantities for the Malaysian Citrus:
- Stamps: 200,000 pieces of each design
- MS: 25,000 pieces
- Empty Folder: 1,800 pieces
- Empty Envelope: 28,000 pieces
The MS is rather small, thus a combo FDC can be easily made.
The next issue is on the Electric Train Service provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu. The products are:
- 60 sen featuring ETS Class 91 and Ipoh Railway Station – 200,000 pieces
- 60 sen featuring ETS Class 92 and Seremban Railway Sation – 200,000 pieces
- 80 sen featuring ETS Class 93 and Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station – 200,000 pieces
- RM 6.00 MS featuring ETS Class 93 with the route (Padang Besar – Arau – Alor Setar – Sungai Petani – Parit Buntar – Taiping – Kuala Kangsar – Ipoh – Tanjung Malim – KL Sentral – Bandar Tasek Selatan – Kajang – Seremban – Pulau Sebang / Tampin – Gemas) – 30,000 pieces
- Blank envelopes – 28,000 pieces
- Empty folders with the route shown on the inside of the folder – 1,800 pieces
The Miniature Sheet is a trained shaped die-cut with spot varnish. This should appeal to the unusual stamp collector.
The designer, KY Lim from Reign Associates have been invited to autograph this issue.
Anyone interested to take the route for another epic philatelic journey?
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).
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.
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.
Go check your own collection :-).