Trivia: Where is Rantau Panjang of Henri Fauconnier?

Trivia: Where is Rantau Panjang of Henri Fauconnier?

The trivia has closed.

I guess now we know there are various “Rantau Panjang”s other than the famous Rantau Panjang in Kelantan (for Duty Free Shopping)!

Before I announce the result, here is a map of where Rantau Panjang is roughly location. Here are some landmarks:

1. Directly opposite Taman Perumahan Tennamaram was where the centenary event was held on 18 May 2017.

2. The oil mill is marked KKS Tennamaram.

3. Kampung Rantau Panjang is indicated on the lower right side.

4. The road to Rantau Panjang is marked “Jalan Rantau Panjang”.

Google Map it 🙂

From the description of Rantau Panjang, where Henri first planted the oil palm seedlings and built his home “Maison des Palmes“, we know it is at the “distant hills beyond the Selangor River” and it is next to the Tennamaram estate.

Thus Rantau Panjang is still in Bestari Jaya in the district of Kuala Selangor. Perhaps, someday a museum can be built on the original site and this heritage can be preserved.

Thus the closest answer is by Jason Yap who wrote: Bestari Jaya, Kuala Selangor.

Please send me your address to:

I will send you a copy of the Commemorative Souvenir Programme Booklet cancelled with the Bestari Jaya pictorial cancellation.

Thank you all for participating and reading myfdc.

Well, anyone who knows the exact place? Drop me a note. I am sure many would like to know the place.



Onwards to the Battle Sites

Onwards to the Battle Sites

Today’s stamp issue was the Battle Sites. The early birds were the regulars. The line thinned out by 9:30 am.

The designer, Mr. KY Lim arrived at 10:00 am for the autograph session. As many were still slowly sticking their stamps, the line at the autograph session was manageable even though some had quite a lot of items to be signed.


The next stop was to match the names of Kota Malawati and Bukit Kepong. Sadly the Mini Post Office in Bukit Kepong is no longer in operation. The 2 closest post offices are Labis and Pagoh and they are not exciting enough to warrant the 5 hour round trip. Next best would be…..


Then it was off to Kuala Selangor again. This time, I decided to visit the District of Kuala Selangor Museum of History. The museum is right on top of Malawati Hill near the Altingsburg Lighthouse.

The weather was fine and hot. The visibility was clear all the way across the straights of Malacca. Little wonder that this site was chosen as a fort.


This is the front of the museum building. Photography is not allowed inside the museum. The museum is air-conditioned and a nice rest from the sweltering heat outside.


Many of the images on the stamp, envelope and folders can be found around the hill. Try and see if you can identify these two photos.




Next, it was a visit to the Kuala Selangor Post Office. In my haste during my last visit (Primates issue), I forgot to take a photo that would do justice to the charming building.


Here is an assignment…where is the best match for Kota Malawati?

Happy Mooncake Festival and Happy Malaysia Day everyone!





Next issue 15 September 2016: Battle Sites

Next issue 15 September 2016: Battle Sites

The next issue will be on 15 September 2016. The media preview was held in GPO Philatelic Bureau this morning.

The issue will comprise of the following:
Stamps (not setenant):

  1. 60 sen Kota Malawati, Selangor
  2. 60 sen Kota Mat Salleh, Sabah
  3. 80 sen Kota Libau Rentap, Sarawak
  4. 80 sen Bukit Kepong, Johor

Miniature Sheet: RM 3.00 Pantai Kuala Mat Amat, Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Empty folder RM 6.00

Here is the poster:


The locations based on the nearest post offices are:

  1. Kuala Selangor
  2. Tambunan
  3. Sri Aman or Betong
  4. Pagoh (which sent support and also in Muar district) – many thanks to En. Ahmad for his research
  5. Pengkalan Chepa