11 May 2019 A Philatelic Pilgrimage 2: (Homecoming) Return to Penang

11 May 2019 A Philatelic Pilgrimage 2: (Homecoming) Return to Penang

10 May 2019:

Here is the situation:

1. Date of sale moved to 11 May 2019.

2. Half a day for the pilgrimage.

This presented a new challenge of half day. How do we plan out the logistics? Where do we start?

We need help!

Let’s Assemble the old team.

Conference calls time! Frantic Friday calls to various parties. Are we good to go?

11 May 2019:

05:00 am – Thermos – check, Air Sandwich – check, lots of drinking water – check, petrol tank – full! , Touch & Go – check, vehicle – check.

06:00 am – Load up! Good to go! Beep: incoming message, Southern Team nearing rendezvous point.

The drive was dark. Traffic was light. It felt like 21 November 2016 again! We will end up in Pitt Street, Penang again!

Ah finally here!

Rendezvous complete!

It was a quick stop – chop – go!

Why not visit the temple since we are here?

Hasty discussion ensued with the locals in the post office, Waze and Google Map. Where is the temple? I might as well toss a coin…. In myfdc I trust, let’s go!

The road led into off road plantation area. Once we alighted the architecture is awesome!

Beep… message from Central Team… designer is Mr Gan.

Time to leave to the next point: Reverand R.S. Hutchings’ legacy. He left behind 3. Can you name them?

11:00 am – Penang GPO was packed. All waiting to chop – chop – chop!

Better go to Plan B.

A quick drive around the corner to my secret spot where usually there is a spot or two put me within the middle of both location. Ooops… no more stock of the “scratch and win” parking coupons. A good samaritan sold me enough for an hour! I wish we have an easier parking method, e.g. the “slot machines” that eat up your coins. It will be easier than carrying a stack of cards and sometimes only to be used once in a while in the now famous philatelic tours!

11:30 am – Picked up the items from St George’s Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre sold a set of concordant postcards which were very quickly sold out. I hope there are more stocks. In fact the cinderella was taken from an old print of the church.

Thanks Helenn! I really appreciate the assistance!

With the official private folders and covers in hand, it was a brisk walk back to the Penang General Post Office for the final touches! Enroute, stop at 7-11 for more “scratch and win” parking coupons! I really think they are “scratch or fine”!

12:30 pm – done stage 1!

Here is a comparison of the St George’s Souvenir Cover and mine (using the Pos Malaysia Cover) with the concordant Pulau Pinang cancellation (chop). Sure wished the St George’s Folder set was cancelled using the Pulau Pinang cancellation to be more meaningful (similar to the Penang Free School Bicentenary Folder set).

The St George’s folder set also includes a full sheet of St George’s stamps (with many saying it is a different shade, I think so too if you look at the above photos of the 80 sen stamp!), a mint cinderella and another Souvenir Cover with a single stamp.

It is time to take a break and head to the next stage! Beep…in coming message from someone who guided me a lot from the Central Team …. “the stamps have 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5″…. really? I was pasting according to the Price List and e-Poster! Now this is a great move as I know know we have 5 stamps in a set and I will not stick the wrong stamp. As to the order… hmm… I might not be able to follow everytime in order to be concordant!

I heard in many post offices will be still selling and cancelling on Monday. You can check it out. Certainly your second chance to get things done! Penangites might want to visit the St George’s Heritage Centre: stgeopg@yahoo.com (or buy in person).

Many thanks to various logistics team.

04:30 pm – first drop off for Stage 2.

06:30 pm – second drop off for Stage 2.

Concordanists Assemble!


ps: Philatelic Pilgrimage 1 can be relieved at: https://myfdc.me/2016/11/22/21-november-2016-a-philatelic-pilgrimage/


11 May 2019: Places of Worship Series 2

11 May 2019: Places of Worship Series 2

The next issue was announced to be on sale in all Post Offices nationwide on 11 May 2019 until the post office closing time (normally 01:00 pm). Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will sell the products on 12 May 2019.

This is a move away from the original plan to sell on Monday (13 May 2019). So do inform your friends who do not go on the internet.

The items are:

  1. Stamps 5 designs of 80 sen each (200,000 pieces per design)
  2. Empty Folder RM6.00 (1,600 pieces)
  3. Blank envelope 50 sen (27,000 pieces)

The cinderella is available in the St George’s Bicentenary folder set.

The designs feature:

  1. Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque (also called Beijing Mosque) in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan
  2. Hong San Si Temple in Kuching, Sarawak
  3. Maha Parasakthi Pachai Amman Kathirvel Murugan Temple in Taiping, Perak
  4. St George Church in Georgetown, Penang
  5. Gurdwara Sahib in Labuan, Federal Territory

The price list is as follows:

The designer is from World Communications Network Resources and will be invited to the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Headquarters for the autograph session.

To read about the St Georges Bicentenary stamp launch: https://myfdc.me/2019/04/30/11-may-2019-st-georges-bicentenary-launch/

To read about the Places of Worship Series 1: https://myfdc.me/2016/11/22/21-november-2016-a-philatelic-pilgrimage/

Stay tuned for further information.


27 – 28 April 2019: Interested in matching Frog Postcard and Personalised Stamp?

27 – 28 April 2019: Interested in matching Frog Postcard and Personalised Stamp?

While we wait for the next philatelic issue, here is an event that you can plan ahead to join this weekend! The 8th International Bornean Frog Race takes place from 27 – 28 April 2019 in the Sarawak Islamic Information Centre, Kuching, Sawarak.

The event is celebrated on the last weekend of April, since 2012, to coincide with “Save the Frogs Day”!

Here is the tentative agenda:

Here is the limited edition postcard and Personalised Stamp (Setem Ku).

Here is another goody on registration for the race:

For further information, contact: https://internationalborneanfrograce.weebly.com/contact-us.html


Pangolin and Philately (World Animal Day 2018)

Pangolin and Philately (World Animal Day 2018)

This year, the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (IBEC), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, will host an open day with a special exhibition (and postcard) on Pangolins!

Trivia: Did you know that Sarawak was the first in the world to feature a Pangolin on a stamp in 1950? Which is the stamp???

Come on over from 04 to 05 October 2018 to the exhibition from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm. The exhibition showcases the diversity of the world’s pangolins via a series of images, and includes a collection of philatelic products (including postage stamps, first-day-covers, maximum cards and postally used covers).

To date, as many as 50 countries and postal authorities have issued stamps featuring the pangolin (including Bangladesh, Belgian Congo, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Congo (Republic), Equatorial Guinea, French West Africa, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea (Republic), Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Macao, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nevis, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Rio Muni, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sarawak, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, United Nations-Geneva, United Nations-Vienna, Vietnam, North Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Getting there: http://www.unimas.my/about-unimas/visitor-s-info

Another trivia: Did you also know that last year’s amphibian exhibition (World Animal Day 2017) managed to secure the Guinness World Record? Read on: https://myfdc.me/2018/08/17/congratulations-to-a-guinness-record/

myfdc would like to thank Dr Indraneil Das and the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation for the information on this year’s IBEC Open Day. Wishing the event a great success!

By the way, did I mention there is a limited edition postcard for visitors? What are you waiting for? Make time for the event.




Next issue: 23 July 2018 Historical Museums in Malaysia

Next issue: 23 July 2018 Historical Museums in Malaysia

The next issue is planned to be released on 23 July 2018. That is just a week from the last issue (Telegraph Museum)!

This time the products are:

  1. 60 sen x 3 designs of stamps (Perak Museum, in Taiping, Sarawak Museum in Kuching and National Museum in Kuala Lumpur)
  2. RM 6.50 Miniature Sheet (Malacca History and Ethnography Museum, Admiral Cheng Ho’s Statue and Queen Victoria Fountain in Melaka) – a sandy feel on the Admiral’s statue
  3. RM 6.00 empty folder
  4. RM 1.00 x 3 postcard designs of the 3 museums in Taiping, Kuala Lumpur and Kuching
  5. 50 sen blank envelope

This issue is in conjunction with the national level International Museum Day 2018 celebrations to be held in Melaka on the same date (23 July 2018). The International Museum Day 2018 event is organised by Perbadanan Muzium Melaka (PERZIM) and runs from 21 – 28 July 2018: https://www.facebook.com/events/471492996625695/

A media preview was held on 20 July 2018 with the items showcased.

The quantities issued for the products are:

  1. 200,000 pieces of each stamp design
  2. 25,000 pieces of MS
  3. 28,000 pieces of blank envelopes
  4. 5,000 of each postcard design
  5. 1,800 pieces of empty folder

Here are additional information:

  1. There will be an on-site Pos Malaysia tent at the Declaration of Independence Memorial in Melaka old city (near Porta De Santiago).
  2. A special cancellation with the words “Muzium Setem Melaka” will be made available on 23 July 2018.
  3. The tent will start after 09:00 am.
  4. The official launch by the Tourism Minister is at 8:00 pm at night.

Advisory: Prepare your covers before heading to Melaka Old City to join the fun and do postmarking at the tent. Expect hot and crowded.

Great news for SODA again! You will receive the same Muzium Setem Melaka cancellation.

Meanwhile anyone keen on another philatelic tour up north?




08 November 2017: 150th Anniversary Sarawak State Legislative Assembly

08 November 2017: 150th Anniversary Sarawak State Legislative Assembly

The next issue is on 08 November 2017 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary Sarawak State Legislative Assembly. The products are:

1. 60 sen single stamp: 200,000 pieces

2. RM 6.00 empty folder: 2000 pieces

3. 50 sen empty envelope: 32,000 pieces

All prices are before GST.

Here is the price list by Pos Malaysia.

Matching locations are Bintulu and Kuching representing the first and current locations of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly.


The Royal Visit 2017

The Royal Visit 2017

The Royal Visit generated a number of places of interest for philately.

In the Klang Valley, a nice match would be KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), where the Royal Airforce touched down. Here it is parked on the tarmac of KLIA on 03 November 2017.

Kuala Lumpur GPO would definitely be the postmark for the visit since it is the first place of visit. 2 other Philatelic Bureau branches of interest are Medan Tuanku (roughly translated as His Highness Place) and Putrajaya (Successful Prince). Combine it as Medan Tuanku with Putrajaya will get you His Highness Prince.

Not to be missed is the designer, Mr Shahrul Izhar. Here he is patiently autographing for all the collectors.

Here is the completed FDC set for Klang Valley:

Meanwhile further North, Perak was the next stop with 3 Philatelic Bureau branches of interest, i.e. Gerik (the nearest post office to Royal Belum), Taiping (War Cemetery) and Kuala Kangsar (Istana Iskandariah). A fellow concordant FDC collector has successfully completed this leg.

The next stop would be to Sarawak and Kuching GPO would be the best match as Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and Sarawak Cultural Village.

The final leg has started as the Royal Visit concludes in the Prince of Wales Island! Well, the island is now known as Pulau Pinang (Penang). The best matches are Pulau Pinang GPO and Butterworth Post Office (Five Power Defence Agreement / Royal Malaysian Air Force Base).

This pretty much sums up the places of Philatelic postmark interest for the Royal Visit.

To follow the Royal Visit, check out this link: https://twitter.com/hashtag/royalvisitmy?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash

Anyone interesting to sell or exchange Royal Visit FDCs with concordant postmarks? Feel free to contact me.

Meanwhile, many were hoping to find the 2012 type of printing error. Hmmm…..

Keen to read the old William and Kate series of articles? Check out: https://myfdc.me/articles/royal-visit-william-and-kate-series-of-articles/