06 June 2017: Festival Food Series 3 – Malay Food

06 June 2017: Festival Food Series 3 – Malay Food

The response was slower for this issue. As such there were adequate stocks to go around. However, there were more interest in the Reign of the Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV setenant sheets which was released on the same day in a special counter (counter 5). At least 500 sheets were made available in the morning which is more than sufficient. I am unable to verify the quantities for the afternoon as I have left the bureau before noon.

Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates and designer for the Festival Food Series did not disappoint the fans as he arrived at about 09:00 am to start the autograph session.

Of special interest was the release of the banners to promote the next issue, Malaysian Batik, on 20 June 2017.

More on the Malaysian Batik issue in my upcoming post.

Some concordant locations for this issue are: Kajang (satay), Taman Seraya (for Hari Raya) and Sungai Buloh (for the bamboo used for lemang). Melaka Raya is another great match.


Media Preview of the Festival Food Series – Malay Food

Media Preview of the Festival Food Series – Malay Food

The media preview was held in the Philatelic Bureau Headquarters in Dayabumi, Kuala Lumpur on 02 June 2017. The session was well attended by the mainstream media.

This is the third in the series on Festival Food in Malaysia. The quantities issued are:

60 sen: 120,000 pieces (Raya Cake, Kuih Pelita, Jelly (Agar-agar))

80 sen and 90 sen: 100,000 pieces (Ketupat and Satay)

RM 5 Miniature Sheet: 30,000 pieces (Bamboo Sticky Rice (Lemang), Ketupat Palas, Rendang, Serunding)

50 sen empty envelope: 32,000 pieces (Kuih Kapit, Pineapple Tarts (Tat Nenas), Kuih Loyang (also known as Kuih Ros or Kuih Goyang), Kuih Siput, Bahulu, Arab Biscuits (Biskut Arab), Mung Bean Biscuits (Putu Kacang), Rempeyet Crackers (with peanuts and anchovies), Semperit Cookies with Batang Buruk, Kuih Bangkit and Dodol in the centre of the MS)

RM 6.00 empty folder: 1,800 pieces

All prices are before GST.

The folder will feature a die-cut traditional serving hood (tudung saji). As you can see from the picture, it has a good 3-D effect when viewed from a certain angle.

I am heading to the Ramadan Bazaar this evening for another Festival Food – Ramadan Bazaar Food for breaking of fast (berbuka puasa).




Hunger Games

Hunger Games

Yesterday was the start of the Malaysia Festival Food Series. The first in the series of 4 (at least this is what is planned out for 2017) takes a look at the Chinese food during the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival / Chinese New Year). Though there are similarities to the food in China, especially the intrinsic meaning attached to the food, Malaysian Chinese New Year food has local elements, such as Yee Sang (Lou Sang) which has gained regional recognition.

This issue saw a decent crowd. It was not at the level of the Year of the Rooster stamp issue, however the Miniature Sheet (Tray of Togetherness) saw good demand and praise. The folder was quite decent with a added die-cut that act to close the lid on the Tray of Togetherness.

Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates was on hand early to start the autograph session. Today he brought a new name seal as the original seal used during the Year of the Rooster was spoiled from over use on the day itself! You can imagine the extent of usage! Thus whoever has the original name seal from the Year of the Rooster will have a real “one day” name seal! Here he is autographing.


Some of the better concordant locations for this issue are as listed:

  1. Merlimau – from one of the origins of the name of the town – to apply lime
  2. Lubok China – the only post office with China in the name
  3. Post Offices with the name Udang (there are 2 in Malaysia) to match the Prawn on the RM 1.05 stamp
  4. Pekan Nanas (Village of Pineapples) to match the pineapple tarts

Merlimau post office is also a Philatelic Bureau branch. Here is the post office.


My adventure in search of Mandarins took me over 425 km. That certainly kept me hungry. It was well worth the adventure to make a concordant cover.

Wishing my readers celebrating the Lunar New Year, a happy, prosperous and healthy year ahead!






Start of a Malaysian Festival Buffet

Start of a Malaysian Festival Buffet

Today’s media preview was the first of a series of Malaysian Festival Food Series. The series starts off with the Chinese Food during the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival). This issue will be released on 24 January 2017. The issue is designed by KY Lim of Reign Associates.

There will be 3 stamps and a Miniature Sheet of the following values:

85 sen: Sticky Rice (Nien Gao), Mandarin Oranges

95 sen: Poon Choi, Lettuce Wraps

RM 1.05: Spring Rolls, Lotus Root Soup, Prawn and Abalone

RM 5.00 (Miniature Sheet): Tray of Togetherness featuring various cookies and preserves

An empty folder will also be available to put all the above together.

Here are the products:



  1. Stamps of each denomination: 150,000
  2. Miniature Sheet: 30,000
  3. Empty folder: 2,000
  4. Empty envelopes: 40,000

The other food in the series planned in the year are Kadazan Dusun, Dayak, Malay and Indian. Quite a buffet spread if you ask me!

Time to do my 10,000 steps.