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”.

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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.



18 May 2017: Tracing the History of the Palm through Philately

18 May 2017: Tracing the History of the Palm through Philately

Today is the day of issue for the Centenary of the Oil Palm Industry in Malaysia. The crowd was light with mostly regulars. The day was going to be exciting when 2 previously unissued setenant strip sheets of the Malaysian Serama and Places of Worship were put on sale! The queue built up rather quickly at the setenant strip counter! The unofficial information is that only 500 sheets were on sale for each of the Malaysian Bantam and Places of Worship. 300 were snapped up in a jiffy.

At about 08:40 am, Dr Ahmad Kushairi Din, the Director General of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), and his team came to buy the full folder set!

Dr Ahmad Kushairi Din then autographed some covers for the collectors. As the day was still early, many scrambled to have their covers autographed.

Most of the covers were blank, straight from the sales counter! The autograph session was short as it ended at about 09:30 am.

The designer, Mr Jason Phang from CN Communications Network Sdn Bhd, was on hand to continue the autograph session.

It was then the start of the adventure of the day. MPOB was the main organiser for today’s event. MPOB was formed in 2000 from the merger of Palm Oil Registration and Licensing Authority (PORLA) and Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM).

PORLA was formed in 1977 and continues to be based out of Kelana Jaya under the new MPOB in Wisma Sawit.

PORIM on the other hand was formed in 1979. The research and the headquarters are still in the Bangi township. The headquarters is a sprawling complex.

The nearest post office to the MPOB headquarters is the Bandar Baru Bangi Post Office.

Kelana Jaya Post Office is the next best match as it is a stone throw away from Wisma Sawit.

The main action was in Bestari Jaya and it was a long drive. The Bestari Jaya post office is not visible from the road. It is tucked away a street hidden at the back.

The main event as mentioned in the previous article, was to be held at the Tennamaram Estate. It is actually at the Tennamaram Estate Housing and Administrative Complex.

Tennamaram Estate is the oldest commercial Oil Palm Estate. There is even a sign that proclaims this.

There are also huge maps of the layout on site.

The main event tent held over 5,000 guests! At about 04:00 pm, the Honourable Prime Minister arrived.

The back of the event tent was dedicated to the history of the planting of oil palm.

Pos Malaysia had a booth of its own. Here is the booth.

Pos Malaysia provided a special Bestari Jaya pictorial philatelic cancellation. Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) members will receive the same special cancellation.

It was soon time to go home. It was an eventful day tracing the history of oil palm and MPOB in the Klang Valley.

Team 2 is down South in the Kulai area visiting the historical areas related to FELDA.


Trivia: Henri Fauconnier stayed in Rantau Panjang. Where is Rantau Panjang? Send me your reply. The first and most accurate reply in the Comments below will receive a Commemorative Souvenir Programme Booklet cancelled with the Bestari Jaya pictorial cancellation. This trivia will close at 09:00 pm on 19 May 2017. Good luck!

Setenant strips of the Year of Rooster and Places of Worship

Setenant strips of the Year of Rooster and Places of Worship

Today, 18 May 2017, the setenant strips of the Malaysian Serama (Year of the Rooster) and Places of Worship were put on sale. There was no prior announcement.

I have some spares in case any reader is looking for the sheet.


16 May 2017 Media Preview: 100th Anniversary of the Oil Palm Industry

16 May 2017 Media Preview: 100th Anniversary of the Oil Palm Industry

Firstly I was just as confused as many others: Oil Palm or Palm Oil? Oil Palm refers to the Palm tree! Palm Oil refers to the oil from the Palm tree. So that clears up some of the confusion.

Thus the original text in the stamp schedule was more accurate as it refers to the celebration as the 100th Anniversary of the Oil Palm Industry as it is a celebration of the planting of the Oil Palm that made the industry. Here is a link to the earlier background on the centenary.

Today was the media preview of the products. As usual, it was well covered by the mainstream media.

The products and quantities to be issue are:

60 sen stamp: 250,000 pieces (various palm oil products)

80 sen stamp: 250,000 pieces (harvesting and collecting of fresh fruit bunch)

RM 1.00 stamp: 200,000 pieces (collection of fresh fruit bunch of the old era)

RM 3.00 Miniature Sheet: 25,000 pieces (fresh fruit bunch and fruitlet)

RM 6.00 Empty Folder: 2,600 pieces

RM 0.50 empty envelopes: 32,000 pieces

There will be a launching event in the Tennamaram Estate in Bestari Jaya (formerly Batang Berjuntai) by the Honourable Prime Minister in the late afternoon. Pos Malaysia will have a booth at the site offering a special cancellation with Bestari Jaya. The good news is that Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) members will also receive their FDC cancelled with the Bestari Jaya cancellation!


ps: For fans of Setem Ku, the Children’s Day Setem Ku has not been released. The upcoming Father’s Day Setem Ku has also not been confirmed. Here is the link to the original Setem Ku Stamp Issue Schedule:


Golden Jubilee of BERNAMA Setem Ku

Golden Jubilee of BERNAMA Setem Ku

The Malaysia News Agency (BERNAMA – an abbreviation of the word BErita NAsional MAlaysia) launched the 50th Anniversary of BERNAMA corporate personalised stamps (Setem Ku) on 08 May 2017. This stamp is not part of the Pos Malaysia stamp issue schedule thus it will not be supplied to the Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) members. The stamps can be bought directly from BERNAMA.

BERNAMA was set up under an Act of Parliament on 06 April 1967 (Number 19 of 1967, Pertubohan Berita Nasional Act) and was officially launched on 30 August 1967 in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of Independence by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj in Parliament. However, operations only began on 20 May 1968.

Each of the Setemku sheetlet contains 20 stamps and is sold at RM 30.00 per sheetlet. According to BERNAMA, a total of 100,000 stamps were printed (5,000 sheetlets).

The stamps can be bought on the 14th Floor of Wisma BERNAMA, 28, Jalan 1/65A, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur.

Since the stamps are available before the grand celebration on 22 May 2017, it is still possible to commemorate the event using the stamps.


Upcoming issue: 100th Anniversary of the Oil Palm Industry

Upcoming issue: 100th Anniversary of the Oil Palm Industry

The Malaysian palm oil industry turns 100 this year. The next issue will commemorate this event. The issue is expected to be released on 18 May 2017. The issue will comprise of 60 sen, 80 sen and RM 1.00 stamps, RM 3.00 Miniature Sheet and the RM 6.00 empty Folder (all prices before GST). Images will be loaded once it is officially released.

The start of the commercial planting of oil palm was in 1917 at the Tennamaram (Tanah Maran) Estate in Batang Berjuntai (now known as Bestari Jaya), Selangor. This was carried out by a French planter, Henri Fauconnier, who wrote the novel Malaisie (French name for Malaysia) which won the Prix Goncourt award in 1930. Sime Darby Bhd now owns the plantation.

Of particular interest is that there is expected to be an official launch of the centennial celebrations by the Honourable Prime Minister at the Tennamaram Estate. Thus far there is no news about stamp launch or special postmarks at the event. However, as usual, this is subjected to changes. For further details of the history of the Oil Palm and the planned event:


Greetings Setem Ku (Setem Ku Ucapan) Stamp Schedule 2017

Greetings Setem Ku (Setem Ku Ucapan) Stamp Schedule 2017

This is the first time that Pos Malaysia is launching the Greetings Setem Ku or Setem Ku Ucapan. The schedule for the year is as follows:

Take note that the date of issue is earlier than the event date. Bear in mind the schedule is subjected to changes.

This might be the start of a new collecting interest. Interested? What are your thoughts?