The next issue is planned on 28 June 2018. The images has been circulating in various platforms over the week. The images feature unique bridges. From the looks of it, this is probably the start of another series on “Unique Structures”.
The issue will comprise of:
- 60 sen x 2 types of stamps featuring
- Sultan Abdul Jalil Bridge, Kuala Kangsar, Perak
- Tampurali Suspension Bridge, Tampurali, Sabah
- 80 sen x 2 types of stamps featuring
- Sri Warisan Bridge, Putrajaya, Federal Territory
- Darul Hana Bridge, Kuching, Sarawak (which is also the main image of the folder)
- RM 6 empty folder
- 50 sen blank envelope featuring Sky Bridge, Langkawi, Kedah
Fortunately there is no Miniature Sheet for this issue.
ps: Which bridge is made famous in a local song?
Here is the latest Malaysia Stamp Schedule. Remember to update your own calendar.
The information in this article has been updated with information from the media preview held on 01 June 2018.
The next issue is planned to be released on 05 June 2018. The issue will comprise of the following designs and quantities:
- 60 sen stamp featuring Tun Mustapha Tower, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, North Borneo Railway Service and Sabah Tourism Board Heritage Building: 200,000 pieces
- 80 sen stamp featuring Mount Kinabalu, Sipadan Island, Orang Utan (Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre), Bornean Bristlehead and Corals: 200,000 pieces
- RM 3 MS featuring Bukit Trig (in Keningau), Keningau Oath Stone, Sabah Handicraft Centre, Cinnamon stick (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Trus Madi Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes x trusmadiensis): 25,000 pieces
- 50 sen blank envelope with the Orang Utan: 28,000 pieces
- RM 6 empty folder: 1,700 pieces
From 01 June 2018, the GST rate is set to 0% from 6%.
The stamp tabs on the stamp sheets feature various other Sabah themes.
The concordant locations are:
60 sen stamp – Kota Kinabalu
80 sen stamp – Sandakan
RM 3 – Keningau
The designer is Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates.
The good news is that the Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) orders will receive the Kota Kinabalu cancellation!
Happy holidays to Sabah, the Land Below the Wind!
ps: Homework: Why is Sabah called the Land Below the Wind?
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?
Pos Malaysia launched the Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Day Setemku (Personalised stamps) on 15 May 2018 in conjunction with the media preview of the Medicinal Plants Series 4. The Setemku sheetlet is sold at RM 20 (before GST of 6%). It is available via eziemall and in the GPO Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau Headquarters.
The next issue is on Medicinal Plants Series 4. A media preview was held in the GPO Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau Headquarters. This issue will be released on 17 May 2018.
This time the issue will comprise of:
- 60 sen stamp featuring Jering (Dogfruit / Archidendron jiringa)
- 80 sen stamp featuring Putat (Freshwater Mangrove / Barringtonia asiatica (this might be incorrect as the Freshwater Mangrove should refer to Barringtonia acutangula or Barringtonia racemosa!) *Note: Barringtonia asiatica is usually referred to as Fish Poison Tree / Sea Poison Tree
- RM 1 stamp featuring Engkalak (Butter Fruit / Litsea garciae)
- RM 3 MS featuring Petai (Bitter Bean / Parkia speciosa)
- 50 sen blank envelope
- RM 6 empty folder
Prices are before GST (6%).
Matching postmarks would be from Changkat Jering for Jering and anywhere in Sarawak (or Sabah) for Engkalak.
The quantities issued are:
- 200,000 pieces of each stamp design
- 25,000 pieces of MS
- 28,000 pieces of blank envelope
- 1,800 pieces of folder
Any experts out there to weigh in your opinion on Putat’s more accurate scientific name?
Here is the latest updated Malaysia Stamp Schedule. There are quite substantial changes and it is best you just look at the near horizon.