Malaysian Batik Issue and the Additional Stamp Issues

Malaysian Batik Issue and the Additional Stamp Issues

The morning saw a beeline that stretched to the ATM machine at the end of the corridor. I am not sure if it was the interest for Malaysian Batik or the Chung Ling setenant release.

Counter 5 was the busy counter with almost all in the queue aiming for Chung Ling setenants. Most were armed with their friends’ friends’ friends’ orders and that created the unhappiness when it was sold out as the quantities were limited. It was the reverse for the Penang Free School and the Malaysian Currency Series 2 uncut sheets. There were more than sufficient especially the Malaysian Currency Series 2.

What really happened? I doubt anyone will have the real perspective – could it be the quantities were misconstrued, the allocation method, the really high demand and so one. Are there any balance stocks? More questions than answers.

The method of sale of the balance setenant sheets will require a re-look. It is hard for the out of Klang Valley collectors to come and queue. It is also hard for the Klang Valley folks to always come during the issue day to buy the setenants. Perhaps when the setenants become a standing order, then the demand will drop as many of the demand is investment in nature.

Meanwhile back to the Malaysian Batik issue (which is the main topic of the day), Mr Mohd Rizal bin Jasman (Reyzal Jasman) and Mr KY Lim came to autograph the various FDCs, Folders, Posters and Leaflets. They were patient and obliged to photo sessions with those who made the request. Here they are at the autograph session.

Meanwhile, the Father’s Day Setem Ku was also released at the Philatelic Bureau this morning. It was quite a rush to get it. This Setem Ku was overshadowed by the Malaysian Batik and the setenant sheet sales.

Incidentally today is also the Malaysian Airlines First Flight to Wuhan. Just a note for aviation cover enthusiast.


Malaysian Batik Media Preview

Malaysian Batik Media Preview

A media preview was held on 16 June 2017 for the Malaysian Batik issue on 20 June 2017.

The original batik cloth used for the design of the stamps were also on display. The batik designs were created by the Piala Sri Endon Batik Competition 2004 winner, Mr Mohd Rizal bin Jasman (Reyzal Jasman). The final stamp design is by Reign Associates.

The quantities produced are:

60 sen setenant stamps: 244,000 pieces

80 sen and 90 sen setenant stamps: 204,000 pieces of each denomination

Miniature Sheet: 30,000 pieces

Envelopes: 32,000 pieces

Empty folders: 1,800 pieces

Here are the products:

For detailed images, check out myfdc’s Facebook page at:



13 June 2017: Updated Malaysia Stamp Schedule

13 June 2017: Updated Malaysia Stamp Schedule

Here is the latest updated Malaysia Stamp Schedule as at 13 June 2017. Time to update your calendar again.


Next issue: Malaysian Batik

Next issue: Malaysian Batik

The next issue is planned to be released on 20 June 2017 with the theme of Malaysian Batik. Malaysian Batik is usually associated with the East Coast states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

This issue is designed by Reign Associates and Mr KY Lim is invited to autograph in the morning of the day of issue.

The issue will feature the following:

Setenant stamp pairs with various types of Batik techniques:

60 sen: Block Batik

80 sen: Canting Batik

90 sen: Tie and Dye Batik

Miniature Sheet featuring Blocks used in Batik making:

RM 3 x 2 in a single MS: Metal Block and Wood Block

The MS will have hot foil stamping and embossing special effect.

Empty folder at RM 6.00.

All prices are before GST of 6%.

The popular batik centres are in Balok near Kuantan, Pahang, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu and Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

Stay tuned for further information.



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.


02 June 2017: Launch of Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2017 Greetings Setem Ku

02 June 2017: Launch of Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2017 Greetings Setem Ku

In conjunction with the media preview of the Festival Food Series 3 – Malaya Food, the Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2017 Greetings personalised stamp sheetlet (Setem Ku) was also launched.

There are 2 designs. Each design retails at RM 20.00 (before GST). The Setem Ku will be available from today (02 June 2017) until 02 July 2017. It is also available at



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).