News Flash for 14 November 2018: Setenant Strip Sheets

News Flash for 14 November 2018: Setenant Strip Sheets

Here are the items that will be on sale tomorrow. Starting from tomorrow, it will only be a single session starting from 09:30 am.

  1. Sultan Kedah
  2. Unique Structures


Updated 22 October 2018: 22 October 2018 Installation of KDYMM Sultan Sallehudin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah Sultan

Updated 22 October 2018: 22 October 2018 Installation of KDYMM Sultan Sallehudin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah Sultan

The next issue will be the installation of KDYMM Sultan Sallehudin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah Sultan, the 29th Sultan of Kedah.

The products are:

  1. Stamps: 60 sen x 3 designs
  2. MS: RM 5.00 (metallic gold printing)
  3. Empty folder: RM 6.00
  4. Blank envelopes: 50 sen

The issue will be on sale on 22 October 2018. However, Kedah will only see the sale on 23 October 2018 as 22 October 2018 is a Public Holiday. For Kedah collectors, it might be prudent to head over to Penang or Perlis to buy the issue first before cancelling the FDCs on 23 October 2018.

Concordant locations are: Alor Setar GPO, Anak Bukit Mini Post Office and Jalan Raja Post Office (many thanks to a friend who reminded me).

Anyone keen to make the trip up North and back on the same day? Drop me a note – we can car pool.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Updated 19 October 2018:

Today was the media preview. It was well attended by the media.

The quantities are:

1. Stamps: 230,000 pieces of each design

2. MS: 25,000 pieces

3. Empty folder: 3,300 pieces

4. Blank envelope: 33,000 pieces

The designer is from Tigris Malaya Studio. The designer has been invited to an autograph session.

SODA members will receive the Alor Star cancellation.

Here is how the folder looks when opened up:

Here is the back of the blank envelope:

I sense you are digging your old stamps to match…. 🙂 Yes, it is a good time to re-purpose the old stamps for some good use.

After relooking at the logistics, it is better for the Kedahans to head on over to Ipoh to buy the products. The queues there are shorter and the customers are faster. You can even have lunch before heading home. It will be a nice day trip compared to queuing in GPO Penang.

Perlis usually do not have sufficient stocks.

If you are really adventurous, head on over to GPO KL to buy by about 10:00 am when the bulk of the regulars are done and the queues are thinner. You can be back in the same day leisurely with the designer’s autograph!

Don’t say I did not give you the heads up. You decide.

All the best and Kedahans, do drop me a note on the situation on the ground on 23 October 2018 at various post offices. It will be fun to have these recorded.

Updated 22 October 2018:

The crowd in the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau was a little better than previous issues. The apprearance of 2 runners from the Numismatic community is always a good indication someone from the Numis side of the world is buying up. I am guessing to pair up with the medallions.

The designer from Tigris Malaya Studio, Mr Ihsan Ramli came slight after 10:10 am for the autograph session.

Trivia: Mr Ihsan Ramli is also the designer of the Tun Dr Mahathir folder!

22 October 2018, 09:00 pm evening update:

The Alor Setar General Post Office was surprisingly opened for half day with a limited number of FDCs on sale. It was sold out by about 11:00 am and new stocks are being brought in for 23 October 2018.

Many were caught off-guard as the announcements said 23 October 2018. However, this was just in tge Alor Setar GPO. All other post offices were closed.


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:

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:




Media Preview of DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda YDPA XV Sultan Muhammad V

Media Preview of DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda YDPA XV Sultan Muhammad V

The media preview for the installation of DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda YDPA XV Sultan Muhammad V stamp issue was held in the Philatelic Bureau Headquarters in the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office this morning (21 April 2017). It was very well attended by the mainstream media.

The following products will be made available on 25 April 2017 (26 April 2017 in Perlis, Kedah and Negeri Sembilan). The stamps and Miniature Sheets will feature the use of gold ink.

  1. 60 sen perforated stamp sheetlet of 20s: 200,000 pieces (or 10,000 sheetlets)
  2. 60 sen imperforated stamp sheetlet of 20s: 5,000 sheetlets (only sold in sheetlet format)
  3. RM 5.00 Miniature Sheet: 30,000 pieces
  4. RM 6.00 empty folder: 2,000 folders
  5. 50 sen blank envelopes: 35,000 pieces

All prices are before GST. The designer is from World Communication Network Resources (M) Sdn. Bhd.

For those making imperforated stamp on FDC, remember to bring your scissors.

If you are looking for royalty related items, I still have some past issues.

See you all on Tuesday!


ps: Get your cylindrical tubes ready! There might be a surprise coming out…. you have been given ample notice 🙂




13 December 2016: A Royal Day at the Bureau

13 December 2016: A Royal Day at the Bureau

Yesterday’s crowd was significantly better than usual. It is a well designed issue and helped by the holiday in Selangor, many made their way to Kuala Lumpur. Here is the early in the morning:


The YDPA XIV’s term concluded on 12 December 2016. However, it was a Public Holiday and thus the issue was released on 13 December 2016 with yesterday’s date!

The designer, Mr Shahrul Izhar (World Comm) came before 09:00 am and started autographing the covers. It must have been a source of pride with many complementing the design. Mr Shahrul was also the designer of the Scented Flowers Series 2 and Penang Free School stamp issues. Here he is busy autographing:


Another good news is that the MS and the stamps can fit nicely to make a composite FDC. It has been quite a long time since this can be done. It did cover part of the design but it is still appealing. Next was the cancellations. Since the palace is in Kuala Lumpur, the KL GPO cancellation is matching. Another good match is Medan Tuanku for the 95 sen stamp.


Here is the nearest post office to the palace.