Singapore – Malaya / Malaysia Cross Use Listings

Singapore – Malaya / Malaysia Cross Use Listings

Here is the deal on eBay.

I am also disposing of some of my cross use period covers. I believe they are reasonable start prices. The Singapore FDC with Malaya / Malaysia postmarks are harder to find than Malaya / Malaysia FDCs with Singapore postmarks.

Here is the link:

To refine, just use “Cross Use”.

For a short history of cross use (these are not for sale):

Thank you for your support!


Release of the Wild Orchids State Definitives 2017

Release of the Wild Orchids State Definitives 2017

Today’s final issue of the year saw the regulars at an early hour. The front liners were queuing to make FDCs (many to realise that there is only the KL cancellation – guess they are not reading myfdc – or they would have already download the forms).

Then there are those who want to try their luck to get Perlis – the most speculative state for stamps and philatelic. Recently an eBay item with 175th anniversary of UPU posted cover ended at astronomical price only to see it reappear by the same seller days later. Guess 2 hardcores were slugging it out and maybe a joy bidder helping the speculation.¬†As I mentioned earlier, the Philatelic Bureaus will only sell loose for the respective states and it is anyone’s guess where is “Perlis” in Perlis?

Anyway, with the same number printed and not much stocks in Kangar, we can only speculate on the speculation!

The crowd thinned out by noon. There were ample stocks. I guess a lesson learned for the next state series (hopefully someone will dig up myfdc to read) is to pre-pack 14 states rather than doing it on issue day.

The KL General Post Office did that and the transactions were faster.

There was also a Christmas Setem Ku on sale today. Not many realise it or are not interested.

Mint stocks were ample even until the closing bell.

So what was I up to? Buying up and tearing up my Federal Territory MS to make Definitive transition covers. I matched the face values of the existing Garden Flowers micro-text series released this year with the Orchids. This year the Garden Flowers state series was only printed for the Federal Territory. Just so happen that the stamps were released towards the end of 2018. This Federal Territory definitive then transitions into the Wild Orchids definitive. I do not expect to see the post office sheets of the new definitives anytime soon. So the Federal Territory Garden Flowers should bloom for a while.

Thus, this was the only chance to make the concordant Federal Territory “transition” cover as it is the first day of issue plus it is in Kuala Lumpur which is one of the 3 Federal Territories.

Here are some of my handiwork:

It took a month of preparation for the harder to find corner margins. As usual, spares are available.

I am now left with lots of 05 sen and 10 sen. ūüôā

Meanwhile, back to the question on where you can get Perlis?

The local post offices are your best bet. However, this time, there is not much demand for Perlis.

I will skip. I am a covers guy. Enjoy the queue.





Important Information: Media Preview of Wild Orchids Definitive

Important Information: Media Preview of Wild Orchids Definitive

To cap off the year’s media preview, the long awaited Wild Orchids State Definitive was previewed this morning. The date of sale is on 04 December 2018. Recall that the Orchid National Definitive was issued on 21 February 2017.

Here are the technical details:

The Wild Orchids are found in Peninsular Malaysia with only the 30 sen Phalus subtrilobus and 40 sen Dendrobium macrophyllum var. ternatense are found in Mount Kinabalu.

The Wild Orchids featured are:

  1. 5 sen: Bulbophyllum virescens (Bulbophyllum Orchid)
  2. 10 sen: Corybas carinatus (Helmet Orchid)
  3. 20 sen: Vanill a griffithii (Vanilla Orchid)
  4. 30 sen: Phaius subtrilobus (Almost Three Lobed Phalus)
  5. 40 sen: Dendrobium macrophyllum var. ternatense (Large-leaved Dendrobium)
  6. 50 sen: Aneotochilus reinwardtii (Jewel Orchid)

I need you to take down notes as you read as it is a bit complicated. Let’s start off with the quantities:

  1. Perforated Miniature Sheets of RM 1.55: 20,000 pieces for EACH state design
  2. Imperforated Miniature Sheets of RM 5.00: 17,000 pieces for EACH state design
  3. Empty folders of RM 8.00: 1,600 pieces
  4. Blank envelopes of 50 sen: 30,000 pieces

Based on the quantities, it is quite moderate. Here are the visuals:

The folder is a special design with 2 pockets to keep all the 14 MS FDC x 2 types and 4 plastic sleeves to keep the MS in an overlapping row.

Here are the Pos Malaysia sales arrangements:

A. SODA Members:

  1. FDC: Only Kuala Lumpur cancellation on perforated MS
  2. Mint: 14 states perforated MS

B. SODA Order Form or Eziemall:

  1. Perforated MS FDC with matching cancellations
  2. Imperforate MS FDC with matching cancellations

These (SODA Order Form and Eziemall) are the ONLY easy way to obtain ALL the 14 states matching cancellation on FDC!

C. Counter (Philatelic Bureau HQ and Branches):

  1. FDC: Only your state Philatelic Bureau cancellation
  2. Mint: Perforated and Imperforated MS in a set of 14 states
  3. Mint loose: Your own state MS will be offered

Normal Post Offices: 14 mint MS (perforated) in a set

So, on that day, do inform me what is the actual arrangement.

The other good news is the designer, Mr KY Lim, Reign Associates is expected to come and autograph the products.

Foreign orders for MINT complete sets are accepted at and will be supplied on a paid basis. Order will be refunded if the issue is cancelled or sold out.




03 – 08 August 2018: Panfila BALIPHEX 2018 / FourNations BALIPHEX 2018

03 – 08 August 2018: Panfila BALIPHEX 2018 / FourNations BALIPHEX 2018

The Panfila BALIPHEX 2018 will feature a national level stamp exhibition in Bali, Indonesia. A concurrent FourNations Stamp Exhibition BALIPHEX 2018 will also be held. Pos Malaysia is scheduled to join the event. An overprint MS of our longest MS will be released.

The exhibition is held in “I Am Bali”,¬†3D Interactive Museum, Monumen Bajra Sandi, Jalan Raya Puputan, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

Pos Indonesia indicated that there will be daily cancellations as follows:

Cachet: Image of Monument of Balinese Struggle / Bali Bajra Sandhi Monument (Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat Bali)

Day 1 : Philately Day,

Day 2 : Postcrossing Day,

Day 3 : Tourism day

Day 4 : Friendship Day

Day 5 : Palmares Day

Day 6 : Scout & Youth Day

For further information check out: BALIPHEX 2018





Next issue: 27 February 2018: Rivers in Malaysia

Next issue: 27 February 2018: Rivers in Malaysia

The next stamp issue is planned to be released on 27 February 2018. This time the topic is on Rivers in Malaysia.

The products (and quantities) are:

  1. 60 sen stamp РSungai Pahang, Pahang (200,000 pieces)
  2. 80 sen stamp РSungai Kinabatangan, Sabah (200,000 pieces)
  3. RM 8.00 MS РSungai Rajang, Sarawak (25,000 pieces)
  4. 50 sen – Envelope (28,000 pieces)
  5. RM 6.00 – Empty Folder (2,000 pieces)

All prices are before GST.

Did you know that the Miniature Sheet is the longest MS (and stamp) issued in Malaysia? It is 160 mm in length!

Anyone keen to traverse the riverine Post Offices?


Orchid Hunting

Orchid Hunting

The frequent and close issue dates have finally impacted my ability to keep up with the update of the philatelic news. Between my day job and my hobby, I have to balance my time. In order to maintain a factual record of philately, a bit late is better than none. So here is a summary of 21 February 2017.

The new national definitive issue featuring orchids has been long overdue and postponed. The first whiff of the new definitive was in 2012 when the stamp schedule included the State New Definitive. However, this dropped out from the schedule. In 2013, the stamp schedule included the national definitive with the description Orchids.

The design is attractive especially the philatelic sheetlets. The miniature sheet is a bit pricey at RM 7.00 (before GST).


The iridescent ink “Pos Malaysia” has a nice effect when viewed at an angle. However the sheetlets tend to stick together causing loss of ink when the sheetlets are separated. I had to sieve through the sheetlets at the counter.

There was not much of a crowd. The queue was largely over by 10:00 am.


The designer, Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates came very early to start the autograph session.


This series is truly national as the orchids featured are from across Malaysia.

The 60 sen orchid is predominantly found in Kelantan, Kedah and Perak. 70 sen was discovered in Mount Kinabalu. 90 sen is Normah Orchid (homework for you) and RM 1.10 with the local name of Kinta Orchid (Kinta Weed since it was so abundant in the past). In addition, Shah Alam would be a great cancellation as it is the Orchid City of Malaysia. Thus my adventure do take me to Shah Alam.


The blank envelopes were sold out in Shah Alam General Post Office as early as 09:15 am. The stocks of blank envelopes were also low in Ipoh where I met fellow collectors busy sticking and posting FDCs to overseas collectors. The higher demand for the blank envelopes is to prepare for the future issue of the counter full sheets of 100s. This has not been announced and the collectors will need to set up a message exchange process to notify each other of the first appearance of the regular sheets.


Here is a post office in the fringe of the jungle up North where one of the orchids in the series can be found. Happy searching!


As at the time of writing, the regular counter sheets of 100s have not been issued.







Updated 17 February 2017: Orchids for Valentine?

Updated 17 February 2017: Orchids for Valentine?

Why not substitute Roses with Orchids? …….except the orchids will only be available next week on 21 February 2017! Yes, the next issue is the new National Definitive with the theme of Orchids.

Here are the stamp denominations:

  1. 60 sen: Rhynchostylis retusa (Foxtail Orchid) – this orchid also appeared on the First Malaysian State Definitive series (15 cents)
  2. 70 sen: Phalaenopsis violacea (Normah Orchid) –¬†this orchid also appeared on the First Malaysian State Definitive series (20 cents) – Sarawak’s Official Orchid
  3. 80 sen: Vanda helvola
  4. 90 sen: Paphiopedilum lowii (Slipper Orchid or Low’s Paphiopedilum) – found by Sir Hugh Low in Mount Kinabalu and named after him
  5. RM 1.00: Arachnis flos-aeris (Scorpion or Spider Orchid) –¬†this orchid also appeared on the First Malaysian State Definitive series (10 cents)
  6. RM 1.10: Papilionanthe hookeriana (Hooker’s Papilionanthe, Kinta Orchid or Kinta Weed) – parent of Singapore’s Vanda Miss Joaquim –¬†this orchid also appeared on the First Malaysian State Definitive series (1 cent)

Imperforate Miniature Sheet: RM 7.00 with all the 6 stamps

As usual there will be an empty folder for sale.

I will update the images once it is officially released. Meanwhile, check online to see the unofficial images growing around.

Any orchid experts out there to give us some advice?

Updated 17 February 2017:

Here is the price list released during the media preview this morning:


It is indeed a beautiful set. The designer for this issue is Reign Associates (Mr KY Lim). The current format released is the philatelic sheetlets of 20 stamps per sheet.

The quantities released are:

  1. Stamps: 150,000 pieces each type
  2. Miniature Sheet: 30,000 pieces
  3. Empty folder: 2,000 pieces

There  are additional security features introduced for the first time for our National Definitive stamps. The stamps will incorporate microtext and high security ink (iridescent ink and infra red ink).

Get your pots ready!