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.




SODA Order Forms for Definitive, Thailand 2018 and Stamp Week 2018

SODA Order Forms for Definitive, Thailand 2018 and Stamp Week 2018

Here are the various SODA Order Forms:

  1. 14 States Definitive with special matching cancellations:
  2. Thailand 2018 ETS MS Overprint and Exhibition Cover:   
  3. Stamp Week 20128 with all daily cancellations on 7 covers  

Start by downloading. Then print fill and scan and email or fax.


Next Issue: 04 December 2018 State Definitive Wild Orchids

Next Issue: 04 December 2018 State Definitive Wild Orchids

Finally the last issue of the year is confirmed! It will be the State Definitives featuring Wild Orchids. The date of issue is 04 December 2018. The issue will comprise of only Miniature Sheets. There are no full sheets of 100s nor SODA smaller sheets of 20s this time.


  1. Perforated Miniature Sheets: RM 1.55 (14 states)
  2. Imperforated Miniature Sheets: RM 5.00 (14 states)
  3. Empty folder: RM 8.00
  4. Blank envelopes: 50 sen

This complements the National Definitive issued on 21 February 2017:

This does throw a conundrum into the Federal Territory Garden Flowers Definitive with Micro text printing…. how long will the Garden Flowers survive? When will the state Wild Orchids grow in the local post offices?

Will we even get 14 state cancellations in the Philatelic Bureaus or will it be SODA Order Form again?

You better bookmark this article as the above gets answered… sooner or later…

Meanwhile, let me do some digging for the new plants.

Oh yes, the Wild Orchids were grown by Reign Associates (Mr KY Lim).

Latest update:

Pos Malaysia has clarified that:

  1. SODA regular order and Philatelic Bureau HQ (04 December 2018) will only get Kuala Lumpur cancellation.
  2. and SODA Mail Order will receive 14 states cancellations.

This has also been collaborated by a reader (Pei Yong): refer to comments below. Many thanks for sharing.

Updated 27 November 2018:

Here are the SODA Order Forms for the 14 States Definitive with matching state cancellations.


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?


Updated 31 January 2018: Ornamental Fishes released on 30 January 2018

Updated 31 January 2018: Ornamental Fishes released on 30 January 2018

Will the fishes come out on 30 January 2018? Yes!, that is the information that I received. However this time there was no media preview.

The issue will feature 3 stamps and a Miniature Sheet.

  1. 60 sen – Harlequin Rasbora
  2. 60 sen – Pearl Gourami
  3. 60 sen – Mahseer
  4. RM 5 – Golden Arowana with Gold Foil effect and die cut
  5. RM 6 – empty folders

All prices are before GST.

The designer company is World Comms.

Quantities issued:

  1. Stamps: 200,000 pieces for each design
  2. MS: 25,000 pieces
  3. Blank FDC: 30,000 pieces
  4. Empty folders: 2,000 pieces

Updated 31 January 2018:

Yesterday saw a good response but not the sell out response like the Working Dogs issue. The focus was on the Golden Arowana and it came out tops with the die cut and Gold Foil effect! Everyone gave their two thumbs up for the MS design. The stamps were just as stunning.

Here is the scene on the opening of the Philatelic Bureau:

Mr Shahrul Izhar, the designer from World Communications Network Resources, came early to autograph the various products.

In addition, Pos Malaysia gave out packets of ang pows (Red Packets) for purchases of RM 100.

This is a very nice gesture and hopefully more can enjoy this freeby.

Some matching locations for this issue are:

  1. Tanjung Sepat for the Mutiara Sepat
  2. Locations in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Sarawak for the Mahseer.
  3. Simpang Ampat (Semanggol, Perak) for the Golden Arowana which is bread around Bukit Merah.

How was the response in your location?


The Three States: Another Epic Philatelic Adventure

The Three States: Another Epic Philatelic Adventure

Engine oil – check, brake fluid – check, battery – check, coolant – check, tyre pressure – check, brake pads – check, petrol – check, Waze – check, chargers – check, spare power bank – check, bottled water – check, bread – check, biscuits – check, towel – check, coffee – check, rest – uncheck!

Thus the journey started! With an excited mind, the trip started in the wee hours of the morning! No, NOT to the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office this time. The trip starts from the idyllic East Coast! However, time is of the essence. It is another great philatelic tour! I lost count of how many there has been. It will be another epic 1,000 km adventure.

The Tourist Destinations stamps feature some of the best places to visit in Terengganu, Pahang and Perak. These 3 states organised their respective visit the state campaigns in 2017!

Not many are aware of the richness of our own country. Did you know that the sand in the East Coast is finer and whiter than Bali (basically a volcanic grey sand)? You can choose from over 500 km of accessible beaches! Just stop by anywhere you fancy.

Here is a selection of post offices that matches the stamps very well. First up in Terengganu is Dungun, a close staging point to Rantau Abang.

The next state, Pahang, has an interesting tourist destination РSungai Lembing, the El Dorado of the East, in its heydays. Sungai Lembing translated means the River of Spear which, according to folklore, received the name from the dream of a local ruler of a spear in the river.

The town still greets visitors with the grand trees at the central traffic divider. As you reach the end of the town, the Sungai Lembing Museum looms on a hill along with the Sungai Lembing Post Office just below the hill. The post office is manned by a single Postmaster. Inside the post office, you can still see the sturdy wooden post box seen predominantly in Pahang!

Another location well hidden location is Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Lanchang! The nearest Post Office is located in … you guessed it… Lanchang town! You can see the same sturdy wooden post box inside the post office.

The third state is Perak. Kuala Kangsar, the Royal Town, is featured on the top stamp.

The bottom stamp featured Taiping Zoo located in Taiping! Taiping (Everlasting Peace) was formerly known as Klian Pauh! It was also briefly the state capital of Perak before the transfer to Ipoh. Taiping features a post office with a rich history. Located at the front of the post office is a Tourism Malaysia explanation on the significance of Taiping post office!

Did you flip over to the back of the envelope? Yes! The grand Ipoh Railway station is featured at the back! The Ipoh General Post Office is located just next to the Ipoh Railway Station.

Meanwhile a fellow concordanist is heading up from South East of Malaysia to complete the concordancy!

The richness of concordant First Day Covers comes from understanding the significance of the story behind the stamp. In addition, it brings to life the stamp that you are collecting. The next time a stamp is featured in your location, why not take a bit of time to visit the places and the nearest post office? Soon you will find that it is time well spent. Make a few more and trade with fellow concordanist. There is no shortage of concordanist, except some of us cannot make the time due to work and family, availability of transport, COST (petrol and toll is a huge factor) and the high number of stamp issues to chase. Thus we are always on the look out for those who would like to join in these adventures or help out in your location.

Interested? You know how to contact.