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.


28 November 2018: ETS MS Overprint for Thailand World Stamp Exhibition 2018

28 November 2018: ETS MS Overprint for Thailand World Stamp Exhibition 2018

Pos Malaysia will be represented by Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) for the World Stamp Exhibiton in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is held in Royal Paragon Hall 1 – 3 in downtown Bangkok. It runs from 28 November 2018 until 03 December 2018. Thailand Post is providing an exhibition cachet and daily cancellations. These are the current image available and subjected to changes.

Pos Malaysia is expected to have the exhibition cachet to complement the Exhibition Overprint MS of the ETS issue.

PSM will be selling their own envelope. There is also a proposal to pre-sell the envelope during the Stamp Week 2018. Why not drop by and have a look during Stamp Week at the PSM booth?

Here is the image with the consent to share by PSM (copyright holder of the envelope design).

The overprint MS is also expected to be on sale by the International House of Stamps in the exhibition hall.

While Pos Malaysia has not provided information on the order forms for SODA, it has been a trend that Pos Malaysia offers the overprints AFTER the exhibitions.

Updated 12 November 2018:

Philatelic Society of Malaysia was selling the blank envelopes at RM 2.00 each at the Stamp Week 2018 in their counter in the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office.

Updated 26 November 2018:

If you are interested in the Thailand 2018 commemorative stamps, you can read them at the Thailand Post Stamp Catalogue (October – December 2018): (pages 6 – 7).

Any readers who is visiting, I appreciate it if you can also send back news and maybe a few pictures for the readers.

I will not be attending.

Updated 27 November 2018:

Here are the SODA Order Forms for the ETS MS Overprint and ETS MS Overprint Exhibition Cover.



The Rise of Setemku (Personalised Stamps) First Day Covers

The Rise of Setemku (Personalised Stamps) First Day Covers

Of late there is a trend of private institutions and schools issuing Personalised Stamps (Setemku) to commemorate their event. This is a far simpler process than having an official stamp issue and the cost is lower to get the stamps out.

However, it is not on the mainstream and the Setemku stamps are costly. These Setemku stamps are then made into First Day Covers with a private cancellation by the said institution or school.

  1. The trend of making Setemku FDCs are not new. However the cancellation offered has been semi-official with the consent of Pos Malaysia. These are used e.g. by the Philatelic Society Malaysia for their events. The earliest was on 12 – 16 September 2007 for the PSM 50 Years of Nationhood Through Philately Exhibition.
  2. The earliest recorded Setemku FDC with private cancellation was on 10 September 2007 for the MAWAR Silver Jubilee Celebration. However, the cancellation (cachet) hardly touches the stamp as it was not postal in nature.
  3. Subsequently Setemkus were used as FDCs for Petaling Jaya City anniversaries and 40 Years of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

A new format of Setemku using a frame was put on sale on 24 March 2017. This format makes the Setemku resemble an official stamp issue.

This was put to good use by the National Art Gallery (Balai Seni Negara) for their 60 years Anniversary to showcase 6 pieces of art on 27 August 2018. The National Art Gallery produced an envelope, a Presentation Pack and a Setemku Sheetlet Folder for the occasion. A special cancellation was also made available to cancel the stamps. Note that this is a private cancel akin to a cachet.

Subsequently a host of other Setemku FDCs are released in quick succession:

  1. 09 September 2018: Chan Wa (Seremban) School Centenary (non-frame old format) – single stamp
  2. 15 September 2018: Chung Hwa (Kota Bharu) School Centenary – 3 stamps
  3. 01 October 2018: 5th Anniversary of the Tan Kah Kee Foundation – 3 stamps
  4. 05 October 2018: The Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association (Thean Hou Temple) – 4 stamps

As the release of information is via the institution, it is rather ineffective as the news do not always come to stamp collectors. In addition, some of the information is released in venacular press which further restricts the dissemination. I suppose the news must reach the correct audience. Something marketeers preach about incessantly.

If you have information of upcoming Setemku issues with First Day Covers, do drop me a note EARLIER. I will be keen to publish the news and also acquire a set for records and collection.

Setemku, whilst it is a quick way to “make your own” stamps, is still unaffordable to the mainstream collectors. In addition, the private nature does not encourage traditional collectors to move to this area. It appeals to fund raisers or those connected with the institution. I believe it is at its infancy and is catching on.

Here is a suggestion to those planning to issue Setemku, have the covers and stamps available ahead of the anniversary. This allows the Setemku to be postally cancelled on the day of the event. The private cancellation (cachet) can still be produced to match the event.



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A Royal Launch at the Telegraph Museum

A Royal Launch at the Telegraph Museum

Taiping has always been a serene town with elegant historical buildings dotting the town centre. The morning was no different except that Taiping will receive a Royal visit to the Telegraph Museum.

The Telegraph Museum is located next to the current Taiping Post Office. The Telegraph Museum was the location of the first one stop Post and Telegraph services (including banking). This continued until the Post and the Telegraph section (Telecoms) went their own ways in 1946.

Thus today’s event – the officiating ceremony for the Telegraph Museum was sort of a throwback to the Post and Telegraph of 1974! Both the Pos Malaysia and Telekom Malaysia logos were on the stamp issue poster and on the tabs of the stamp sheets.

Pos Malaysia set up a booth at the road leading to the Telegraph Museum. The booth was just outside the entrance and is very prominent. Sales was brisk with Telekom Malaysia snapping up most of the folders and MS.

The booth was supported by Ipoh GPO with additional stocks and additional stocks from KL HQ.

Sales were extremely brisk in the morning with the empty folders and MS sold out before even the time of arrival of the VIPs in the morning. Many staff of Telekom Malaysia and collectors came to snap up the products.

The designer, En Shahrul Izhar from World Communications Network Resources also attended the event.

His Royal Highness the Sultan of Perak and consort arrived at about 10:00 am to grace the ceremony.

During the Telekom Malaysia montage, the stamp issue was introduced as part of the journey of Telekom Malaysia.

His Majesty then launched the Telegraph Museum.

The ceremony continued with His Majesty’s visit to the Telegraph Museum and concluded with lunch.

For further news of the event check out:



Collectors, mainly from Perak (in particular Ipoh) and Penang were seen throughout the day. Each with their covers and many with their private postcards. I managed to complete my FDCs with the Taiping cancellations and the Telegraph Museum special launch cancellation plus En Shahrul’s autograph.

It was then time to explore Taiping before heading back to Kuala Lumpur.

myfdc wish to thank Pos Malaysia (HQ, Ipoh and Taiping), Telekom Malaysia, Yayasan Telekom Malaysia, PSM and friend who made this philatelic tour possible.

As I left Taiping, it was probably ironic I passed by the Perak Museum….. time to come back again next Monday, 23 July 2018!


Malaysian Serama Overprint for Bandung 2017

Malaysian Serama Overprint for Bandung 2017

The next issue is an overprint of the Malaysian Serama (released on 10 January 2017) with the Bandung 2017 logo. This Miniature Sheet of RM 3.00 face value will be released in Bandung on 03 August 2017. The overprint Miniature Sheet will then be put on sale in Malaysia after the exhibition (which is the normal practice). Bandung 2017 World Stamp Exhibition takes place in Trans Studio Convention Centre in Bandung, Indonesia from 03 – 07 August 2017.

Pos Malaysia will also be bringing the original Malaysian Serama blank envelopes to match the Miniature Sheets in order that collectors can make exhibition covers. A cachet will also be provided.

In addition, Philatelic Society Malaysia will release their own exhibition envelopes.




Updated: Four-Nation Stamp Exhibition Thailand 2017

Updated: Four-Nation Stamp Exhibition Thailand 2017

I suppose some of you are wondering what will Pos Malaysia issue tomorrow for the Four-Nation Stamp Exhibition in EmQuartier in Bangkok. Well, Pos Malaysia will issue a Setemku (Personalised Stamp) using the Melaka Four-Nation stamp images on the Setemku interspersed with the Four-Nation logo. Curious? It will come out on the web. There will also be a cachet for the occasion. From what I understand, PSM will be handling the cachet during the event. An independent verification could not be done as I am a bit caught up.

If you are keen to buy the Setemku, it should be open for SODA order form later on. Pos Malaysia has indicated that order forms will be released. Exhibition Covers? I am not sure if PSM will make any exhibition cover like in the past. Just wait a bit and you will know.

Back to the host….

The host, Thailand, will issue the Year of the Rooster stamps with the Four-Nation logo in 4 different colours. A total of 250 sets (i.e. 250 of each colour x 4 colours = 1,000 pieces of stamps) are printed. News reports stated that each set retails at 2,000 Baht.

The Philatelic Association of Thailand has reserved 100 sets for their members. 50 sets each are supposed to be made available for Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore philatelic associations. Only those sets not taken up will be sold to the public. This gave me a bit of a mathematical challenge… (3 x 50) + 100 = 250 sets…. does that mean that there will be little or none for the public? Does set refer to sets in sheets or sets of single stamps? Again I am unable to verify independently.

This is a design image (not the actual issued sheetlets). If this is the final design, then in effect there are only 4 desirable stamps with the Four-Nation logo tabs.

Meanwhile for further reading:

Here is a link to EmQuartier with a short write-up on their website:

This is a link to Thailand Post’s website article in Thai language (but trust me, the information in EmQuartier is better):

Here is the link to my earlier news:

Oh, yes, do remember to drop by the PSM Stamp Fair at the PJ Community Library this 11 and 12 March 2017. Hint: There is a special…. come-lah and you will know.


Here is the image of Malaysia Setemku sheetlet released for Four-Nation Stamp Exhibition 2017 in Thailand.

ps: <for the last time: NO, I am not going to Bangkok this time>


Stamp Exhibitions and Fairs in March 2017

Stamp Exhibitions and Fairs in March 2017

There will be an upcoming Four-Nation Stamp Exhibition Thailand 2017 to be held from 10 – 12 March 2017. Information on this event is sketchy in the official Facebook.


An enquiry to the site drew a standard answer that the information is on the Facebook site. I do hope someone from the organising committee will read this post. Other than the date, location and the official hotel, there is hardly anything useful. Here is a tip to webmasters; the useful information that the general reads would like to know are:

  1. Who are the participants? Even a draft list is good enough. You can update along the way.
  2. How to get there? Do remember that many of your attendees are not committee members nor locals.
  3. What are the opening times? A draft agenda will be useful. Again, you can always update along the way.
  4. What are the exhibits? This can again be a draft.
  5. Any special stamp issues or products that will be released?

For the Four-Nations event, the exhibition will be held at EMQUARTIER at the Quartier Gallery, M Floor.

You can take the Bangkok BTS and alight at Phrom Phong station (Station E5). This link will be useful for you:

Thus far, Pos Malaysia has not announced its participation. I will not be covering the Four-Nation event this time.

A concurrent but smaller event will be happening in Petaling Jaya. It will be the quarterly PSM Stamp Fair to be held from 11 – 12 March 2017. I suppose this event will be more accessible to the Malaysian collectors. It will be held at the Petaling Jaya Community Library.

Come between 09:30 am to 05:00 pm and you will not be wrong. There are various time put up on hardcopy leaflets, e-postings etc. Try not to come too late or you will miss out many goodies from Pos Malaysia and the sellers!

Happy shopping!