Updated: 18 July 2019: 150 Years Sarawak Stamps

Updated: 18 July 2019: 150 Years Sarawak Stamps

Today’s response in Kuala Lumpur were just the regular 12 persons in the morning. Seems to be dwindling. The main action is in Kuching.

Here is the opening in Kuala Lumpur:

Mr Gan Soon Bing from World Communications Network Resources came very early to autograph.

The queue was very light and over by about 10:00 am. There was no brochure this time. The back of the envelope is printed with the description normally found on the brochure. Could this be a new trend or just for this issue?

Meanwhile in Kuching, a PSKS member produced his own envelopes for the exhibition. Photo courtesy and copyright by KH Chung.

The exhibition in St Thomas School was packed. At the time of this article, the photos have not come is as the priority is to make the cover with the limit time available.

3 cancellations were available in the school:

  1. Kuching first day cancellation
  2. Pameran Filateli, 18 – 19.07.2019, SMK St Thomas, Kuching, Sarawak (Philatelic Exhibition, 18 – 19.07.2019 cancellation, St Thomas School, Kuching Sarawak) cachet
  3. SMK St Thomas, Kuching, Sarawak school cancellation (this is not a postmark, it is by the school)

This is a great idea to have all the cancellations and cachet in one place rather than having the collectors run back to the Kuching General Post Office.

Meanwhile…… time to head over to Kuching….

Since we have a concordanist on the ground in Sarawak, I decided to make a Limited Concordant MS FDC in Kuala Lumpur! I finally reached Kuching, KL! Guess where is this place?

There is a fresh Keluaran Hari Pertama cancellation (looks brand new!). Thus the random number picked yesterday night will receive this Limited Concordant MS FDC complete with Kuching!, Philatelic Bureau Kuala Lumpur pictorial cancellation and autographed by the designer, Mr Gan.

How was your area? It would be fun for our friends in Sarawak to share their news of what happened in Sarawak. Hope to hear from you!

One other thing, for our readers in Sarawak, I know this is meaningful for you to have a complete collection. I have a limited number of spare posters (mint, no autograph, folded in half) for FREE, you will need to pay postage and packing for normal mail at your own risk if you are interested. Optional is registered mail. No COD, if COD RM 25.00 for one poster (toll, petrol and time more expensive).

Just “Leave a Comment” below and I will get in touch with you when I am free. Priority for Sarawak readers with Sarawak addresses.

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16 July 2019: Media Preview on 150 Years Sarawak Stamps

16 July 2019: Media Preview on 150 Years Sarawak Stamps

Today was the media preview on the 150 Years Sarawak Stamps. The media preview was held in James Wong Kim Min Hall, SMK St Thomas, Kuching. Here is Mr Haidan (Head of the Philatelic Bureau) and Dr Ong Liap Teck (President of Philatelic Society of Kuching, Sarawak) during the launch. Copyright notice: The rights to the photo belongs to PSKS member who shared it for our common reading.

Here are the products:

The display in Kuching showed the concordant cancellation of Kuching!

Guess what… SODA members will get Kuching! Copyright for these photos also belong to PSKS member who shared the image.

The quantities are:

  1. RM 5 MS: 22,000 pieces
  2. Blank envelope: 15,000 pieces

The MS is 80 mm x 80 mm. The stamp has a special effect of a gold ink printing. This should be good news for the special effect collectors.

The designer is from World Communications Network Resources and have been invited to the Philatelic Bureau HQ in Kuala Lumpur GPO to have an autograph session.

Thank you for the patience in waiting for the details.

For foreign collectors, if you are interested to order: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com payment via PayPal.

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Next Issue: 18 July 2019 150 Years Sarawak Stamps

Next Issue: 18 July 2019 150 Years Sarawak Stamps

Sarawak’s first stamp was issued on 01 March 1869. The single “3 cents” stamp featured a potrait of Sir James Brooke whom had already passed away on 11 June 1868.

The corners of the stanp featured the initials JBRS. Can anyone figure out what does that stand for? Share your answers at the “Comments” below.

This year, Pos Malaysia prepared a single RM 5.00 Miniature Sheet with the image of the first postage stamp of Sarawak. There will be a special printing ink.

The rest of the MS featured the collage of images from the various issues from Brooke through Queen Elizabeth II, Formation of Malaysia until 2017 Sarawak definitive MS.

The envelope bears the image of the Kuching General Post Office.

As official image and details have yet to be released by Pos Malaysia, it is difficult for collectors to plan ahead especially those who would like to fly in and join the activities in Kuching, Sarawak. Here are some information obtained from friends.

On 16 July 2019, St Thomas School (SMK St Thomas), Philatelic Society of Kuching, Sarawak and Pos Malaysia are planning a media preview at James Wong Kim Min Hall at about 09:30 am.

The MS is planned to be issued on 18 July 2019.

A philatelic exhibition is planned on 18 – 19 July 2019 at the St Thomas School’s James Wong Kim Min Hall from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm by the school’s Stamp and Philatelic Club and the Philatelic Society of Kuching, Sarawak. As I understand from various kind friends in Sarawak, there will be special cancellation in the school.

If anyone has further details, feel free to share.

Did you know that St Thomas School was featured on the Premier Schools stamp issue back in 2008? Check it out: https://myfdc.me/malaysia-first-day-covers/2001-2010/2008-2/

Thus, the most concordant cancellation is in ……… (give it a try by commenting below).

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Updated: 15 January 2019 Malaysian Festivals Series 3

Updated: 15 January 2019 Malaysian Festivals Series 3

The next issue will be released on 15 January 2019. This issue will feature the Malaysian Festival Series 3.

Previous issues of the Malaysian Festivals were on  15 August 2006 and 27 September 2012.

This time the Malaysian Festival Series 3 ties in with the Lunar (Chinese) New Year celebrations. This series features the Malaysian festivals of the ethnic Chinese, Kadazan Dusun, Dayak, Malay and Indian.

The stamps and miniature sheets feature the following:

  1. Stamps: 5 designs x 60 sen with the following designs:
    • Chinese New Year (Lion Dance and Firecrackers),
    • Tadau Kaamatan (Sumazau Dance and Gong and Sompoton),
    • Gawai Festival (Ngajat Dance and Ranyai)
    • Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Lemang and Dodol)
    • Deepavali (Kuthu Vilakku and Kolam)
  2. Miniature Sheet: RM 5.00 (Various festival greetings) with die cut and glitter ink
  3. Empty folder: RM 6.00
  4. Blank envelopes: 50 sen

Just a reminder: The SODA cut off date to ensure sufficient funds or updates to your order is 04 January 2019.

More updates later.

Meanwhile, the question in many collector’s mind….. how was the lunar series featured this year? The answer might crack you up and fire your collecting enthusiasm!

Updated 11 January 2019: Media Preview

Today was the media preview for this issue. I can only summarise: The special die cut with glitter Miniature Sheet is great!

Interestingly I found out that the Zodiac also applies to how the time is divided in a day! Google it. You might find something interesting! Not just the year but the time.

The brochure is also interesting with the various dates of the festivals listed making it a handy reference for our friends overseas!

So here are the products with quantities:

  1. Stamps: 200,000 pieces of each design
  2. Miniature Sheet: 25,000 pieces
  3. Blank Envelopes: 30,000 pieces
  4. Empty folders: 1,800 pieces

The above can also be bought as a folder set via Eziemall. The product is usually loaded near midnight the day before, so be cool and wait for the midnight!

The designer, Mr KY Lim (Reign Associates) will be coming over to autograph the products on the day of sale in the Philatelic Bureau HQ in the General Post Office of Kuala Lumpur.

In addition, there will also be a Special Setem Ku Greetings sheetlet to be released on the same day. Image is being finalised. I will share once Pos Malaysia releases the image.

Do look out for a special Chinese New Year franking at the main General Post Office in Kuala Lumpur. It was used last year…. perhaps again this year?

Sadly, I will not be able to join in the fun as I have a prior engagement. Do drop me a note on the response in your own location as well as the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office.

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