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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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. 🙂

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.

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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 sky52200myfdc@gmail.com and will be supplied on a paid basis. Order will be refunded if the issue is cancelled or sold out.

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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

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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.

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