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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11 May 2019 A Philatelic Pilgrimage 2: (Homecoming) Return to Penang

11 May 2019 A Philatelic Pilgrimage 2: (Homecoming) Return to Penang

10 May 2019:

Here is the situation:

1. Date of sale moved to 11 May 2019.

2. Half a day for the pilgrimage.

This presented a new challenge of half day. How do we plan out the logistics? Where do we start?

We need help!

Let’s Assemble the old team.

Conference calls time! Frantic Friday calls to various parties. Are we good to go?

11 May 2019:

05:00 am – Thermos – check, Air Sandwich – check, lots of drinking water – check, petrol tank – full! , Touch & Go – check, vehicle – check.

06:00 am – Load up! Good to go! Beep: incoming message, Southern Team nearing rendezvous point.

The drive was dark. Traffic was light. It felt like 21 November 2016 again! We will end up in Pitt Street, Penang again!

Ah finally here!

Rendezvous complete!

It was a quick stop – chop – go!

Why not visit the temple since we are here?

Hasty discussion ensued with the locals in the post office, Waze and Google Map. Where is the temple? I might as well toss a coin…. In myfdc I trust, let’s go!

The road led into off road plantation area. Once we alighted the architecture is awesome!

Beep… message from Central Team… designer is Mr Gan.

Time to leave to the next point: Reverand R.S. Hutchings’ legacy. He left behind 3. Can you name them?

11:00 am – Penang GPO was packed. All waiting to chop – chop – chop!

Better go to Plan B.

A quick drive around the corner to my secret spot where usually there is a spot or two put me within the middle of both location. Ooops… no more stock of the “scratch and win” parking coupons. A good samaritan sold me enough for an hour! I wish we have an easier parking method, e.g. the “slot machines” that eat up your coins. It will be easier than carrying a stack of cards and sometimes only to be used once in a while in the now famous philatelic tours!

11:30 am – Picked up the items from St George’s Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre sold a set of concordant postcards which were very quickly sold out. I hope there are more stocks. In fact the cinderella was taken from an old print of the church.

Thanks Helenn! I really appreciate the assistance!

With the official private folders and covers in hand, it was a brisk walk back to the Penang General Post Office for the final touches! Enroute, stop at 7-11 for more “scratch and win” parking coupons! I really think they are “scratch or fine”!

12:30 pm – done stage 1!

Here is a comparison of the St George’s Souvenir Cover and mine (using the Pos Malaysia Cover) with the concordant Pulau Pinang cancellation (chop). Sure wished the St George’s Folder set was cancelled using the Pulau Pinang cancellation to be more meaningful (similar to the Penang Free School Bicentenary Folder set).

The St George’s folder set also includes a full sheet of St George’s stamps (with many saying it is a different shade, I think so too if you look at the above photos of the 80 sen stamp!), a mint cinderella and another Souvenir Cover with a single stamp.

It is time to take a break and head to the next stage! Beep…in coming message from someone who guided me a lot from the Central Team …. “the stamps have 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5″…. really? I was pasting according to the Price List and e-Poster! Now this is a great move as I know know we have 5 stamps in a set and I will not stick the wrong stamp. As to the order… hmm… I might not be able to follow everytime in order to be concordant!

I heard in many post offices will be still selling and cancelling on Monday. You can check it out. Certainly your second chance to get things done! Penangites might want to visit the St George’s Heritage Centre: stgeopg@yahoo.com (or buy in person).

Many thanks to various logistics team.

04:30 pm – first drop off for Stage 2.

06:30 pm – second drop off for Stage 2.

Concordanists Assemble!

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ps: Philatelic Pilgrimage 1 can be relieved at: https://myfdc.me/2016/11/22/21-november-2016-a-philatelic-pilgrimage/

 

11 May 2019: Places of Worship Series 2

11 May 2019: Places of Worship Series 2

The next issue was announced to be on sale in all Post Offices nationwide on 11 May 2019 until the post office closing time (normally 01:00 pm). Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will sell the products on 12 May 2019.

This is a move away from the original plan to sell on Monday (13 May 2019). So do inform your friends who do not go on the internet.

The items are:

  1. Stamps 5 designs of 80 sen each (200,000 pieces per design)
  2. Empty Folder RM6.00 (1,600 pieces)
  3. Blank envelope 50 sen (27,000 pieces)

The cinderella is available in the St George’s Bicentenary folder set.

The designs feature:

  1. Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque (also called Beijing Mosque) in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan
  2. Hong San Si Temple in Kuching, Sarawak
  3. Maha Parasakthi Pachai Amman Kathirvel Murugan Temple in Taiping, Perak
  4. St George Church in Georgetown, Penang
  5. Gurdwara Sahib in Labuan, Federal Territory

The price list is as follows:

The designer is from World Communications Network Resources and will be invited to the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Headquarters for the autograph session.

To read about the St Georges Bicentenary stamp launch: https://myfdc.me/2019/04/30/11-may-2019-st-georges-bicentenary-launch/

To read about the Places of Worship Series 1: https://myfdc.me/2016/11/22/21-november-2016-a-philatelic-pilgrimage/

Stay tuned for further information.

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