Monday, May 26, 2014

Marine Life - Series V


The wondrous marine life with its unique and beautiful corals are ocean treasures that require protection and care, for us as well as our future generation to enjoy.

The above 5th series of Marine Life stamps were issued by Pos Malaysia in conjunction with 2001 Stamp Week. The following are featured in this stamp issue :

Kima, a giant clam, is the world's biggest cockle. An adult Kima can weigh up to 200kg. It is close to extinction.

Sea horse, a unique marine species which is small in size, found mostly at corals reefs and deep seas.

Sea star, or starfish, has a body that consists of a central disc, with mouth on the oral surface and anus on the aboral surface, and five arms, which make it looks like a star, hence its name.

Helmet shell, known locally as Siput Tapak Gajah, is found in sandy bottom and has a shell with attractive colour, size and shape. Due to demand for its shell to make decorative items, this species is close to extinction.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 10 Nov 2001
Postmark : Stadium Bukit Jalil
Denomination : 20 sen, 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 38mm x 28mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

As of today, a list of the Marine Life Series stamps issued by Pos Malaysia are :

1.  Marine Life Series I - 17 Dec 1988
2.  Marine Life Series II - 29 Jun 1989
3.  Marine Life Series III - 17 Nov 1990
4.  Marine Life Series IV - 21 Dec 1992
5.  Marine Life Series V - 10 Nov 2001
6.  Marine Life Series IV - 9 Oct 2004

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia 100 Years Anniversary


A small forest department was established in 1883 in the Straits Settlements. A forest officer was subsequently appointed in Perak (1895), Selangor (1898) and Negeri Sembilan (1900).

A.M. Burn-Murdoch, a Conservator of Forest in India, was appointed the Chief Forest Officer for the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States in 1901. This triggered the establishment of full-fledged departments in the States, the recruitment of trained staff, as well as the formulation and enforcement of laws.

The centenary celebration of the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia in 2001 revisited the past, and highlighted the issues and challenges in managing the rainforest. It seeks to raise public awareness on the role and contributions of the department to the nation in managing the rainforest.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 18 Oct 2001
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 38mm x 28mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

To find out more on the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia, click here for the official website.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

FDI World Dental Congress 2001


The Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI), the World Dental Federation, was founded on 15 Aug 1900 in Paris. The membership of the FDI comprises National Dental Associations from 135 countries.

Malaysia hosted the FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2001 from 27 Sep to 1 Oct, held at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, with programmes including international and local speakers covering topics on oral health care, interactive workshops, open discussions and sharing of information as well as experience.

Besides the congress, participants also attended the World Dental Exhibition, which is an integral part of the Congress. The largest and most up-to-date dental exhibition ever held then in this region, it showcased technical advancements, innovations and latest developments in the field of dentistry.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 27 Sep 2011
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : RM1.00
Stamp Size : 76mm x 28mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

FDI is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a member of the World Health Professionals Alliance (WHPA).

Click here for FDI's official website.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dragonflies & Damselflies - Series III


Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the order Odonata. There are about 5,000 species of these creatures worldwide.

Studies of the fossilised dragonflies show that these creatures have not changed much form since the time it existed over 300 million years ago. Pre-historic dragonflies grow up to 30cm in length, with a wingspan of up to 75cm. Today's dragonflies with 18cm wingspan is a rarity.

These creatures have the ability to fly in reverse, an exclusive feature not seen on other insects. They are also able to hover in a fixed position in mid-air.

Dragonflies and damselflies are predators - as nymphs, they feed on aquatic creatures; as adults, they feed on air borne insects.

This stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features 10 different species of dragonflies and damselflies.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 25 Nov 2000
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 10 x 30 sen
Stamp Size : 34mm x 29mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The largest living species of Odonata is Megaloprepus caerulatus, attaining a size of as much as 19cm across the wings and a body length of over 12cm. The largest species of dragonfly ever is the extinct Meganeura.

Source : Wikipedia

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thomas/Uber Cup KL 2000


The Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup are the symbols of badminton supremacy for the men's and women's team respectively.

Thomas Cup was presented by Sir George Alan Thomas in 1939 to International Badminton Federation (IBF) as the challenge trophy for the world badminton tournament. Sir George Thomas, the first President of IBF, was himself an outstanding player in his time.

The first tournament was held in Preston, England in 1949, and Malaya (then Malaysia) won the Cup after defeating Denmark in the Finals. Malaysia also won the Cup in 1952, 1955, 1967 and 1992.

A similar tournament for women was proposed by Mrs H.S. Uber, who herself was an outstanding player. The personally designed Uber Cup was presented by Mrs H.S. Uber in 1956, with the first tournament for women held in England a year later. USA won the cup beating Denmark.

Above se-tenant strip of five stamps were issued by Pos Malaysia to commemorate KL 2000 Thomas-Uber Cup tournament.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 11 May 2000
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 5 x 30 sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The 2000 Thomas & Uber Cup was the 21st tournament of the Thomas Cup and the 18th tournament of the Uber Cup. Indonesia emerged as the winner of the Thomas Cup while China won the Uber Cup.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

World Team Table Tennis Championship - Dawei 2000


Table tennis was first played in England in the late 19th century, and was probably played using improvised equipment. It is believed that the first manufactured equipment was manufactured in 1887.

The International Table Tennis Federation was initiated in Berlin by Dr Georg Lehmann on 15 Jan 1926. A Constitution and Laws of Table Tennis were formally adopted in London on 12 Dec 1926.

The 1st World Table Tennis Championship was held in London at the end of Dec 1926, followed by the 2nd World Championship in Stockholm in Jan 1928. Thereafter, this event was held annually until 1939. The sequence was resumed in 1947, and was held annually until 1957, whereby it was held biennially thereafter.

The World Table Tennis Individual and Team Championships are held simultaneously, except during 1999. Originally to be held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, but due to political situation in Yugoslavia, the individual event was subsequently held in Aug 1999 in Netherlands, while the team event was held in Kuala Lumpur in Feb 2000.

This stamp issue by Pos Malaysia is to commemorate this international event, i.e. the Team Championship, held in Kuala Lumpur.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 19 Feb 2000
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 38mm x 28mm
Paper : Unwatermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Table tennis was first recognised as an Olympic Sport and included in the Summer Games in Seoul in 1988.