Saturday, October 7, 2017

100th Anniversary of University Malaya


The University of Malaya is the oldest and most esteemed university in Malaysia. The university was established on 28 Sep 1905.

In conjunction with the university's 100th anniversary in 2005, Pos Malaysia issued above stamps to commemorate this milestone of the university. This stamp issue features the following :

Dewan Tunku Canselor (30 sen stamp) - DTC in short, the hall was officially opened on 25 Jun 1966 by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, who was also the university's chancellor. This hall is where students took their pledge upon first stepping into the university, where examinations are held and where graduates have their convocation.

University Malaya Library (50 sen stamp) - This library was established since 1962, with a network of 17 libraries, fully computerised and integrated in its operations and services. Being a component of the national knowledge network, the library has throughout the years adopted a policy of actively acquiring Malaysian materials, where one of its greatest strengths lies in its collection of Malaysian in all subjects.

University Malaya Medical Centre (RM1 stamp) - The University Malaya Medical Centre is a statutory body of the Ministry of Education. Its main objectives are to provide healthcare services of international standing and also to provide facilities for medical education, training, research internship and consultancy. 

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Jun 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The University of Malaya has been ranked among top 500 universities in the world according to reputed ranking publisher in the last few years. In 2017, it ranks at 114 according to QS World University Rankings.

Click here for University of Malaya's official website.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Happy Mid Autumn Festival 🏮


Wishing all a Happy Mid Autumn Festival.

祝 : 中秋节快乐,花好月圆

🏮 🏮 🏮

Sunday, October 1, 2017

MMXVII - X

Time flies - we are now entering the fourth quarter of the year. Couple of celebrations in the month of October this year :

o  The Mid Autumn Festival 🏮
o  Oktoberfest 🍺
o  Diwali 🎆
o  Halloween 🎃

Just to name a few.

And what's in plan for the month?

Since October ²  =  100, am planning to share a couple of first day covers marking events or organisations hitting the centenary milestone, so do stay tuned 😁

*  October ² = 10 ²
*  Centenary = 100 Years

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Posmen Komuniti


Posmen Komuniti is a project with an objective to widen mail coverage and improve delivery services in the rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak.

Since its inception in 2010, currently there are 450 Posmen Komuniti in Sabah and Sarawak helping to deliver and accept postal items in the rural areas where normal postmen could not get to.

The Posmen Komuniti delivers and manages their daily tasks via different means of transportation.

Delivering postal items on horseback is very unique and can only be found in the district of Kota Belud, Sabah.

Meanwhile, in some rural areas in Sarawak, long boats or sampans are used to deliver postal items, mostly to reach locations where roads are still not available from the nearest town.

Apart from using cars or motorcycles, bicycle is also used, commonly in areas or villages with small roads or lanes.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Oct 2016
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 60 sen, 70 sen and 80 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 50mm
Paper : Yellow Green Phosphor 102 gsm
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The special way of delivering mail on horseback in Kota Belud has received recognition from the Malaysia Book of Records as the "First Community Horseback Postmen" in Malaysia.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Battle Sites


Patriotism runs deep in the annals of Malaysian history, as recorded in the various brave stand against foreign invaders and internal strife.

This stamp issue by Pos Malaysia highlights the following few incidences where warriors and leaders past have fought valiantly in the defence of our beloved land in battles from the 18th to the 20th century.

Malawati Fort - One of the many fortresses built during the reign of Sultan Salehuddin, the first Sultan of Selangor, the fort fell to the Dutch in 1874 when the Dutch declared war on the sultanate during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim, the second Sultan of Selangor. The Dutch renamed the fort as Altingsburg. Sultan Ibrahim staged an offensive to retake the fort and managed to win it back a year later. The fort remained under the rule of the Sultan of Selangor ever since.

Mat Salleh Fort - Mat Salleh, a chieftain of Suluk and Bajau descent, led serious rebellion against the British North Borneo Company administration from 1894 to 1900. His dissatisfaction with the British arose as his traditional power base at Sugut River was diminished due to establishment of the Elopura Settlement, and particularly the imposition of taxes which lay with the new administration. A massive onslaught on his fort in Tambunan resulted in his death in 1900.

Bukit Kepong Encounter - Possessing 10 times the strength of the police force in Bukit Kepong Police Station, coupled with the isolated location, the communists were confident that they could easily take over the police station. Determined to never surrender, the police force defended their station against the invaders. Wives of fallen policemen also took up arms and fought alongside the police personnel. Frustrated by the strong resistance, the communists retreated after setting fire to the police station, which killed a few family members and more policemen.

Libau Rentap Fort - Libau Rentap, a legendary Iban warrior, fought against the occupation of the White Rajah in Sarawak. The warriors fought using traditional weapons consisting of spears, knives and blowpipes, and a famous canon known as the Bujang Timpang Berang. Rentap died in 1870 of natural causes, a freeman till the end.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 15 Sep 2016
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 60 sen and 2 x 80 sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : 102 gsm PVA Gummed OBA Free Stamp Paper
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Malawati Fort is now one of the tourist attraction in the state of Selangor. Only part of the old forts remains today. A lighthouse, built by the British subsequently in 1909, is still standing there.

The Memorial of Mat Salleh, located in Tambunan district, is set up to commemorate Mat Salleh for his heroism during the British Colonial times. This is one of the tourist destinations in Sabah.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Seven Wonders of Malaysia's Flora & Fauna


Malaysia's lush tropical rainforests, vast wetlands and breezy mountains are home to thousands of species of flora and fauna.

In this stamp issue, Seven Wonders of Malaysia's Flora and Fauna are represented by specially selected species from seven classes of flora and fauna.

Mammal - The Lesser Mousedeer, the smallest species among all known hoofed animals, is being featured. It has a body the size of a rabbit and legs the size of pencils. It will make a shrill cry when threatened.

Insect - The Stingless Bee, measuring 2mm to 8mm, is being featured. They have a pair of hairy hind legs, which enable them to hold on to pollens collected from flowers.

Plant - The Wild Pepper Leaf or "daun kaduk", largely found in Asia, is being featured. It is widely used in cooking and traditional medicine.

Bird - The Malayan Peacock-Pheasant, among the shortest-tailed peacock-pheasants in the world, is being featured. It has a distinctive purple cast on the feathers of its nape and crest that distinguishes it from other peacock-pheasant species.

Amphibian - The Green Paddy Frog, commonly collected for human consumption, is being featured. In the amphibian world, it has one of the highest jumps.

Reptile - The Asiatic Softshell Turtle, found mostly in wetlands, is being featured. It has a thick, long and flexible neck protruding from its leathery flat and round carapace.

Fish - The Malaysian Mahseer, one of the most expensive freshwater fish in the world, is being featured. Also known as the King of the River, this fish thrives in rapids.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 23 Aug 2016
Postmark : Zoo Negara
Denomination : 30 sen, 2 x 50 sen, 2 x 60 sen, 70 sen and 80 sen
Stamp Size : 38mm x 30mm
Paper : 102 gsm TR8 OBA Free Stamp Paper
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Malaysian Mahseer, also known as Empurau, Kelah or Belian, is the most expensive edible fish in Malaysia. A single prepared dish of this fish can cost up to USD500.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tourist Destinations - Kedah & Kelantan


Tourism is one of Malaysia's largest source of income. Each state in Malaysia offers various interesting tourist destinations of its own.

In this stamp issue by Pos Malaysia, a few of the tourist destinations in the state of Kedah and Kelantan are being featured.

Kedah

The Paddy Museum, situated at the foothills of Gunung Keriang has an interesting collection of paddy-related exhibits.

Another prominent landmark is the Alor Setar Tower, the 19th tallest telecommunication tower in the world.

Kedah, being one of the oldest civilisations in Southeast Asia, long before Borobudur, Angkor Wat and Melaka, with Kedah's Bujang Valley a thriving trading capital in this part of the world then. Nearly 1,000 artefacts have been recovered and exhibited in the Bujang Valley Archeology Museum.

Kelantan

One of the must-see destinations is the Handicraft Village & Craft Museum. Built in traditional Kelantan architecture, this museum has an impressive collection of the state's crafts from embroidered fabrics, songket, batik, silver to pandanus mats.

Kelantan is also renowned for its traditional kites, or "wau". These kites are especially flown during the dry season after the harvest, when the wind is strong. This is when the annual Wau Festival is held, usually within the months of May and June.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 27 Jul 2016
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 4 x 80 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 30mm
Paper : 102 gsm PVA Gummed OBA Free Stamp Paper
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Besides the main cities, Malaysia is also famous for its islands and beaches. The various tourist attractions in Pulau Langkawi of Kedah and Pantai Bisikan Bayu of Kelantan are both being featured in the RM2 miniature sheet stamps.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

River Transportation in Sarawak


Sarawak has a total of 55 navigable rivers with a combined length of 3,300 km. Of all these rivers, Rejang is the most important, also the longest in Malaysia.

Many forms of river transport have been used throughout the ages in Sarawak to serve people and their goods - longboats, war boats, paddling boats, rafts, sampans, tugboats, ferries and cargo boats.

Although roads have been paved everywhere, river transport will still remain an important means of transportation of passengers and goods in Sarawak.

The longboat, as featured in the 70 sen stamp, is a relatively new invention, taking over from the human-powered paddling boats. While the shapes of the boats are similarly low-lying and narrow, the hulls are built differently, depending on the kinds of waterway the boat travels on.

The express boat, as featured in the 80 sen stamp, was first used between Sarikei and Sibu. Interestingly, due to express boats, Sibu became the undisputed queen of shipyards in Sarawak and now builds for the global market.

The iconic perahu tambang, as featured in the 90 sen stamp, ferries passengers across the river from Kuching to the Malay kampongs nearby. These boats are still used by those who prefer to take this shortcut as it is only a 5 minutes trip instead of the half an hour road trip.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 26 May 2016
Postmark : Kuching
Denomination : 70 sen, 80 sen and 90 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 50mm
Paper : 110 gsm Stamp Paper
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Rafts, as featured in the miniature sheet RM3 stamp, is used in the upland streams and rivers where the water is generally too shallow for boats. Bamboo is the main material used as it is light and easy to build. Besides serving as a river transportation, rafting has also become a tourist attraction.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

National Laureates


The Malaysian National Laureate is the highest recognition given by the Malaysian government for outstanding contributions in producing literary works, as well as excellence and continuous in providing efforts in the development of Malay literature as part of world art heritage.

This stamp issue on National Laureate by Pos Malaysia features the following three recipients of this prestigious award.

Keris Mas (Kamaludin Muhammad)
o  First recipient of the National Laureate Award in 1981
o  Born in 1922 in Bentong, Pahang
o  Editor, Chief Editor of Dewan Sastera and Dewan Bahasa magazine
o  Literary administrator, literary writer, as well as sociocultural critic
o  Produced genres in short stories, novels, essays, critiques and research books
o  Other pen names : Pejuang Sastera, K.M., Kamaludin M and Mister X

Tongkat Warrant (Usman Awang)
o  Third recipient of the National Laureate Award in 1983
o  Born in 1929 in Kota Tinggi, Johor
o  Proofreader, reporter, editor
o  Literary administrator at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
o  A prolific poet
o  Produced genres in short stories, screenplay and novels
o  Other pen names : Atma Jiwa, Pengarang Muda, Rose Murni, Setiabudi and UA

Arena Wati (Muhammad bin Abdul Biang)
o  Fifth recipient of the National Laureate Award in 1985
o  Born in 1925 in Makasar, Indonesia
o  Editor, research officer, Resident Writer and University Kebangsaan Malaysia
o  Fellow of various universities, such as Kyoto University, Japan
o  Produced genres in novels, short stories and screenplay
o  Other pen names : Duta Muda and Patria

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Apr 2016
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 3 x 80 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : Tullis Russell High Reading Yellow / Green Phosphor Gummed Paper
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

List of recipients of the National Laureate Award :

1.    1981  :  Kamaludin Muhammad (Keris Mas)
2.    1982  :  Dato' Shahnon Ahmad
3.    1983  :  Datuk Dr. Usman Awang (Tongkat Warrant)
4.    1986  :  Datuk A. Samad Said
5.    1988  :  Muhammad Dahlan Abdul Biang Andi (Arena Wati)
6.    1991  :  Prof. Dr. Muhammad Haji Salleh
7.    1993  :  Datuk Noordin Hasan
8.    1996  :  Datuk Abdullah Hussain
9.    2001  :  Syed Othman bin Syed Omar (S. Othman Kelantan)
10.  2009  :  Dr. Anwar Ridhwan
11.  2011  :  Ahmad Kamal Abdullah
12.  2013  :  Datuk Baharuddin Zainal
13.  2015  :  Datuk Zurinah Hassan (First woman recipient)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Garden Flowers - Definitive Series (Perak)


With the revision of the new postal tariff on 1 Jul 2010, the Garden Series definitive stamps, first issued on 31 Dec 2007, were reissued at the following denominations - 30 sen, 50 sen, 60 sen, 70 sen, 80 sen, 90 sen, RM1 and RM2. Two new stamp designs were issued, each for the RM1 and RM2 stamp respectively.

In Mar 2016, PPS Malaysia reissued the Garden Series state definitive stamps for the state of Perak in conjunction with Sultan Nazrin Shah enthronement as the 35th Sultan of Perak in May 2015, with the following different denominations from the national definitive series :

o  10 sen - National definitive 30 sen stamp design
o  20 sen - National definitive 50 sen stamp design
o  30 sen - National definitive 70 sen stamp design
o  40 sen - National definitive 60 sen stamp design
o  50 sen - National definitive 90 sen stamp design
o  60 sen - National definitive 80 sen stamp design

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 21 Mar 2016
Postmark : Kuala Kangsar
Denomination : 10 sen, 20 sen, 30 sen, 40 sen, 50 sen and 60 sen
Stamp Size : 27mm x 32mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The emblem of Perak as well as the current reigning Sultan of Perak, HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, are shown at the top right corner of the stamps.

In the previous state definitive stamps issued in 2009, the reigning Sultan at that time, the late Sultan Azlan Shah was shown at the top right corner of the stamps, together with the emblem of Perak.


Click on below links to find out more on previous issues of Garden Series definitive stamps :


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MMXVII - III

Moving on to the last month in the first quarter.

Time to be back on track after a lazy month - work wise as well as personal front. Will continue to share the remaining 2016 Malaysia stamp issues in my collection.

Ya, that's the plan for the month ...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Medicinal Plants - Series III


Malaysia's tropical green rainforests are nature's heritage that hold an endless bounty of potent natural remedies.

Holistic treatment using herbal medicines is deeply embedded in the sociocultural heritage of Malaysia and is common across Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, as well as the various indigenuous and Orang Asli tribe.

In continuation to previous issue on medicinal plants, Pos Malaysia issued the third series of stamps on medicinal plants in 2015, highlighting the following :

Misai Kucing (Cat's Whiskers) - This plant has traditionally been used for bladder and kidney problems especially for urinary stone, and is often taken as infusion for these conditions. Scientific analysis has also noted this plant's considerable antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Roselle - A hibiscus species, this plant is known for its fleshy calyxes used to produce healthy drinks. Roselle drink is said to possess anti-hypertensive, diuretic and mild laxative properties, as well as contains abundance of natural antioxidants.

Hempedu Bumi - Literally means "bile of the earth" due to its exceptionally bitter taste, this plant is said to have analgesic, laxative and digestive properties. It is traditionally used to treat diabetes, fever, worm infections, chronic bronchitis, colic, dysentery as well as skin conditions such as burns, wounds and ulcer.

TECHNICAL DETAILS


Date of Issue : 20 Jan 2015
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 60 sen, 70 sen and 80 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Only a portion of the pot is shown on the stamps, however when affixed to the cover, it shows a complete picture of the plants growing on a complete pot. Quite an interesting idea though.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Medicinal Plants - Series II


Malaysia is endowed with about 2,000 plants of medicinal value. Efforts have been made to study in depth and document the use of such herbs. Amongst herbs given emphasis are Tongkat Ali, Kacip Fatimah, Kerdas and Buah Keras (Candlenut).

Tongkat Ali is popular for its aphrodisiac property and as tonic for afterbirth and general health. It is also effective for hypertension, pains in the bone, jaundice, dropsy, fever, diarrhea, indigestion, lumbago and dysentery.

Kacip Fatimah is one of the most popular and potent ingredient in traditional herbal jamu for afterbirth care. A decoction of the plant is used to expedite labour and as a protective medicine for afterbirth. It is also used to treat gonorrhea, dysmenorrhea, rheumatism, dysentery and flatulence.

Kerdas is found in Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra, mostly wild in the forest. The shoot and seeds of the plant are known for their diuretic and purgative effects. The young shoot can be eaten raw while the seeds are eaten raw as ulam, normally with rice and sambal.

Buah Keras or Candlenut is native to Malaysia but is now distributed throughout the tropics. The fruits are dried and used in cooking as seasoning. The pulped kernel is used to cure headache, fever, ulcer and swollen joints. The bark is used for dysentery, the juice is mixed with coconut milk to cure sprue while the leaves are used for headache and gonorrhea.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 11 Dec 2004
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1.00
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

As at 2015, Pos Malaysia has issued a total of 3 series of stamps on medicinal plants.

Series I, issued in 1998, features Terung Pipit (20 sen stamp), Akar Seruntun (30 sen stamp), Jarak Bunting (50 sen stamp) and Bunga Raya Putih (RM1 stamp).

Series II, issued in 2004, features Tongkat Ali (30 sen stamp), Kacip Fatimah (50 sen stamp), Kerdas (RM1 stamp) and Buah Keras (RM1 stamp).

Series III, issued in 2015, features Misai Kusing (60 sen stamp), Roselle (70 sen stamp) and Hempedu Bumi (80 sen stamp).

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hello Kitty - Back to School


Last design in the Hello Kitty micro block collection - Hello Kitty Mini Fountain.

First time trying out diamond blocks from QCF (another manufacturer).

I still prefer diamond blocks from LOZ as the quality is much better compared to QCF. LOZ blocks finishing is more polished, and as you can see from above picture, the base plate from QCF is uneven (either it's really a quality issue, or it's really due to bad luck for getting a base plate of sub-standard quality).

DETAILS

Description : Hello Kitty Mini Fountain
Manufacturer : QCF
Product No. : 9631
Pieces : 231 pcs

A total of 4 designs to complete this Hello Kitty collection :

4.  Hello Kitty Mini Fountain

As usual, it's just a personal preference to name above design as Hello Kitty - Back to School, hence the title :p

Saturday, February 4, 2017

MMXVII - II

Shortest month of each year, plus still in holiday mood - naturally lesser to share this month (just finding excuses to be lazy) 😋

What's in store then? Check these out :

1.  Last design in the Hello Kitty micro block collection - Hello Kitty Mini Fountain
2.  Medicinal Plants stamp series issued by Pos Malaysia

Lastly, wishing all an advance Happy Valentine's Day 💝

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Malaysia Philately - 2017


1.    Festival Food Series - Chinese  (24 Jan 2017)
2.    Chung Ling High School Centenary 1917 - 2017  (9 Feb 2017)
3.    National Definitive Series - Orchids  (21 Feb 2017)
4.    Festival Food Series - Kadazandusun & Dayak  (16 Mar 2017)
5.    Festive Greeting  (28 Mar 2017)
6.    Installation of HM Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV  (24 Apr 2017)
7.    100th Anniversary Malaysian Palm Oil Industry  (18 May 2017)
8.    Festive Food Series - Malay  (6 Jun 2017)
9.    Malaysian Batik  (20 Jun 2017)
10.  MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line  (17 Jul 2017)
11.  ASEAN 50 Years Anniversary  (8 Aug 2017)
12.  29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games  (19 Aug 2017)
13.  150 Years Straits Settlements Stamps  (1 Sep 2017)

Above list will be updated as and when covers are received.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy 转机🐥 Year 2017


Wishing all a Happy and Prosperous Year of the Fire Rooster.

Same old wishes for all.
May you be blessed with
Good Health, Good Wealth and Good Luck.

祝大家

🐥 年好运   🐥 大欢喜
🐥 年快乐   🐥 祥如意

Happy Chinese New Year
&
Gong Xi Fa Cai !!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Malaysian Traditional Costumes - Miniature Sheet


The richness and diversity of Malaysian traditional costumes can be seen throughout the length and breadth of the country. There is great variety of beautiful costumes which differ in style and design from state to state.

Sabah and Sarawak, rich in tradition and culture from its many ethnic and indigenous people further contributed to the fashion heritage of Malaysia.

The miniature sheet of this stamp issue features traditional costumes of the Iban and Kadazan.

Iban traditional costumes - The male Iban is dressed in Baju Burung or vest and sirat woven loin-cloth which is a warrior's outfit. Accessories worn include belt, armlet and anklet made from silver and headgear decorated with hornbill feathers. The Iban maiden meanwhile wears the ceremonial dress, which consist of the bidang cloth, marek empang which is a chest adornment, the sugu tinggi headdress and other silver ornaments.

Kadazan traditional costumes - The male Kadazan is wearing a ceremonial costume usually worn during the Sumazau dance. It comprises of a jacket and trousers with gold trimming and a woven destar cloth headgear known as siga. The female Kadazan is wearing a ceremonial Kadazan Papar costume made of embroidered colour and gold thread, worn with a headgear made of bamboo strips known as siung and silver coin belt.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Aug 2006
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 2 x RM1.00
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Malay, Chinese and Indian traditional costumes are being featured in the other stamps in this issue. Click here to find out more.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Malaysian Traditional Costumes


Malaysians are most fortunate to witness the rich legacy of traditional costumes of various ethnic groups and communities in Malaysia as their very own cultural identity that they can be proud of.

This stamp issue features the traditional costumes of the Malay, Chinese and Indian communities of Malaysia.

Indian traditional costumes - The traditional costume for the Indian men is known as Vaishti, which is matched with a cotton cloth woven with gold thread. Meanwhile, the Indian ladies adorn beautiful silk gold thread bordered saree, matched with a tight choli.

Chinese traditional costumes - The man is wearing a Chinese satin Samfoo, intricately woven with Chinese motif matched with trousers. The maiden is wearing a modern red Cheongsam with exquisite design woven with motif that symbolises prosperity.

Malay traditional costumes - The man is dressed in Baju Melayu Cekak Musang, matched with hand woven songket sarong with floral design and a headgear known as songkok. The lady is dressed in a flowery songket Baju Kurung Telok Belanga, matched with a sarong neatly tied in the ombak mengalun technique.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Aug 2006
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 3 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The miniature sheet meanwhile features the traditional costumes of the Iban and Kadazan, the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak. Find out more here.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Malaysia Batik


Batik is a resist technique of patterning on cloth which uses wax as its dye resist. The word batik is an Indonesian term derived from the word "ambatik" - a combination of the words "hamba" (servant) and "titik" (dots); literally translates as the batik maker being a "servant of dots".

Traditionally, batik producers used wooden or metal blocks to stamp designs on to the surface of the cloth. Batik produced using this technique is known as "Batik Cap".

The current trend however favours the use of an implement known as "Canting" which enables the maker to draw designs rather freely. This handcrafted Malaysian Batik has been well received, and is exclusively produced. The designs created are inspired by various elements such as traditional wood carving motifs, Sarawak ikat "Pua" design, local floral and fauna in stylised forms rendered in a spectrum of colours.

This stamp issue features the following actual motifs produced by the winners of the prestigious Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition :

Foundation Building - The basis of this design is derived from the most organic form - the roots, symbolically depicting the firm symbiotic relationship motif between trees with soil and rocks. This design combines practical values and the aesthetics of Malaysian Batik with the intention to promote the rich, gentle yet universal Malaysian cultural values.

Silk Pesonna - Malaysian flowers have inspired this design. The use of bright colour enlivens as well as increases the exclusivity of this design while the silk fabric used adds to the beauty of the batik, while has also drawn international attention to Malaysia batik.

United Malaysia - The design for this batik is based on the colours of the national flag, focuses on the effects of wax crackles. Crackles or "retak seribu" happens as an incidental outcome of dye seepage through the resist wax during the multiple boiling in the dying process. The overall creation aims to reflect a blend of influences inspired from the design elements in textiles originating from the Malay Archipelago, China and India.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 2 Dec 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

If you happen to be in Penang, you can pay a visit to the Batik Painting Museum located at Armenian Street. The museum showcases the history of batik in Malaysia, and also showcases many of the art pieces by artists who were central in batik making an artform.

Address : 19, Armenian Street, 10200 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Phone : +604-262 4800

Website : http://www.batikpg.com/

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Songket, The Regal Heritage


Songket is a traditional Malay fabric, hand woven by inserting gold or silver thread in between silk or cotton weft or latitudinal threads of the main cloth, using a flat needle or cuban. The songket goes through eight stages before it becomes a piece of fabric.

As weavers are usually from rural areas, it is not surprising that the motifs featured are very much nature inspired, from local flowers, fruits and plants. The use of special harmony, balance, rhythm, repetition and sizes of the motifs express a high level of artistic achievement.

Above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features the following four songket designs :

Pucuk Rebung Gigi Yu - This bamboo shoot pattern has a very stiff, disciplined effect, forming a wavy, indented edge like that of shark's teeth. It is one large, complex design of floral motifs, with overall effect one of integration and harmony.

Bunga Bertabur Pecah Lapan - This scattered pattern of repeated motifs produces a beautifully harmonising coverage, balance and visual beauty of the cloth. The flower motif has eight separated petals, meeting in a distinct centre.

Pucuk Rebung Gigi Yu dan Bunga Kayohan - Another bamboo inspired design with rows of flower motifs intricately patterned in the centre. It is a very distinctly traditional and uniform pattern that lends a majestic feel to the fabric.

Teluk Berantai Bunga Pecah Empat - This pattern can be woven in some ten distinguished patterns. The solid chain is woven in gold thread, with the centres of the chain filled with flower motifs with four separate petals to produce a softer, lace-like appearance.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Apr 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The National Textile Museum showcases the origins, development and techniques of local textiles and the role they have in the rich and diverse heritage of Malaysia. This museum is housed in a Moghul-Islamic architecture historical building, which was gazetted as a historical building in 1983.

It is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; free admission.

Closed on first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Address : 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50500 Kuala Lumpur

Phone : +603 2694 3457 or +603 2694 3461


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Traditional Kites


Kite flying is a popular traditional hobby in Malaysia and very much part of the culture too.

In Malaysia, layang layang is the generic term for kites in the Western and Southern regions of Peninsular Malaysia such as Selangor, Melaka and Johor. Kites from these states are generally divided into three categories - the fighting kite, the baby kite and the decorative kite.

Meanwhile, in the East Coast and Northern States of Peninsular Malaysia such as Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis, kite is known as wau - the name derived from the wau, wau, wau rhythmic pattern hummer sound of the kite when in flight.

Above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features some of the most popular traditional kite of Malaysia - namely Wau Jala Budi, Wau Bulan and Wau Kucing.

Wau Jala Budi - The name is derived from a leaf found in Kedah called the "budi" leaf, as the tail of the wau is similar to the "budi" leaf. When flown, the kite produces a medium buzzing drone emitted from the hummer located at the head of the kite.

Wau Bulan - This kite is the most popular and most attractive in appearance. It is called Wau Bulan because of its crescent shape and tailpiece (bulan means crescent in Bahasa Malaysia). Given the right colour, Wau Bulan apparently resembles a rising crescent moon when flown.

Wau Kucing - The design of this kite resembles the cat (kucing means cat in Bahasa Malaysia), and is most apparent when seen from the back. The specialty of Wau Kucing is its hummer releasing a screeching, high-pitched sound, similar to the sound made by cats.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 10 Oct 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Wau Bulan is one of Malaysia's national symbols. The reverse side of the 50 sen coin of Malaysia (the 1989 series) features an intricately decorated Wau Bulan with a hummer on top.

Meanwhile, the logo of Malaysia Airlines is based on the Wau Kucing.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas Island Favourite Festivals


Festivals are an important part of life on Christmas Island, celebrating its multicultural heritage and people. In this stamp issue by Australia Post, drawings by the children of the Christmas Island District High School were chosen to be featured.

The se-tenant 45c stamps depict a Dragon from the Community Arts Festival as well as a Red Crab clutching an Easter Egg. The Community Arts Festival is an integral part of the Territory Week Community Festival which celebrates the Island's formation as an Australian Territory.

The 85c stamp shows the Hungry Ghost Festival which culminates with a special ghost-feeding ritual to avoid the malice of despairing ghosts.

The AU$1.20 stamp features the Hari Raya Haji Festival which marks the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 15 Jul 1999
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798
Denomination : 2 x 45c, 85c and AU$1.20
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm (45c stamps) and 26mm x 37.5mm (80c and AU$1.20 stamps)
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Around two-thirds of the Christmas Island population are Malaysian Chinese, with significant numbers of Malays and European Australians, as well as a smaller number of Malaysian Indians and Eurasians.

Religions practiced include Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity - with all these religions, no wonder there are many religious festivals in Christmas Island, a few of which are depicted in above stamp issue.

Monday, January 2, 2017

MMXVII - I

A new year signifies a new beginning, a new start and perhaps, a new list of resolutions for some.

What's in store for this first month of the year? Well, am planning to share stamps issues with cultural theme this month - ranging from traditional game to traditional attire, so do stay tuned.

This month is also a double new year celebration month - a month whereby we herald the Western New Year as well as the Chinese New Year.

And, as Snoopy says : This will be a good year. Well, am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed ...


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017


A new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book waiting to be written.

Happy New Year to everyone,
and hope it's a wonderful journey ahead for all of us.

Let's toast for a great year ahead 🍸