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About Philately

What is Philately?

Philately can be described as the collecting and arranging of postal material i.e. postage stamps, postal routes, letters, covers and other material. This collection, be it stamps, covers etc. are usually documented to trace major historical events and other events.


It cannot be established when philately first started as a hobby as there is no known documentation. However, it can be ascertained that philately only started after the introduction of the postage stamp in 1840.


Collection of stamps adapted an approach with the introduction of stamps album. The first album was produced in England in 1852. Thus, when more postage stamps became available, the hobby of collecting stamps became quite common. More people began to take an interest in stamp collecting and philately began to develop. Many serious collectors emerged and one of the world's largest and oldest stamp collections is owned by the Queen of England. DYTM Raja Muda of Selangor is also reputed to have a good collection.


The word "philately" is said to have been coined in France in 1864 by Georges Herpin. It is from two Greek words: "philos" meaning loving and "llateleiall" meaning free of payment. Originally philately was more confined to the study of labels, representing payment for postal services. From here its area was widened to include the study of the systematic collection of postage stamps, postcards, postal covers, postmarks and other postal material.

Philately at Pos

Philately at Pos

The Philatelic Bureau in Malaysia was established with the sole purpose of instilling interest in the public to collect stamps not only as a hobby but as a very worthwhile activity.


The Bureau also actively promotes this special leisure pursuit to school children by visiting them at schools, educating the children about the value of stamps and instilling interest to collect stamps as well as by inviting them to visit the Stamp Gallery.


The Bureau also, without fail, introduces more than 10 themes of collector's stamps and philatelic items every year to meet the demand of today's collectors who come from all sections of society.


Philatelic items


  • Stamps
  • First Day Covers
  • Miniature Sheet
  • Folder
  • Presentation Pack
  • Stamp booklet
  • Commemorative cover
  • Annual Albums
  • Special Albums


The Philatelic Bureau actively participates in exhibitions in Malaysia as well as international stamps exhibitions. In the international arena, stamps play an important role as ambassadors of the country.


The Philatelic Bureau with the cooperation of the Philatelic Society of Malaysia, regularly meet to exchange ideas with stamps collectors on philately during stamp exhibitions, stamp fairs, stamp seminars held periodically throughout the country.

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Condition of Operation of Service

  • An initial advance of RM50.00 or 10.00 pound sterling or USD13.00 is required to open a standing account. Additional funds remitted to maintain the account should not be less than RM 50.00. If the Standing Order is more than 3 sets, the deposit should be increased accordingly.
  • An account holder will receive, without further instructions, the required items ordered under the Standing Order Deposit Account for each Commemorative or Special Issue.
  • The cost of each issue of stamps supplied as per Standing Order will be deducted from the Standing Order Account and a statement showing the credit balance will be sent to the account holder together with each order. When the balance of the account holder is low, additional funds at a minimum of RM50.00 should be paid. If the funds in the account is insufficient, the account holder will not be given the particular issue.
  • Account holders, both local and foreign will be charged the appropriate postage together with registration fee of RM2.20 (local)/RM4.60 (overseas) as all orders will be sent by registered Post. Orders for overseas customers will be sent by AIRMAIL.
  • The initial amount needed to open an account and the additional funds necessary to maintain the account should be remitted by means of Malaysian Postal Order, Singapore Postal Order, Brunei Postal Order, personal cheque or Bank Draft. Remittances must be made in favour of “POS MALAYSIA BERHAD” . Currency will not be accepted other than Malaysian Ringgit paid personally at the Philatelic Bureau or any Post Office counters.
  • Remittances made out in the currency of the country of origin will be subject to fluctuation of exchange rate.
  • A Standing Order Deposit Account holder who wishes to order philatelic items may do so by forwarding details of the requirements in the mail order form and should ensure that there is sufficient funds in their accounts.
  • Standing Order may be changed provided the account holder notifies the Philatelic Bureau at least two weeks before the anticipated date of the new stamp issue.
  • If an account holder receives any damaged philatelic material, they may be exchanged if they are returned immediately but not later than 7 days from the date of receipt.
  • Pos Malaysia Berhad reserves the right to cancel or decline any Standing Order which does not meet these conditions or any subsequent amendment to these conditions.


Ownership of Undeliverable Mail will revert to Stamp & Philately Unit after three years. All stamp issues are processed approximately 10 days before Issue Date.

You can now check your SODA account balance from this page of our web site.

All you need to do is to enter your account number AND your NRIC (for Malaysian citizens) / Passport Number (for Non-Malaysian citizens)

Note : If you would like more details on Track and Trace or you are unable to proceed with your request due to incomplete information, please email your NRIC or Passport Number to filateli@pos.com.my

SetemKu Individual

SetemKu Individual

SetemKu Individual is issued by Pos Malaysia Berhad to cater for customers who want to feature their image during a special moment or occasion on stamps. These images together with the base stamp will form a valid postage stamp. Customers can order the special packages of RM500.00 (Bulk order) or individual sheets of each design.


SetemKu Individual is also available at our 12 General Post Offices, KLIA Post Office and at our promotion booths/road shows countrywide. Online purchase is available via www.posonline.com.my


SetemKu Individual is available in ten exclusive designs and allows individual to commemorate special events such as:


  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Engagements
  • Mother's day
  • Alumni’s
  • Birthdays
  • Father's day
  • Valentine's day
  • Special announcements such as the birth of a new baby
  • Others




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Delivery option Pick-up and delivery @ additional charges 
(Option to use Pos Laju for fast delivery)
Processing period Within seven working days upon approval 
(Please allow sufficient time for orders to be processed if they are to be used for special occasion / launching)
Mode of payment Cash/money order/cheque or credit card 
(at selected Pos outlets which offer SetemKu service only)
For online purchase via www.posonline.com.my, online banking & credit card are offered
Technical requirement For Photo:
Good quality 3R (approx. 85 x 125mm) or 4R (approx. 100x 150mm) Photo in vertical format

Font size (If any): At least 5 points 
*NOTE: Tolerance of 1mm skew and/or gap must be allowed. A hardcopy of visual (recommended 
background to match the based stamp colour to be submitted together with order form)
Design confirmation Based on design (at your own cost) submitted upon acceptance by both parties
Stamp size 28mm x 38mm (vertical format), 32mm x 27mm (horizontal format) & 30mm x 30mm (vertical format)
Minimum order 1 sheet (8 pieces/10 pieces & 20 pieces of stamps) 
Price There are 10 stamp designs to choose from. View designs 

1. Flower Bouquet 30 sen & 50 sen stamps RM19.00 & RM28.00
2. Teddy Bear 30 sen & 50 sen stamps RM19.00 & RM28.00
3. Heart 30 sen & 50 sen stamps RM19.00 & RM28.00
4. National Icon 30 sen & 50 sen stamps RM19.00 & RM28.00
5. 1Malaysia 60 sen stamps RM19.00
6. Silver Handicraft Mixed 35sen & 65 sen stamps RM20.00
7. Celebration 60 sen stamps RM19.00
8. Flag 60 sen stamps RM19.00
9. Greetings 60 sen stamps RM19.00
10. Yours Sincerely 60 sen stamps RM19.00

* Per stamp sheet = 8/10/20 based stamps and 8/10/20 empty tabs 
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Terms and Conditions Apply
Contact information Philatelic Bureau
2nd Floor, Stamp Gallery, Stamp & Philately Unit
Pos Malaysia Berhad Headquarters
Dayabumi Complex
50670 Kuala Lumpur

Contact Numbers +603-2267-2000/2001/2002 
(8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday – Friday)
Fax +603-2694-2139
Customer Care 1-300-300-300 | care@pos.com.my
E-mail filateli@pos.com.my/setemku@pos.com.my
Contact Us

For information on past, present and future stamps as well as enquiries about stamps collecting promotional activities, Pos Malaysia Berhad has established an Information Counter to help you.


SODA Customer Service Counter

Located at the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau, this counter serves customers who come personally to update, collect or deposit remittances into their accounts during office hours and other enquiries. All information on forthcoming issues is also available at this desk.



Stamp and Philatelic Division
Level 1, Pos Malaysia Headquarters
Dayabumi Complex
50670 Kuala Lumpur


+603-2267-2000 - SODA Inquiry
+603-2267-2001 - Philatelic Counter
+603-2267-2002 - Personalised Stamp Inquiry

Fax: +603-2694-2139

E-mail :filateli@pos.com.my