Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday – Pos Malaysia Berhad (Pos Malaysia) will be organising its yearly Stamp Week from the 4 till 10 December 2017. What a better way to kick-off the week with the debut of two stamp series to entice collectors and public with the issuance of two edutainment (educational and entertainment) stamp collections namely the “150 Years Straits Settlement Stamps – Permanent Issue” and “Children’s Holiday Activities” on Friday, 1 December 2017. Both issues will be on sale to stamp enthusiasts and the public on Monday, 4 December 2017.
According to Pos Malaysia’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, the issuance of the Straits Settlement stamps is to reminisce the 150 Years of Straits Settlements Stamps used as the first stamps in Malaya. Two Philatelic products will be on sale for this series, which is the First Day Cover (FDC), priced at 55sen each, inclusive of a free brochure and a Miniature Sheet (MS) featuring a series of stamps worth RM5.00 each. The cancellation mark features the first design of the Straits Settlement Stamps surrounded by the Setem Negeri-Negeri Selat wordings.
“Indian stamps were used in all the British territory under the East India Company (EIC) before the emergence of the Straits Settlements. When Penang, Melaka and Singapore were under the direct administration of London, new stamps were introduced to indicate the new territories. Thus, the Straits Settlements stamps together with the local stamps were used on all letters sent out from British Malaya, British Borneo, Brunei, the Christmas and Cocos Islands,” said Dato’ Mohd Shukrie to the media during the stamp preview held earlier today.
“Previously, Pos Malaysia had issued other stamp-related series such as the Stamp Centenary in December 1967 as well as the 150 Years Straits Settlements Stamps – Provisional Issue in September 2017. Both FDC (20,000 pieces) and MS (25,000 pieces) are sold at RM5.85 each,” he added.
Fun-filled holiday activities with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort and Pos Malaysia
Concurrently, Pos Malaysia collaborated with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort to produce the “Children’s Holiday Activities” stamp series, featuring characters from LEGOLAND in the stamp designs. This series has six stamps worth 60sen each, with designs corresponding to holiday activities namely Picnic Time, Water Activities, Quality Time, Sightseeing, Recreation and Extreme Activities. Only 215,000 pieces for each stamp designs are being produced, whilst, 30,000 pieces of First Day Cover (FDC), worth 55sen with free brochure and 1,800 pieces of folder are being sold to complement the stamp series.
“One unique element for this series is the seven different cancellation marks starting from 4 December till 10 December which correlates with the stamp designs and the different days during the stamp week. The designs are Kites and Basket (Picnic Time), Surfboard (Water Activities), Balloon Plane (Quality Time), Butterfly and KLCC (Sightseeing), Bicycle and Roller Blades (Recreation), Roller Coaster (Extreme Activities) and a special Tower and Slide cancellation mark for the Children’s Holiday Activities series on Sunday, 10 December 2017. The complete set can be obtained at RM48.85 each.
When asked to comment on the collaboration with Pos Malaysia, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort’s General Manager, Kurt Stocks said, “We are really excited to introduce the first LEGOLAND stamps in the world to Malaysia, the homeland of LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. Focusing on “Children Holidays Activities”, the stamps suggest various ways of creating a quality family time together, whilst having lots of fun at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. This exciting partnership with Pos Malaysia has once again reinforced our belief in learning through play for children. Stamps collecting is a nostalgic hobby for many parents out there. We believe the LEGOLAND stamps will bring undisrupted bonding time for families, as the parents could share about their childhood with their children,”
“In celebration of the issuance of the world’s first LEGOLAND stamps, LEGOLAND Malaysia is offering Kids Go Free vouchers along with the brochure for every purchase of FDC or the complete set of the stamp series. Customer will get one complimentary child ticket with a full paying adult. This special offer is valid until 30 June 2018,” added Kurt Stocks.
Dato’ Mohd Shukrie added that Pos Malaysia had previously produced related issues such as the Traditional Past Time Games with Upin & Ipin and Friends in December 2010 as well as Children’s Theme (Hobby) – Boboiboy in November 2012.
The general public are encouraged to join the Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) and those who are interested to be part of the SODA community could do so by signing up at any post office nationwide or via online at www.posonline.com.my. SODA members enjoy various benefits offered solely to members. The series is also available for purchase at the www.eziemall.com.
The public could log on to www.pos.com.my or visit the nearest Pos Malaysia Outlet or the Stamp Gallery at Level Two, Pos Malaysia Headquarters, Dayabumi Complex, Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, they can call 03-2267 2267 ext. 2000 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries.