Pos Malaysia Pays Tribute To Malaysian Frontliners Through Latest Stamp Collection, ‘Barisan Hadapan COVID-19’08 Sep 2021
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 SEPTEMBER 2021 – On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic and a week later on 18 March 2020, the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented to curb the rise of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia.
Throughout these incredibly trying times, Malaysian frontliners have come together and worked tirelessly to deliver and meet the needs of Malaysians, risking their personal safety for the wellbeing of the nation.
From our incredible healthcare workers who have worked around the clock to provide care and support, to the security forces who have manned the many checkpoints across the country, Malaysian frontliners have once again shown just how essential they are, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.
In conjunction with National Month, Pos Malaysia is paying tribute to our Malaysian frontliners by launching a set of special edition stamps, to acknowledge and celebrate their courage, commitment and devotion to the country.
Philately and art lovers will be pleased to know that the special edition stamps were designed by Red Hong Yi, a Malaysian contemporary artist also known as “the artist who paints without a paintbrush”. Affectionately known as Red, she creates mixed media installations by reinterpreting everyday materials through the accumulation of objects. By combining traditional craftsmanship and digital technology, she creates work that consider perceptual habits and preconceptions on the chosen objects and subjects. *
The frontliners stamp edition will be available for purchase from Thursday, 9 September 2021 on Pos Malaysia’s e-commerce website at www.pos.com.my, 13 General Post offices and selected post offices nationwide.
Exclusively designed in the form of sketches, the set comprises of four stamps with the theme ‘Barisan Hadapan Covid-19’ featuring frontliners from the Ministry of Health (MOH). Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).
Pos Malaysia Berhad’s Group Head of Channel Management & Customer Experience Azmil Othman Merican said, “Pos Malaysia is honoured to issue the ‘Barisan Hadapan COVID-19’ stamp edition. From across the eleven states and two federal territories in West Malaysia to two states and one federal territory in East Malaysia, these unbelievably brave Malaysians have been indispensable in helping all of us get through each day, each week and each month. Whilst this beautiful stamp edition is dedicated to Malaysia’s critical front liners, we are equally proud of our own postmen and couriers, all of whom have worked tirelessly to keep Malaysia connected. Thank you to one and all”.
The launch of the special edition includes 20,000 copies of First Day Covers (FDC) and available for collection at 50 sen each while customers may get both the FDC with stamps at just RM6.50 each. Stamp collectors can cancel their stamps on the FDC with the cancellation mark featuring the image of Covid-19. The folder is on sale for RM6.00 a piece and available in 1,800 quantity. The complete set can be obtained at RM36.50. The face value for each stamp is RM1.50. The stamp sheet has 16 stamps and is obtainable at RM24.00 per piece.
The special edition stamps also features a special printing technique using red invisible ink, revealing the images of the COVID-19 virus when viewed under UV light.
Stamp collectors and the public may sign-up for the Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) to experience a hassle-free process in purchasing the latest stamp issues as well as enjoying exclusive benefits offered by SODA. Those interested to be part of the SODA community can do so by signing up at any post offices nationwide or online at www.posonline.com.my.
For further enquiries regarding stamps and other philatelic products, the Stamp and Philately Unit of Pos Malaysia can be reached via telephone at 03-2267 2267 ext. 2000 or e-mail your queries to [email protected]
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