06 BRIDGE: Penang Bridges

Penang (Pearl of the Orient) or Pulau Pinang is one of the thirteen states in Malaysia located at northern Peninsular Malaysia. Penang consists of Penang Island (Prince of Wales Island) and Seberang Perai (Province Wellesley) at mainland. They are linked by two bridges, i.e. Penang Bridge and Penang Second Bridge. There is Ferry service as well linking Penang Island and the mainland.

Penang Bridge:-

Penang Bridge connects Perai on mainland side with Gelugor on Island side. It is 13.5km with a length of 8.4km over the sea. The idea was brought up by the second Malaysian Prime Minister, the late YAB Tun Hj. Abdul Razak and the planning commenced in 1960. The construction began in 1982 by the Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company (Korea) Ltd from South Korea and the United Engineers Malaysia Berhad. The Penang Bridge was officially opened on 3rd August 1985 by the then 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad. He drove across the bridge in a red national car, Proton Saga. On 14 September 1985, it was officially opened to traffic by the fourth Governor of Penang, Tun Dr. Awang Hassan.

Currently, Penang Bridge is the second longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth longest bridge in Southeast Asia. It is maintained by PLUS Expressways.

Complete Concordant Penang Bridge FDC with PERAI, GELUGOR, UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA(USM) and PULAU PINANG philately bureau cancellations.
FDC brochure with PERAI and USM cancellations.

Penang Second Bridge:-

Penang Second Bridge also known as Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, named after the fourteenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia), the late Tuanku Abdul Halim Maudzam Shah of Kedah. It connects Batu Kawan on mainland side with Batu Maung on Island side. The construction began in 2008 by China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd and UEM Builders Sdn Bhd and it was completed in 2014. The total length of the bridge is 24km with 16.9km over the sea. The bridge was officially opened by the then sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 1st March 2014 20:30 MST and was opened to traffic on the next day.

Currently, Penang Second Bridge is the longest bridge in Malaysia and the second longest bridge in Southeast Asia. It is maintained by Jabatan Kedua Sdn Bhd.

Complete Concordant FDC with hand chop of post offices SUNGAI BAKAP, SIMPANG AMPAT, BATU MAUNG plus philately bureau BUTTERWORTH and PULAU PINANG cancellations.
Back image of FDC showing Penang Second Bridge photo.
FDC made from Jambatan Kedua Sdn. Bhd. company cover with BUTTERWORTH & PULAU PINANG cancellations.

Quiz: Which is the current longest bridge in Southeast Asia?

05 SPORTS: First in Asia

Sports is an element in our life, either we involve in it for our physical fitness or we take it as an entertainment by watching the match. Sports is an important “investment” to a country as well because of it’s high returns for certain internationally well received sports events such as Olympic Games, Formula One Grand Prix, FIFA world cup, World Tennis Championship, The World Cup of Golf, etc.It is a prestige to a nation by winning an international sports title. Traditionally, most of the well received international sports events are mainly being held in western countries. I would like to cover few international sports events which were hosted by Asian countries for their first time.

  1. Summer Olympic Games
  2. Commonwealth Games
  3. FIFA World Cup
  4. FIFA World Women’s Football Championship
  5. Formula One Grand Prix

1. Summer Olympic Games

Olympic games or Olympiad, is a major international multi-sports event and it is also viewed as the highest prestige title in sports event. Ancient Olympic games were held in Olympia, Greece from 8th century BC to 4th century AD. The first modern Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. It was governed by International Olympic Committee(IOC) which was founded by French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1894. Since then it was held once every four years.

The first Asian country to host the Summer Olympic games was Japan in 1964. It was held in Tokyo from 10th October to 24th October 1964. It was also known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad. These games were also the first to be telecast internationally without the need for tapes to be flown overseas. Japan will be hosting 32th edition Olympiad — 2020 Summer Olympic games making Japan the first Asian country to host Summer Olympic games for twice. However due to COVID-19 pandemic hits, 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games was rescheduled to July 2021. First in the history as well!

For further reading about Tokyo Olympic:-

Tokyo 1964 XVIII Olympiad FDC on opening ceremony day.
First flight cover for Lufthansa LH646 from Berlin to Tokyo

2. Commonwealth Games

Like Summer Olympic games, Commonwealth Games is also a major international multi-sports event held quadrennially since 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It involved all the athletes from Commonwealth Nations.

Malaysia became the first Asian country to host the XVI Commonwealth games in Kuala Lumpur from 11th September to 21th September 1998. It was well known as SUKOM 98. This games also recorded few “First” in the history, ie the first country to host the games with the head of nation other than the Head of the Commonwealth, the first country to host the games whereby English is not their first language and the first time ever the games included team sports!

SUKOM 98 Opening Ceremony Souvenir Cover with serial number printed on cover.

3. FIFA World Cup

FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) world cup is quadrennial international football event contested by the senior men’s national teams from six major continents of the world. It was first held in 1930 by Uruguay. So far, 17 countries have hosted the event with Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, and Mexico hosted twice.

Asia first hosted FIFA World Cup in 2002 jointly by Japan and South Korea, from 31th May to 30th June. It was also the first time such event jointly hosted by more than one country. Brazil won her 5th titles of the FIFA World Cup in 2002 against Germany by scoring 2-0 in final held at Yokohama International Stadium, Japan.

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan FDC issued by Korea Post on opening ceremony day.
Stamp sheet issued by Korea with 32 countries flags printed and 6 special rounded stamps representing each continents of the world respectively.

4. FIFA World Women’s Football Championship

The first FIFA Women World Cup was held in Guangdong, China from 16-30 November 1991. United States won the first FIFA Women World Cup title against Norway. Like the male counterpart, it is held every four years with the latest 8th edition in 2019. Six countries have hosted the event with China and United States hosted twice. In 2007, China hosted the FIFA World Cup for second time in Shanghai. Interestingly, China was supposed to host the Championship in 2003 but due to the SARS outbreak in the country, it was moved to United States.

FDC with dated cancellation on opening ceremony day
FDC: back image

5. Formula One Grand Prix

“Formula” refers to the set of rules that all the participants’ cars must follow whereas “Grand Prix” means grand prizes in French and refers to a series races on purpose-build circuits. Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regulate the Formula races. There are three divisions or tiers formula races, i.e. Formula One (F1), Formula Two (F2) and Formula Three (F3). F1 is the highest class single-seater auto racing and has been the premier form of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950. Formula One cars are the fastest regulated road-course racing cars in the world.

Traditionally, F1 championship are mainly based in Europes. It is then gradually expanded to non-European countries with Argentina hosted the first South American Grand Prix in 1953, followed by Africa (Morocco in 1958), Asia (Japan in 1976), Oceania (Australia in 1985) and Middle East (Bahrain in 2004). Malaysia hosted F1 Grand Prix from 1999-2017 in Sepang circuit.

Singapore hosted the first F1 night race in 2008 at Marina Bay Street circuit on 28 September 2008, 20:00 SST. Singapore is the first country in the world to held F1 championship at night.

FDC of 2008 F1 Singapore Grand Prix
FDC brochure

With the COVID-19 pandemic hits, what will be the fate of the major sports events across the world?

04 MARINE: Turtles

Turtles, tortoises and terrapins are belong to reptiles of the order Testudines. They have existed on Earth for more than 100 million years. Put it in simple terms, turtles are sea creatures whereas tortoises are land creatures. Terrapins live in sea as well as land. For this writing, I will focus on turtles.

Turtles are endangered marine animals. There are seven species known. Four of the seven species can be found around the world in tropical and subtropical waters whereas another three species are more confined to Atlantic, Australia and Mediterranean respectively. They are:-

  • Kemp’s ridley turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) : it is the rarest species and mainly found in Gulf of Mexico.
  • Flatback turtles (Natator depressus) : mainly found in northern Australia or southern Papua New Guinea continents.
  • Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) : mainly found in Mediterranean continents.

The remaining four species which can be found in Malaysia are:-

  • Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Penyu Karah/Sisik
    – states: Sabah, Melacca, Terengganu, Johor
  • Olive ridleys turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Penyu Lipas
    -states: Penang
  • Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Penyu Agar
    -states: Sabah, Sarawak, Penang, Perak, Pahang, Terengganu, Johor
  • Leatherbacks turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Penyu Belimbing
    • -states: Terengganu

Source: Internet – Turtle Conservation Centre

There are six stamp issues with specific turtle species printed that had been launched by Pos Malaysia thus far.

  1. National Definitive-Animal series
  2. Marine Life 3rd series
  3. Turtles of Malaysia
  4. International Year of the Reef
  5. Underwater Life
  6. National Definitive-Marine series
  1. National Definitive-Animal series

The first turtle species appeared in Malaysian stamp was Leatherbacks turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) in $1 stamp of 8v third national definitive stamps issued on 4th January 1979. The concordant cancellation is Kuala Terengganu, as this species is only found in Terengganu state.

1979 Animal National Definitive FDC (partial) with MELAKA cancellation.

2. Marine Life 3rd series

Pos Malaysia had issued six series of marine life stamps. The first series on 17th December 1988 followed by second series on 29th June 1989 (Crustaceans), third series on 17th November 1990 (Turtles), fourth series on 21th December 1992 (Corals), fifth series on 10th November 2001 (stamp week) and sixth series on 9th October 2004 (stamp week).

There were four turtles stamps i.e. Leatherbacks turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Olive ridleys turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), with the stamps’ value of 15cents, 20cents, 40cents and $1 respectively. I supposed this is the only issue with complete four turtles species printed thus far. Of note Olive ridleys turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) is the rarest species and it can be seen in Kerachut Beach Turtle Conservation Centre in Penang.

Marine Life Series III FDC with KL cancellation. Note the Penang Pantai Kerachut Turtle Conservation Centre chop as well as the Department of Fisheries (Penang Branch) chop with the signature of the chiefs. The Pantai Kerachut Turtle Conservation Centre is known for the rare species of Olive ridleys turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). Courtesy of Mr Daniel Ho.

3. Turtles of Malaysia

This stamp booklet issue consisted of two turtles’ images with same 30cents values in the sheet of ten stamps. The two species were Leatherbacks turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and Green turtle (Chelonia mydas). It was issued on 26th June 1995.

FDC made of stamp booklet with MELAKA cancellation.

4. International Year of the Reef

On 23th August 1997, International Year of the Reef ’97 was issued. It consisted of 4v stamps (20cents, 30cents, 50cents and RM1) and RM2 Miniature Sheet. Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) was printed in RM2 MS.

Composite FDC with concordant KUCHING, Sarawak cancellation.

5. Underwater Life

It was a long gap until 21th March 2012 when the Underwater Life was issued with 4v stamps (all 60 cents) and RM5 MS. Again, Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) was printed in MS along with other two creatures. Note that Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) is the commonest sea turtles which can be found in few states of our country listed above.

FDC of 4v stamps.
FDC of MS with KL cancellation.

6. National Definitive-Marine series

The eighth national definitive stamps was issued on 18th June 2020 with the topic of Iconic Marine Life. It consisted of 5v stamps and a Miniature Sheet. For the second time (after 1990 Marine Life III series), Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was printed on RM1.30 stamp as well as RM5 MS.

FDC of 5v stamps. Concordant MASJID TANAH & MELAKA cancellations for the RM1.30 Hawksbill turtle. Courtesy of Mr KY Sum.
FDC of Hawksbill turtle MS with Concordant MASJID TANAH & MELAKA cancellations. Courtesy of Mr KY Sum.

For more information about the turtles in Malaysia, kindly visit World Wildlife Fund of Malaysia website at the link:-

https://www.wwf.org.my/about_wwf/what_we_do/species_main/turtles/

03 MISC: Unique “Premium” Stamps

Postage stamp, defined as “ a small adhesive piece of paper of specified value issued by a national Post Office to be affixed to a letter or parcel to indicate the amount of postage paid “, by Oxford English Dictionary. The first stamp in the world, invented by an Englishman Sir Rowland Hill, was issued 180 years ago in United Kingdom in May 1840 — the well known “Penny Black”. With advance in technology, the piece of paper also has underwent evolution. Advanced and innovative printing technologies such as special materials(eg metals, silk), embroidery, fluorescent effect, gold or silver printing, emboss printing, special odour and taste, unique shapes etc are being produced nowadays. A review article titled “Stamps of Aprroval” by Singapore National Heritage Board covered different unique stamps of the world: https://www.roots.sg/learn/stories/stamps-of-approval/story

Another article comprehensively covering “The Unusual Stamps and MS of Malaysia”, written by Genevieve V. A. Gee and Dr Indraneil Das, can be assessed via the link: https://myfdc.me/articles/the-unusual-stamps-and-ms-of-malaysia/

The first Malaysia stamps for use throughout Malaya were issued on 5th May 1957 with 4v General Issue stamps. Since then nearly 600 stamp issues were introduced by Pos Malaysia to date. In this blog I would like to write on Malaysia unique stamps made from non-paper materials. From my own record, there were four stamp issues:-

  1. Malaysian Currency Premium silver stamp RM50, issued on 18th January 2010.
  2. The Baba & Nyonya Heritage copper plated with 22K gold stamp RM50, issued on 1st December 2014.
  3. The Baba & Nyonya Heritage lithography & embroidery stamp RM35, issued on 12th February 2015.
  4. Farm Animals wood stamp RM15, issued on 16th February 2015.

1) Malaysian Currency Premium silver stamp RM50

Premium stamp portfolio cover

From my personal record, this is the first non-paper stamp issued by Pos Malaysia. This premium stamp is made of 999 purity silver weigh 1.12 grams with face value of RM50. I supposed it was also the first highest single-value stamp ever issued by Pos Malaysia that time. Interestingly, it is the first Malaysian stamp ever issued for dual purposes:- I) to commemorate 50 years of the Central Bank of Malaysia ( Bank Negara Malaysia ), and also II) to complement the Pos Malaysia stamps issue of Malaysian Currency on 18th January 2010. The stamp featured the commemorative gold proof coin of face value RM50 issued by the Central Bank of Malaysia on 8th February 2009. A RM50 gold coin images on a RM50 silver stamp!

The FDC of RM50 silver premium stamp with Pulau Pinang cancellation

2) The Baba & Nyonya Heritage copper plated with 22K gold stamp RM50

Technical details of copper gold plated stamp

The Baba & Nyonya Heritage stamps was first issued by Pos Malaysia on 29th November 2013 with 4v stamps and a nicely designed beautiful RM5 miniature sheet featuring image of Nyonya Kebaya Embroidery. It had won 4th Place for Wiener Internationale Postwertzeichen Ausstellung Grand Prix 2013 in Austria.

The last page of RM50 gold plated stamp mini folder showing the won prize

During the first day of World Youth Stamp Exhibition 2014 held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 1st — 6th December 2014, Pos Malaysia issued this RM50 copper metal plated with 22K gold stamp.

The FDC of RM5 MS issued on 29th November 2013 with Jalan Laksamana, Melacca cancellation.

3) The Baba & Nyonya Heritage lithography & embroidery stamp RM35

RM35 lithography & embroidery stamp

RM35 embroidery stamp & technical details

This lovely lithography & embroidery Nyonya Kebaya RM35 stamp was issued on 12th February 2015 (about 2 months after RM50 gold plated metal stamp was issued) at philatelic bureau Kuala Lumpur. Embroidery on embroidery stamp!

FDC of RM35 embroidery MS stamp. Courtesy of Mr KY Shum

4) Farm Animals wood stamp RM15

Farm Animals RM15 wood MS

This wood miniature sheet stamp was issued together with 3v stamps and RM5 same imaged MS of Farm Animals issue, on 16th February 2015, just 4 days after the RM35 embroidery stamp was issued. The special wood MS stamp was available for sale to public throughout Malaysia’s post offices.

FDC of RM15 wood MS. Courtesy of Mr KY Shum

What will be the next unique non-paper Malaysian stamp?

02 SCHOOLS: JS 100

Schools is another interesting topics in philately. There were few stamp issues launched by Pos Malaysia in recent years to commemorate centennial anniversary of few schools in Malaysia. There is a full review article titled “A Philatelic Journey of the Schools in Malaysia” via the link https://myfdc.me/articles/a-philatelic-journey-of-the-schools-in-malaysia/

In Penang State itself, there were three schools stamp issues launched by Pos Malaysia three years consecutively, i.e. Penang Free School Bicentenary on 21st October 2016, Chung Ling High School Centenary on 9th February 2017 and Jit Sin School Centenary Anniversary on 9th October 2018. In this blog, I would like to share my collections of my mother school Jit Sin Centenary Anniversary (JS 100) issue.

HISTORY:-

Jit Sin School was originated from “Yi Xue Tong” (义学堂)located at current taoist Tua Pek Kong Temple on Pasar Road, Bukit Mertajam, Penang mainland, on 2nd March 1918. The school name “Jit Sin” (日新)was taken from Chinese poem meaning renewed or reform (‘to reinvent oneself continuously’—according to Pos Malaysia brochure ). It started off as functioning charity primary school that time. In 1931, in view of increasing students number, the school was extended to Cross Street. On 10th October 1949, three schools i.e. Jit Sin, Zhong Zheng and Sin You combined into a single school– Jit Sin School. In 1950, Jit Sin Secondary School was established for further education. Two years later, in 1952, Jit Sin School was shifted to new compound sponsored by Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple committee at Aston Road. In 1962, Jit Sin Secondary School was further divided into Jit Sin High School (public) and Jit Sin Independent High School (private).

JS 100 folder page 2

Jit Sin Independent High School

It was established since 1962 and currently located at Aston Road, Bukit Mertajam city centre. It is a private secondary school. The school was honoured ” 5 stars private education ” by Malaysian Ministry of Education in 2013. It is the largest independent secondary school in northern region.

Cover made from school official envelope
Maxicard: Jit Sin Independent High School

SMJK JIt Sin

SMJK Jit Sin or Jit Sin High School (JSHS) previously shared the same school compound with Jit Sin Independent High School at Aston Road until 1992 when it was moved to new compound in Taman Sri Rambai. JSHS was awarded Cluster School of Excellence (Sekolah Kluster Kecemerlangan) in 2011 and it was the first vernacular secondary school in Penang to obtain this premier status.

Cover made from school official envelope
Maxicard: JSHS

SRJK (C) Jit Sin A & B

SRJK (C) Jit Sin A & B or Jit Sin Chinese Primary School A&B were two separate primary schools located within the same compound. They were previously shared the same school compound with Jit Sin Independent High School until 1965 when they were shifted to the current location at Jalan Berapit. Since I am the alumnus of Jit Sin A, I only focus my JS 100 Philately collection on Jit Sin A. Note that Jit Sin B was the mother school for our Malaysia’s Ex-Badminton world champion player Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

Cover made from school official envelope
Maxicard: SRJK (C) Jit Sin A&B
Maxicard back image with signature by postcards designer

STAMP ISSUE:-

Jit Sin School Union, basically Jit Sin alumni society, posted an announcement via their website on 27th August 2018 for the limited edition JS 100 stamps set. With donations of RM120, the donor would be able to get the limited edition set which include 3 full stamp sheetlets, 1 miniature sheet (MS) , a folder, 2 FDCs with special setenant 3V stamps and MS with special “JIT SIN SCHOOL PULAU PINANG” cancellation, 12 schools postcards and a beautiful nylon bag. Each donor was limited to only five sets. There were initially 8,000 limited sets produced. Subsequently, another 2,000 sets were added which total up 10,000 limited sets.

12 beautiful Jit Sin Schools postcards.

Pos Malaysia posted a revised tentative stamp schedule on 25th September 2018 with the note that JS 100 issue sale date had been postponed to 25th October 2018.

On 28th September 2018, two commemorative covers was issued by Penang Philately Society (PPS) and it was open for sale to PPS members.

PPS commemorative covers

Jit Sin Centenary Anniversary Grand Dinners were two days events held in Jit Sin Independent High School from 6th-7th October 2018, to celebrate such an auspicious moment. On the 6th October Grand Dinner, JS 100 stamps issue was first introduced officially by the committee. According to the introduction, the stamps and the MS were printed in France by La Poste. Due to technical issue, it’s sale date was postponed to 25th October instead of 9th October 2018. Interestingly, during the anniversary dinner, Jit Sin School committee also announced a unifying school logo for all four schools. The new silver logo was printed on the Pos Malaysia JS 100 first day cover as well as 3v stamps and MS.

Introduction of JS 100 stamps, MS and FDC during Jit Sin centenary anniversary grand dinner.

9th October 2018 marked the date of issue of JS 100. Of note, 9th October is the anniversary date for Jit Sin School. I was very lucky to get my PPS commemorative covers early. Hence, I headed to Bukit Mertajam post office(PO) to get the PO hand-chop on my covers to mark THE important date.

On the 12th October 2018, Pos Malaysia officially launched JS 100 stamps issue via media conference at Jit Sin Independent High School, Bukit Mertajam together with stamp issue committee. SODA members were able to get the special FDCs with setenant stamps and “JIT SIN SCHOOL” cancellations.These were the links to few Chinese papers’ reports. A short video clip was included in the reports as well.

https://www.chinapress.com.my/20181012/把学校印上邮票-日新百年校庆再搞新意/

https://www.kwongwah.com.my/20181012/大山脚日新创校100周年-发行纪念邮票首日封(视频/

JS 100 stamps issue poster

Finally, after such a long 16 days waiting period, public was able to get the stamps and FDC from post office throughout Malaysia on 25th October 2018. I first headed to Penang General Post Office. The crowd was there even before post office opened! It was a bit out of my expectation to see quite a huge crowd in Penang Island since Jit Sin School is located in mainland. After completing “PULAU PINANG” philatelic bureau cancellation on my covers, I went back to mainland Bukit Mertajam. I first stopped at Kota Permai mini post office which is the nearest post office to SMJK Jit Sin. I still remember there was a mini post office Taman Sri Rambai previously, which was located very near to the school and it would be the best concordant cancellation to SMJK Jit Sin if it had not closed down. Next stop was Jalan Kulim mini post office. Both Jit Sin Independent and primary schools are very near to Bukit Mertajam post office. Since I chose Bukit Mertajam as the concordant PO for Jit Sin primary school ( the only PO nearby, 1.8km distance ), I decided to make Jalan Kulim mini post office as the concordant PO to JS Independent High School ( 1.7km distance ). My final stop was Bukit Mertajam PO. The philatelic bureau cancellation “BUKIT MERTAJAM” was very hot that day! Post officer Bukit Mertajam was very kind to allow public to use the cancellation until 27th October 2018, Saturday due to very high demand.

PPS commemorative covers, the only covers that had the chance for 9.10.2018 PO cancellation.
PPS covers (back). Note the QR code. Maybe Pos Malaysia can consider QR code for future FDC.
Pos Malaysia FDCs with respective schools’ cancellations and the principals signatures. Both principals of Jit Sin Independent and SMJK high school were retired in 2019.
Beautifully designed image of Pos Malaysia FDC’s back image showing the floral emblem of Jit Sin Independent High School—Cassia fistula (Golden Shower Tree) and JS schools’ motto.
Souvenir cover distributed for free by JS 100 committee in JS Independent High School with every purchase of RM20 philatelic products on 25 October 2018. Note that this was an error cover with JS 100 logo on right top which was supposed to be at right bottom.

To complete JS 100 philately journey, Pos Malaysia also launched setenant strip sheets for JS 100 on 17th November 2018 during stamp week 2018 events at Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau.

JS 100 setenant sheet

With that, as a core Jit Sin alumnus, I had completed my philatelic task for my beloved mother schools! May the Sun continues to shine for the next centennial years~~

P/S: Another premier school in Bukit Mertajam, BM High School, mother school for our fifth Prime Minister Tun Dato’ Seri Haji Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, will be celebrating it’s 100th anniversary in year 2027!

01 SPORTS: The Glorious Moments

Sports is one of my favourite themes. Pos Malaysia had issued around 25 sports related stamp issues. The first sports issue was on 14 December 1965 for 3rd South East Asian Peninsular Games with 3v stamps. It was followed by Mexico Olympic Games issue on 12 October 1968 with 2v stamps. For this article, I would like to focus on the “glorious moments” sports issues in Malaysia. As from my records, there were 6 issues in total which include 4 stamp issues and 2 pre-stamp issues:-

  • Thomas Cup Champion: 2v stamps and a miniature sheet(MS), issued on 25th July 1992.
  • The Glorious Moments of the Gold Medalists for The KL 98 Commonwealth Games: 2 large MS (1v and 9v), issued on 12th December 1998.
  • AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 Champion: 2v stamps, issued on 28th February 2011.
  • Paralympics Golden Moments in Rio 2016: 1v stamp, issued on 20th December 2016
  • SEA Games KL 2017 Kita Juara: Pre-Stamp issued on 19th December 2017
  • 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 Achievement: Pre-Stamp issued on 15th November 2018

Thomas Cup Champion

Thomas cup was the most prestigious international badminton team competition first introduced by Sir George Alan Thomas from England in 1949.The competition was initially held every three years until 1982 when it has been conducted every two years.The 1992 Thomas & Uber Cup was held in Kuala Lumpur from 5-16 May at Stadium Negara. Malaysia won in finals with 3-2 against Indonesia. Malaysia has won five Thomas cup titles in 1949, 1952, 1955, 1967 and 1992.

FDC 2V with Kuala Lumpur cancellation
FDC MS with Kuala Lumpur cancellation
Presentation Pack cover
Presentation Pack stamps with technical details
FDC (back image) of Thomas Cup KL 2000

The Glorious Moments of the Gold Medalists for The KL 98 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games was first held in 1930 and it has been conducted every four years. It is an international multi-sport events joined by athletes from Commonwealth Nations. The 1998 XVI Commonwealth Games, also being called SUKOM 98 was held in Bukit Jalil Stadium (main stadium) from 11-21 September 1998. Malaysia is the first Asian country to hold the event. Malaysia won 10 gold medals and ranked number four in SUKOM 98. It was such a glorious moment in Malaysia sport’s history!

Opening ceremony FDC with Bukit Jalil stadium cachet and cancellation
Gold medalists FDC #1 with Kuala Lumpur cancellation and Malaysia Boleh cachet
Gold medalists FDC #2 with Kuala Lumpur cancellation and Malaysia Boleh cachet
The image of the back of the cover #1 and #2 form a full picture of all the medalists with the Prime Minister and the Youth & Sports Minister in the middle. Interesting, isn’t it?

AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 Champion

The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup is a biennial football competition participated by Southeast Asia national teams. It is accredited by FIFA was first held in Singapore in 1996. The AFF Championship cup was initially sponsored by Tiger Beer (Tiger Cup) from 1996-2004 editions, followed by Japanese auto-company Suzuki from 2008 onwards.The 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup was hosted by Indonesia and Vietnam. Malaysia won her first title of Suzuki Cup in 2010 with 4-2 on aggregate against Indonesia in finals.

FDC
Full stamp sheetlet #1 with football field design
Full stamp sheetlet #2 with football design

Paralympics Golden Moments in Rio 2016

Malaysia celebrate her glory in 2016 Rio Paralympic Games for winning gold medals for first time in history by Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi in Men’s 100m, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli in Men’s Shot Put and Abdul Latif Romly in Men’s Long Jump. Gold medalists Mohamad Ridzuan and Abdul Latif are from Perlis whereas Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli is from Gombak, Selangor.

Full stamp sheetlet
FDC with the signatures of gold medalists Mohamad Ridzuan (left), Abdul Latif Romly (middle), Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli (right) and designer at the left bottom.
FDC with Kangar (Perlis) cancellation.

SEA Games KL 2017 Kita Juara

Southeast Asia (SEA) Games is a biennial multi-sports event participated by current 11 ASEAN countries. In 1959, Thailand hosted the very first event which was called Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games. In 1977, it has changed its name to Southeast Asian Games. Malaysia was top-ranked in the gold medal lists in 2001 and 2017.

Pre-stamp FDC (front)
Pre-stamp FDC (back)

18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 Achievement

Asian Games, or Asiad, like Olympic Games is quadrennial multi-sports event participated by athletes from Asian continents since it’s first edition held in New Delhi, India 1951. Malaysia’s highest records in Asiad were Bangkok 1966 ( ranked number 4 with 7 gold medals) and Guangzhou 2010 ( ranked number 10 with 9 gold medals and total of 41 medals).

Pre-stamp FDC (front)
Pre-stamp FDC (back)

Malaysia to host Asiad in 2030?

https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2019/03/15/vision-2030-as-malaysia-bids-to-host-asian-games

FOOTNOTE:

For completeness.

Malaysia also hosted few other international sports events and these were the stamps issued by Pos Malaysia to commemorate the auspicious events:-

  1. International Cricket Council Trophy, 24th March 1997
  2. 9th World Youth Football Championship, 16th June 1997
  3. Malaysia Sepang Grand Prix 1999, 17th October 1999
  4. World Cup Golf Malaysia 99, 18th November 1999
  5. World Table Tennis Championship, 19th February 2000
  6. Thomas/Uber Cup KL 2000, 11th May 2000
  7. World Cup Hockey, 2nd January 2002
  8. 6th International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championship, 1st August 2008

Next issue? Maybe another Thomas Cup Title or Olympic Gold Medals……

Introduction

A very warm welcome to my website of philatelyfdc.com with my nickname of MY PHILATELY.

I would like to start off my introduction with few philately definitions:-

THEMATIC PHILATELY:-

Thematic philately or topical philately is a big term referring to collection of postage stamps, postal stationery, first day covers, cancellations(postmarks) and other philately materials relating to a particular subject or topic(theme).

CONCORDANT FIRST DAY COVER:-

It refers to postal cancellation(postmark) matching the location, name or theme of particular first day cover issue.

SHARING IS CARING.I am philately collector with special interest in collecting concordant first day covers for certain themes, such as sports, train, school, etc. The main purpose of me creating this blog page is to share my personal collections of certain Malaysian thematic philately issues, concordant first day covers(FDCs) and few postal history. I start collecting FDCs since my primary school days influenced by my classmates. Since then I start to acquire such wonderful hobby and with years and years of experience I became more focus on my philately collection. Of note, I am definitely not a dealer.

I consider Malaysian philatelic issues very interesting and unique. Malaysia is a developing Commonwealth multiracial topical country located in Southeast Asia. Hence Malaysian philatelic issues mostly reflect our unique flora and fauna, elements of our multiethnic culture as well as our colourful social livelihoods. Like other philately collectors, I do collect other countries FDCs as well but end of the day Malaysian FDCs is still my first choice! Undoubtedly the main reason is that I can always have hands on it!

PHILATELY AND LIFE. I am in early middle age group. So like others within the same age group, it is the critical and the busiest period for my job as well as my family. With only 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, I really have very little time for this amazingly “time-consuming” hobby. Nevertheless, it is the hobby that keep my life on! It is the hobby that make my mind open, make my seoul relax, make me more patient and become a more organised person, and definitely make me know my lovely country better! May be those are the phenotypes of philatelists: male, middle to golden age, history experts, wearing spectacles, good looking and most importantly patriotic! Another point I wanted to highlight is that philately especially FDCs is an important history recorders as well. It records down those important moments in the country and society. Unfortunately, some people said it is an extinguishing hobby……


Well, life is unpredictable. Be it an extinguishing or evolving hobby, it is my wonderful hobby. With my tight working schedule in addition to the unpredictable stamps issuing date, I tried my very best occasionally to make my own concordant FDCs collection for few of my favourite stamp issues. Those covers with the watermark “philatelyfdc EXCLUSIVE” are the concordant FDCs made by myself. I can’t wait to share the beauty of the arts with you~~Stay tuned and enjoy reading! I really welcome any comments, critics and suggestions from you.

REFERENCE Throughout the journey, I encounter many friends and really appreciate yours guidance. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge 1) Mr Steven Tan for your excellent well organised and comprehensive Standard Catalogue of Malaysia Stamps, Revenue Stamps & Postal Stationery 1st Edition, and also 2) Mr KY Shum for your brilliant philatelic blog myfdc.me, and last but not least 3) Pos Malaysia for providing quality postal service and philatelic field to Malaysian.