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
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:-
Malaysian Currency Premium silver stamp RM50, issued on 18th January 2010.
The Baba & Nyonya Heritage copper plated with 22K gold stamp RM50, issued on 1st December 2014.
The Baba & Nyonya Heritage lithography & embroidery stamp RM35, issued on 12th February 2015.
Farm Animals wood stamp RM15, issued on 16th February 2015.
1) Malaysian Currency Premium silver stamp RM50
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!
2) The Baba & Nyonya Heritage copper plated with 22K gold stamp RM50
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.
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.
3) The Baba & Nyonya Heritage lithography & embroidery stamp RM35
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!
4) Farm Animals wood stamp RM15
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.
What will be the next unique non-paper Malaysian stamp?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.