Malaysia Stamp & Philately Reference Guide
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+ Issue Date     : 26/01/2016
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Special
+ Designer       : Reign Associates Sdn Bhd (Artist: Lim Kooi Yong)
+ Printer        : Cartor Security Printing
+ Printing       : Lithography
+ Paper          : Phosphorized / Phospor Coated
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
+ Orientation    : Vertical
Primates of Malaysia Series II

The Malaysian rainforest is a bio diverse landscape that is home to a total of 19 species of primates. These include the great apes such as orang utans, lesser apes such as gibbons, and a variety of old world monkeys such as macaques, leaf monkeys and proboscis monkeys. The tropical climate of the country features uniform temperature, high humidity and copious rainfall, offering the perfect sanctuary for these primates. Primates are recognised by a suite of morphological characteristics such as having a larger brain relative to its body size, stereoscopic vision and grasping hands and feet, as well as behavioural traits such as grooming and allomothering, or social caring of the young by those other than the biological mother.

In the second continuation of the Primates of Malaysia series, four distinctive species of primates are presented that are part of Malaysia natural heritage - Agile Gibbon, Macaque, Silvered Leaf Money and White-handed Gibbon.

Acknowledgements: 
Junaidi Omar, Head of Educational Department, Zoo Negara Malaysia
Jabatan PERHILITAN


YEAR OF THE MONKEY

In the Chinese zodiac, the Monkey ranks 9th in the 12 zodiac animals. The Year of the Monkey will start from February 8, 2016 (Chinese New Year) and last to January 27, 2017. 2016 being the year of the FIre Monkey is said to be a year of optimism, cheerfulness and a great year to enhance family ties.

Miniature Sheet RM3 + RM3

It features fluorescent ink printing.

Ungka Tangan Hitam (Agile Gibbon)
Hylobates agilis

The agile gibbon, also known as the black-handed gibbon or dark-handed gibbon, has fur that varies from light tan to brown or black. It has an unmistakable facial feature with white eyebrows. Agile gibbons form monogamous bonds, staying together after mating to form a family with an average size of four in a group. After a gestation period of seven months, females give birth to a single offspring. They will care for their offspring until the young gibbon is two years of age. Offspring continue to stay with their parents until they reach sexual maturity at the age of eight years, which they will disperse to look for mates. Agile gibbons are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Southern Thailand and Sumatra, Indonesia.

Stamp 60 sen

Beruk (Macaque)
Macaca nemestrina

The macaque has light brown on its body, white fur on its underside, and dark brown or black hair on the top of its head. Males can be recognised by the mane-like hair around their faces. As skilled climbers, macaques are traditionally trained by farmers to retrieve coconuts and other fruits from trees. They pluck coconuts by twisting the fruit from the stem using their hands and feet. Each macaque is capable of harvesting between 500 and 1,000 coconuts a day. Highly intelligent, macaques are also trained to choose coconuts based on their ripening stages. Macaques are found in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh, India and China.

Stamp 70 sen

Lotong Kelabu (Silvered Leah Monkey)
Trachypithecus cristatus

The silvered leaf money also known as silvery luting or silvery langur, has a dark-skinned face with brown or black silver-tipped fur, giving it the characteristic silvery appearance. The hands and feet of these long-tailed monkeys are hairless and black in colour. In contrast, newborn silvered leaf monkeys have bright orange fur and white-coloured face, hands and feet. Their skin colour changes to black within a few days of birth, and their orange fur changes to the darker colours of the adults after three to five months. Like other primates, females nurse their offspring after birth. Silvered leaf monkeys are found in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand.

Stamp 80 sen

Ungka Tangan Putih (White-handed Gibbon)
Hylobates lar

The white-handed gibbon, also known as par gibbon, has a distinct white fur that surrounds it black face and covers the upper sides of its hands and feet. White-handed gibbons vary in colours, ranging from light cream to dark brown or black based on genetic inheritance. Possessing long arms, white-handed gibbons are remarkably fast and agile in seining from branch to branch. This method of locomotion is known as brachiation (swinging from to limb to tree limb) and is their primary mode of travel besides walking, running, climbing and leaping. White-handed gibbons are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Sumatra, Indonesia.

+ Issue Date     : 03/02/2016
+ Series         : Traditional Dances
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Special
+ Designer       : Hazel Design Sdn Bhd
+ Printer        : Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd
+ Printing       : Lithography
+ Paper          : Phosphorized / Phospor Coated
+ Watermark      : SPM
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
+ Orientation    : Vertical
Pos Malaysia will issue its second series on traditional dances tomorrow. “Traditional Dances Series 2” will be featuring movements from the cempaka sari, ribbon dance, odissi, magunatip and rajang be’uh. The stamps are priced at 60sen each.

The handpainted designs are featured in an elongated portrait rectangle measuring 25x60mm.

According to Pos Niaga stamp and philately unit head Diyana Lean Abdullah, this stamp size is a first for Pos Malaysia.

Numbering at 200,000 pieces for each dance style, the unique size had required its printer, Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional, to make special adjustments during the perforation process. They had to be manually inserted at a rate of five stamp sheets, at a time.

The unusual design also sees the borders taking a side placing on the stamp sheets instead of the normal top, bottom or middle positions. Sheets in this series are RM12 for 20 stamps.

Light blue splashes in the background of the stamps, and first day covers, make a unique point in this series. Combine first day cover and all five style of dances and you will find a blue ribbon running across in a continuous line.

First day covers with the cancellation stamp of the hamsasya mudra, a symbol of peace, will be available only on issue day.

The print run for first day covers is limited to 35,000 pieces.

Account holders of Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) will enjoy the privilege of receiving their first day covers with stamps that have been stuck without gaps in between.

This means the blue ribbon running across the envelope and stamps will run in a seamless flow.

Diyana estimates there would only be some 10,000 of such first day covers carrying this subtle difference.

Included in the limited-edition list is the folder, featuring all five dances. Priced at RM6.35 each, only 2,000 pieces are available.

+ Issue Date     : 07/03/2016
+ Series         : Scented Flowers
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Special
+ Designer       : World Communications Network Resources (M) Sdn Bhd
+ Printer        : Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
+ Printing       : Lithography
+ Paper          : Phosphorized / Phospor Coated
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
+ Orientation    : Vertical

+ Issue Date     : 24/04/2016
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Special
+ Designer       : Hazel Design Sdn Bhd
+ Printer        : Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
+ Printing       : Lithography
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
+ Orientation    : Vertical
Date Of Sale 29 April 2016 at all states except all Pos Outlets in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu & Johor
02 May 2016 Date of sale at states of Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu & Johor

Paper: Tullis Russel High Reading Yellow/Green Phosphor Gummed Paper

+ Issue Date     : 26/05/2016
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Special
+ Designer       : World Communications Network Resources (M) Sdn Bhd
+ Printer        : Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V.
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
Stamp Paper: 110 gsm stamp paper

+ Issue Date     : 28/06/2016
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Designer       : Reign Associates Sdn Bhd
+ Printer        : Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Square
Stamp Paper: Tullis Rusell High Reading Yellow / Green Phosphor Gummed Stamp Paper 103gsm

+ Issue Date     : 27/07/2016
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Special
+ Designer       : Reign Associates Sdn Bhd
+ Printer        : Joh. Enchedé Stamps B.V.
+ Printing       : Lithography
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
+ Orientation    : Square
102 gsm PVA Gummed OBA FREE Stamp Paper

+ Issue Date     : 23/08/2016
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Special
+ Designer       : Reign Associates Sdn Bhd
+ Printer        : Joh. Enchedé Stamps B.V. The Netherland
+ Printing       : Lithography
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
Paper: 102 gsm TR8 OBA free stamp paper

Lesser Mouse-deer: Kancil (Tragulus kanchil)
Stingless Bee: Lebah Kelulut (Meliponula ferruginea)
Wild Betel: Kaduk (Piper sarmentosum)
Malayan Peacock-pheasant: Merak Pongsu (Polyplectron malacense)
Common Green Frog: Katak Sawah Hijau (Rana erythraea)
Asiatic Softshell Turtle: Labi-labi (Amyda cartilaginea)
Mahseer: Kelah (Tor tambroides)

+ Issue Date     : 15/09/2016
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Special
+ Printer        : Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V., The Netherlands
+ Printing       : Lithography
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
Stamp Paper: 102 gsm PVA Gummed OBA FREE Stamp Paper

+ Issue Date     : 01/10/2016
+ Series         : International Definitive Series
+ Classification : Postage Stamp
+ Emission       : Definitive / General Issue
+ Designer       : Reign Associates Sdn Bhd
+ Printer        : Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd
+ Printing       : Lithography
+ Paper          : Phosphorized / Phospor Coated
+ Watermark      : SPM
+ Perforations   : 14
+ Separations    : Normal Perforations
+ Gum Type       : Gum
+ Shape          : Rectangular
Date of Issue : 1 October 2016
Date of Sale : 3 October 2016 for states of Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu & Johor
4 October 2016 for other states.

This issue is considered one of the most expensive in Malaysia's philatelic history.
 
Item  Price (RM) 
 Stamps 38.80 
 Sheetlets    388.00 
 FDC 0.55 
 FDC with Stamps    39.35 
 Folder 6.35 
473.05 

POS Malaysia will be introducing international stamps effective 1 October 2016. This is to comply with GST regulations which require separate stamps for domestic and international mail.

All international mail must be affixed with international stamps, which will feature the words International / Antarabangsa. All other types of stamps may only be used for domestic mail.

For collectors, only stamps were GST-free, first day cover and folder will have 6% GST surcharged.