THE iconic Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah bridge was declared open on March 1, followed by a six-minute fireworks display, but sadly there was no commemorative stamps issue to mark the occasion. There was a massive crowd to buy stamps when the first bridge was opened in 1985.
Pos Malaysia needs to plan well ahead. Many countries have their issues planned at least two years ahead. Pos Malaysia appears to be lethargic in issuing stamps to attract collectors, both locally and internationally.
The Visit Malaysia Year 2014 issue, scheduled for late last year, was a flop. It appeared that Pos Malaysia simply copied pictures that could have landed them in trouble because of copyright laws. There are too many stamps on birds and plants that have little to do with tourism.
Another error was the stamp issued in conjunction with the Royal Visit during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The folders did not make its way to smaller towns and collectors could not buy them. When this year’s Malaysian stamp schedule appeared on the Pos Malaysia website, the Museums and Artefacts issues were making their second round on March 13. The theme was “Unveiling the Hidden Treasures”. It appeared that Pos Malaysia had blacked out the “artefacts” when it was issued last year. The stamp issue had the “black patch” removed. The famous Kuching Museum was not even featured.
For sports, an Olympics issue appeared only once, in 1968. Pos Malaysia should emulate our neighbours, who issue Olympic stamps once every four years.
Pos Malaysia should also consider issuing stamps for the Laureus World Sports Awards, the inaugural Special Olympics Football World Cup, the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur next year and the 2017 Fifa congress in Kuala Lumpur.
2011 marked the 500th year after the arrival of the Portuguese. Thailand had an issue commemorating 500 years of its first contact with the Portuguese. It seems that we have forgotten that Malacca fell to the Portuguese in 1511.Peter Lim, Teluk Intan, Perak NST Letters 17 JUNE 2014 @ 8:06 AM