Isnin, 13 Disember 2010

International Stamps Collector: South Pole Expedition

International Stamps Collector: South Pole Expedition: "30th December 2004 - a new world record was set - 22 days from South Pole to Hercules Inlet - ski-sailing by a woman explorer from a..."

South Pole Expedition

30th December 2004 - a new world record was set - 22 days from South Pole to Hercules Inlet - ski-sailing by a woman explorer from an equatorial country, Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir.

Born in May 1965, Datin Paduka Sharifah Mazlina is a lecturer at the Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM). A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Masters in Education (Psychology), Datin Paduka Sharifah Mazlina holds an Honours Degree in Physical Education from University PUTRA Malaysia. She is currently doing her PhD in Sports Psychology in UITM.

The Journey

The Journey began when Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammed issued a challenge on 26th May 2003 to all Malaysians to conquer the Antartic immediately after he and his entourage returned from their visit to the coldest land on earth.

Having heard the challenge and after doing months of research, a sport science lecturer from UITM, Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abd Kadir, decided to have a go. Sharifah's intention was first met with a lot of skepticisms. However, after one and a half years of preparation, which saw her self-financing a mini expedition just to prove her ability, Sharifah finally embarked on an expedition that was beyond expectation.

The historic expedition began on 9th December 2004 at the South Pole. After planting the Malaysian Time Capsule and a copy of the Quran, Sharifah started her journey to set a world record.

The distance from the South Pole to Hercules Inlet is 1,100 km and Sharifah was given 30 days to complete the expedition.

Throughout the journey, she endured extremely cold weather (-60ºC), snow storms, violent katabatik winds, no wind situation, sastrugies, injuries and loneliness to finally arrive at GPS location S79º 58.58' W80º 13.67' in a record time of 22 days on 30th December 2004.

30sen Stamp

The Antartic is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on earth. The weather, strong winds and brutal storms have been synonymous with the Antartic since its discovery and continue to be a major challenge for modern explorers. In the winter, the lowest recorded temperatures (without wind chill) have reached -89ºC (-129ºF). The continent averages 2.9 km (1.5 miles) above sea level, making it 1.5km (almost a mile) higher the global average land height. Each year, the South Pole receives less than an inch of water in the form of snow. This amount of precipitation is similar to that of the Sahara. Katabatic winds, reaching up to 300 km per hour (185 miles per hour), blow out of the continental interior, making the Antartic coastal regions rather stormy.

50sen Stamp

95 years ago, Norwegian explorer Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen became the first man to conquer the South Pole. 93 years later, Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir stood at the same spot to start her journey across the Antartic be ski-sailing. The historic expedition began on 9th December 2004. 22 days later, she reached her destination and set a world record for being the fastest.

RM1 Stamp

Datin Paduka Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir ski-sailed across the Antartic. The method of ski sailing across the Antartic is relatively new. The sail only works at optimum levels when there is wind. The wind has to come from behind the expeditor who then steers the sail from a bar attached to it by strings. The sail used during the expedition varied from 3 metres to 27 metres.

International Stamps Collector: International Stamps Collector: Malaysian Ducks Se...

International Stamps Collector: International Stamps Collector: Malaysian Ducks Se...: "International Stamps Collector: Malaysian Ducks Series: 'uck is the common name for birds from the sub family Anatinae. It is the largest g..."

Mountains in Malaysia

Mountains have always exerted a powerful influence on the human imagination - their lofty heights inspire dreamers and storytellers, and have challenged adventurers through the ages.

Malaysia's mountains are no exception. Peninsular Malaysia's mountains like Gunung Jerai and Gunung Ledang bear a rich folklore and Sabah's highest peak, Gunung Kinabalu, is revered by the local Kadazandusun populace as the resting place of their ancestors.

Beyond the mystique of our mountains, there is equally fascinating reality. With increasing altitude climate gradients are created, which Mother Nature has taken advantage of to create some of Malaysia's most unique flora and fauna. In the hear of the Tropics, our mountains have become cool islands of incredibly rich biodiversity.

Every year, tourists from all over the world come to conquer the slopes of Malaysia's peaks. Our task is not just to preserve the challenge they present to climbers, but the equally important challenge of keeping their beauty and diversity unspoilt. For nature lovers, bird watchers, climbers, botanists and modern-day dreamers and storytellers - they are truly our highest national treasure.

Mount Kinabalu

Gunung Kinabalu is among South East Asia's tallest mountains, towering 4,095 metres above Kinabalu National Park in the heart of Sabah. The mountain's sheer height means its supports ecosystems ranging from tropical forest to sub-alpine conditions. The majority of Borneo's rarest plants, mammals, birds, amphibians and invertebrates live on the slopes of Gunung Kinabalu.

Despite its imposing presence, the main peak is actually fairly straightforward to climb, although Kinabalu's lesser peaks will challenge even experienced mountaineers. The most popular trek is the two-day Summit Trail, which winds through cloud-covered forest where orchids, pitcher plants and rhododendrons bloom and then beyond to a surreal world of granite peaks and steep cliffs. In the year 2000, the mountain and its surrounding area was gazetted as Malaysia's first World Heritage Site - a fitting tribute to Gunung Kinabalu's uniqueness and importance.

Mount Ledang

A recent film has put the name of this mountain on everyone's lips; yet it has always been renown among the local population of Johor, who have passed tales of its resident princess, "Puteri Gunung Ledang" from generation to generation. Although the princess was well known for her riddles, the enduring charm of Gunung Ledang is no mystery at all.It is a popular spot for jungle trekking and picnicking. As one near the summit, there are areas of undisturbed mossy forest with orchids and pitcher plants. From the peak, on a clear day, one enjoys an unrivalled view of the Straits of Malacca, framing the islands of Sumatra in the distance.

Also known as mount Ophir, Gunung Ledang is the highest mountain in Johor at 1,276 metres and appears to be one of Malaysia's most visited mountains. Another attraction to be found in Gunung Ledang is a 50-metre waterfall, which cool water cascades onto large boulders, splitting into rushing rapids and culminating in a large sandy pool. The "Puteri Waterfalls" is a major tourist attraction in Johor.

Mount Jerai

Much like Gunung Ledang to the South, Kedah's Gunung Jerai is home to many fascinating local legend. It was once reputed to be the abode of "Raja Bersiong" (the King of Fangs) whose private bathing pool has been said to be located in the vicinity. Whether one embraces these legends or not, the real historical significance of Gunung Jerai is indisputable. Even before the Malacca Sultanate became famous, Indian and Arab merchants had established footholds in the Malay Peninsula at the Merbok estuary in Jerai's foothills.

For the modern day traveller, Gunung Jerai is still enticing. Just a short drive away from Alor Setar, the mountain rewards visitors with numerous picnic spots and natural attractions. The Sungei Teroi Forest Recreation Park is a calming retreat festooned with rhododendrons, orchids, pitcher plants and many varieties of ferns and herbs. On a clear day atop the peak, visitors can glimpse the magnificient view of the gently rolling padi fields of Kedah, stretching up to Perlis and the islands of Penang in the south and Langkawi in the north-west.

Mount Mulu

Gunung Mulu is the second highest peak in Sarawak, standing at 2,376 metres. With its sister peaks , Gunung Api (1,750 metres) and Gunung Benarat (1,585 metres), it dominates Gunung Mulu National Park; yet what lies within and beneath these mountains is just as impressive as what lies above. The highlights of this natural wonder are record-breakers in their own right: the world's largest cave passage (Deer Cave), the world's largest natural chamber (Sarawak Chamber) and the longest cave in South East Asia (Clearwater Cave). Over 200 kilometres of Mulu's cave passages have been surveyed, but this is thought to represent just 30 to 40% of the actual total.

With its deeply incised canyons, wild rivers, rain-forest covered mountains, spectacular limestone pinnacles, cave passages and decorations, Mulu has outstanding scenic values. A must-see attraction is the "Pinnacles" - dramatic limstone spikes reaching up to 45 metres, that adorn the slopes of Gunung Api.

International Stamps Collector: Malaysian Ducks Series

International Stamps Collector: Malaysian Ducks Series: "uck is the common name for birds from the sub family Anatinae. It is the largest group of waterfowl (aquatic birds), and are normally fou..."

Malaysian Ducks Series

uck is the common name for birds from the sub family Anatinae. It is the largest group of waterfowl (aquatic birds), and are normally found near water areas such as ponds, streams and rivers. They may be found in both fresh and saltwater areas. Ducks are related to swans and geese and are the smallest of them in size.

Ducks can live from 2 to 12 years, depending on species. The female incubates and rears the young. They have webbed feet which acts as paddles when they swim. Because of the webbed feet, ducks waddles instead of walks.

Ducks thrive on a variety of food sources like grass, aquatic plants, insects, fish and others. They breed quite easily, and have a lot of economic potential. There are now duck-based industries that farm and breed ducks for their meat, eggs and feathers.

Annas Crecca

The Common Teal or Teal (Anas crecca) is common and widespread in Asia. This migratory duck spends the winters south to Africa and South Asia. Is is usually between 34 cm to 38 cm in length with a wingspan between 53 cm and 59 cm. The male has grey flanks and back, with a yellow rear end and a white-edged green speculum. The head is chestnut in colour with a green eye patch. The female is usually light brown. The common teal can be distinguished from most ducks by size and shape and the speculum (inner flight feathers) which is green. It commonly inhibits sheltered areas of wetlands and some tall vegetation. It usually feeds on plants. Their nests sit on the ground near water and under cover.

Cairina scutulata

The White-winged Wood Duck (Cairina Scutulata) is a species of dabbling ducks from the genus Cairina. This species is highly endangered, with a very small population numbering in the hundreds scattered around South-East Asia, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. This species live deep in the forest, near pools and marshes, nesting high in the trees. The White-winged Wood Ducks feed mainly at night on seeds, grains, rice, snails and fish. They have white head and neck with black spots. The bill is orange, mottle with black. The wings are tipped with white. The female is smaller than the male.

Anas acuta

The Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) is a slender duck with long neck. The males can be differentiated from the females by their size and colour. The males are larger, with brown head, white neck and underparts, a greyish back and sides and long black, pointed central tail feathers. The smaller females have brownish head, grey bill and a slightly pointed tail. This species is common and widespread, often flocking in large groups. They prefer to reside near marshes and ponds. The Northern Pintail grazes on vegetation and the males are more aggressive than the females.

Anas clypeata

The Shoveler or Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) is widespread and breeds in the northern areas of Europe and Asia. It migrates to the south during the winter season. They can be found in small flocks. The species is distinguished by its large spatulate bill. The male has a green head, white breast and chestnut belly and flanks. The females are light brown with long broad bill and grey forewing. They flock in open wetlands and feed on plant food, using the bill to strain food from the water. They also eat mollusks and insects in the nesting season. The nest is usually close to water, formed by a shallow depression on the ground and lined with grass and feathers.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra

Tunku Abdul Rahman was born at the “Istana Tiga Tingkat” (Three Storey Palace) in Alor Setar, Kedah on the 8th of February, 1903. He was the 20th child of Sultan Abdul Hamid Halimshah, the 24th Sultan of Kedah. Tunku's mother, Nerang, better known as Che Menjalara, was a descendent of Chao Phya Maha Kota, Thailand. Although Tunku lived at the palace grounds, he frequently slipped out to play with the village boys. His moderate personality with a good sense of humour and down to earth manner in which he carried himself, made him often known as 'The Prince' with a common touch.

When he was ten, his mother sent him to stay with his eldest brother, Tunku Yusuf in Bangkok and he had the opportunity to study at the Debsurin School. However, when Tunku Yusuf passed

away, Tunku had to return to Kedah. He then studied in a Malay school for a year and then joined the Penang Free School.

When he was seventeen, Tunku left for England to continue his studies, on a Kedah Government Scholarship. He also represented his college in his favourite game, football. In 1926, Tunku returned to Kedah with a bachelor's degree in law and history from the Cambridge University which he obtained in 1925. 4 months later, Tunku was sent back to England by his elder brother, Tunku Ibrahim, who was the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Kedah at that time to continue his law studies at the Inner Temple. In view of the increasing number or Malay students, he got together with the others and formed The Malay Association of Great Britain and was elected secretary of the association. Due to lack of concentration, after 5 years he failed in his studies and returned to Malaya.

Tunku chose to join the Civil Service as a cadet in the Legal Advisor's Office in Alor Setar and then as Assistant District Officer and District Officer in several areas in Kedah.

In 1933, Tunku married a Chinese lady who became a Muslim, Meriam and had two children, Tunku Khadijah and Tunku Ahmad Nerang. Not long after that, when Tunku was in charge of Kuala Nerang, Meriam died of malaria, in a time when he was trying hard to improve health and medical conditions there. Another attempt to complete his law studies in England was made in 1938. While there, Tunku married Violet Coulson from England, but the union was short-lived. When the Second World War broke out Tunku had to return to Kedah. He was appointed District Officer or Sungai Petani and later of Kulim. In 1939, he married Sharifah Rodziah bt. Syed AIwi Barakbah and they lead a happy married life until the end of Tunku's life. Tunku was determined to finish his studies. In 1947, he went back to England and this time he returned happily alter successfully completing his studies at the Inns of Court.

Soon after that, Tunku was made Chairman of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Kedah. When Date' Onn bin Jaafar resigned as UMNO President, Tunku was chosen to lead the party. Among historic events guided by Tunku was the political alliance of UMNO and, the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) in 1952 and the Malayan Indian Congress (MIC) who joined the Alliance in 1955. In the same year, Tunku also declared an amnesty for communist terrorists who surrendered. 5 years later, the concerted efforts of all Malayans succeeded in ending the Emergency caused by communist terrorism.

Efforts in freeing the country from being ruled further by the British were finally accomplished. On the midnight of 30th August 1957 at the Selangor Club Padang, the Malayan flag was hoisted taking place of the Union lack. The next morning, the 31st of August, at the Merdeka Stadium, Tunku read the Proclamation of Independence followed by the shouts of 'Merdeka' which were joyously echoed by thousands who were there and the millions who followed the proceedings through the radio.

Nearly 3 years later, Tunku mooted the formation of Malaysia, to comprise Malaya, Singapore , North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei. Brunei decided not to join the formation. Although the Philippines and Indonesia opposed, Malavsia was successfully formed in 1963. In 1965, Singapore decided to leave Malaysia and that decision saddened Tunku.

Tunku then relinquished his position as the first Prime Minister of Malaysia to his deputy Tun Abdul Razak after the race riot outbreak on the 13th of May, 1969. Although Tunku was not holding any position in the government, he continued to contribute through his books, newspaper columns and occasional speeches. Tunku also received numerous honours, awards and honorary degrees for his role and effort from the State and Federal Government, universities, charity organizations and foreign governments.

The late Tunku Abdul Rahman passed away in 1990 at the age of 87 years old.

International Stamps Collector: Seniman Agung P.Ramlee

International Stamps Collector: Seniman Agung P.Ramlee: "P Ramlee, a name that is no stranger to all Malaysians. A very talented Malaysian artist. P Ramlee brought about an unprecedented..."

Seniman Agung P.Ramlee

P Ramlee, a name that is no stranger to all Malaysians. A very talented Malaysian artist.

P Ramlee brought about an unprecedented improvements in Malaysian films industries during the early years of Malaya and Malaysia, back in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Till now, his movies are still broadcast weekly over the the national TV station.

Malaysian Cartoons - Lat

The younger generation of Malaysian youth will know Lat as the creator of the animation series, Kampung Boy that is shown on Astro Network. The 26-episode animation series from the cartoon book Kampung Boy that was published in 1979 is very popular ever since it was shown in 1998. This animation series is also shown over television in Canada and Germany, and has won The Best Animation Award in Annecy animation Festival, France in 1999.

On the other hand, the older generation knows Lat since the 1960's when he became the cartoonist for Berita Minggu newspaper. Since 1974 until today, Lat has been drawing his cartoons in the NST Newspaper.

This special edition Miniature Sheet on the cancellations of Stamp Week 2008 depicts the daily official cancellations used by Pos Malaysia for this event. This rare and special commemorative miniature sheet is preprinted with the words "TIDAK BOLEH DIURUSNIAGA" (NOT FOR SALE).

Purchasers of items from this issue will be entitled to one of these sheets with compliments from Filatelic.Com subject to the following terms and conditions:

1) Purchases must be more than USD50

2) First come first serve basis

3) Subject to availability of stock.

4) Each customer is entitled to only one sheet.

Malaysian Daily Life

The Miniature Sheet is printed using "silver colour printing" and features the scene of city life in Malaysia. The characters in this drawing are usually seen in Lat's cartoons consisting of children and adults from various races and each of them plays different roles depending on the story.

The Kampung Boy

The Kampung Boy, a cartoon book published in the 1970's is based on the life of it's creator, Malaysia's renowned cartoonist Dato' Mohd Nor Khalid also famously known as Lat. It tells the life story of a child born and raised in a typical Malaysian village in the 1950s and 1960s, according to the traditional Malay life, living in harmony with nature. The cartoon portray the lighter side of family life, school and home-made games in a rural environment.

Home-made Games

Riding the upih pinang (pinang frond) was one of the most memorable games in the good old days which brought fun and laughter, especially to those who were "passengers". There were a lot more do-it-yourself games played by the children of yesteryears that are featured in another book titled "Kampung Boy - Yesterday and Today"

The Fierce Teacher

One of the favourite and well known characters of Lat's cartoon is Mrs. Hew, Lat's strict teacher. Students of yesteryear were very afraid of their teachers, who played a major role in educating the children. In real life, Mrs. Hew, who is very pretty unlike the cartoon drawing, was one of the many teachers who gave encouragement to Lat to pursue his interest in art as well as to improve the quality of his drawings.

Town Boy

Town Boy tells the story about a group of youths and the friendship they shared although they were from different racial and cultural background. It was in fact the different background but same interests that made them become close friends, thus creating funny situations. In Town Boy, it was music that brought Mat and Frankie together.

International Stamps Collector: 600th Anniversary of Malaysia - China Relationship...

International Stamps Collector: 600th Anniversary of Malaysia - China Relationship...: "Currency Besides barter trading, coins and other forms of money were extensively used in 15th Century Malacca. Early Chinese merchants ..."

International Stamps Collector: Malaysia Cultural Instruments Stamp; Malaysia Arte...

International Stamps Collector: Malaysia Cultural Instruments Stamp; Malaysia Arte...: "As used to modern food processors and blenders as we are, it's easy to forget the implements that were used not too long ago. In order to pr..."

International Stamps Collector: Malaysia Animal Stamp; Malaysia Nocturnal Animal S...

International Stamps Collector: Malaysia Animal Stamp; Malaysia Nocturnal Animal S...: "Pos Malaysia has come up with special glow-in-the-dark stamps featuring unique nocturnal animals. Pos Malaysia has been dedicated in helping..."

International Stamps Collector: Frogs of Malaysia Stamps

International Stamps Collector: Frogs of Malaysia Stamps: "Lesser Swamp Frog (Rana (baramica) laterimaculata) Miniature Sheet Stamp Denomination : RM1 Stamp Size : 35mm x 35mm The size of fro..."

Malaysia Animal Stamp; Malaysia Nocturnal Animal Stamp

Pos Malaysia has come up with special glow-in-the-dark stamps featuring unique nocturnal animals. Pos Malaysia has been dedicated in helping to enhance the public's knowledge about nature. These stamps were printed in two stages; one to print the actual stamp and the second time to layer on the coat of special glow-in-the-dark ink. The new stamps are also is a tool to create awareness among the people about nocturnal animals.

These stamps come in a miniature sheet measuring 120mm by 70mm and feature the Slow Loris (Kongkang) (RM3) and the Tarsier (Kera Hantu) (RM2).

Four other stamps, measuring 50mm x 30mm, feature the Moonrat (Tikus Ambang Bulan) (30 sen), Malay Badger (Teludu) (30 sen), Golden Cat (Kucing Tulip) (50 sen) and Flying Fox (Keluang) (RM1).

Nocturnal Animal 30sen Moonrat StampMoonrat (Echinosorex gymnurus)

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 50mm x 30mm

Generally solitary, this small mammal is strictly terrestrial and confined to the forest floor, often frequenting areas by the streams and is known to be active by day. It has a very strong body odour in the wild. Earthworms, beetles, spiders and snails are amongst the things it feeds on.

Nocturnal Animal 30sen Malay Badger StampMalay badger (Mydaus javanensis)

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 50mm x 30mm

The Malay badger is a terrestrial animal and is known for its very strong odour. It sleeps in underground burrows and feeds mainly by digging into the ground for food such as earthworms and insect larvae. Although found in mature forests, it is apparently more frequently seen in secondary forests and open ground such as gardens.

Nocturnal Animal 50sen Golden Cat StampGolden Cat (Catopuma temminckii)

Denomination : 50sen

Stamp Size : 50mm x 30mm

Little is know on the ecology and life history of this medium sized cat. Its coat of golden colour is largely unmarked and adults can weigh as much as 12 kilogrammes. Although terrestrial, it can apparently climb trees when necessary. Its prey includes mousedeer, birds, lizards and other small animals.

Nocturnal Animal RM1 Flying Fox StampFlying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus)

Denomination : RM1

Stamp Size : 50mm x 30mm

This is the largest bat in Malaysia bat in Malaysia and a full-grown adult can weigh more than a kilogramme. Large roosting colonies of this bat are often found in mangroves or nipah palm. This bat is known to fly long distances to feed on flowering or fruit trees and it is an important pollinator of many forest trees including durians.

Nocturnal Animal RM3 Slow Loris StampSlow loris (Nycticebus coucang)

Denomination : RM3

Largely arboreal, this primate which can weigh almost a kilogramme, is often found alone although couples with dependent young are sometimes seen. It feeds on small animals, mostly insects and on pulpy fruits. It lives in mature and secondary forests as well as in gardens and plantations.

Nocturnal Animal RM2 Tarsie StampTarsier (Tarsius bancanus)

Denomination : RM2

This small primate of less than two kilogrammes is active from ground level to al least seven metres and generally leaps from tree to tree. It feeds mainly on large insects and is often solitary. Tarsier is known to make high pitch calls frequently and can be found in both mature and secondary forests.

Nocturnal Animals glow-in-the-dark Miniature Sheet

Denomination : RM5

Miniature Sheet Size : 120mm x 70mm

Nocturnal Animals Miniature Sheet

Malaysia Cultural Instruments Stamp; Malaysia Artefacts Stamp

As used to modern food processors and blenders as we are, it's easy to forget the implements that were used not too long ago. In order to preserve this heritage, Pos Malaysia is issuing its second series of stamps depicting old implements and cultural artefacts. The stamps come in three designs and two denominations of 30 sen and 50 sen. The 30 sen stamps feature the stone grinder while the 50 sen stamps will feature the supu (tobacco container) and the coconut scraper. Two of the stamps will have the standard 40mm x 30mm measurements while the third is the first triangular stamp to be printed in the country.

Stone Grinder

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

"Batu giling" or stone grinder is a traditional tool consisting of two parts made of stone, referred to as "mother" and "child". The "mother" is the millstone or base part of the grinder where the chilli or spices are placed, whereas the "child" is the smaller piece of stone used to roll onto the base stone to crush and grind the said spices. Using this stone grinder will produce a fine and well grounded paste of spices or chilli.


Denomination : 50sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

"Supu" is a small container used to keep tobacco. Made of silver and beautifully decorated with fine carvings, it is also used as a decorative accessory by the Bajau community in the district of Kota Belud, Sabah. Amongst the Dusun Tindal community, it is known as "kuapu" and is used as a decorative accessory for the bride and bridegroom's wedding costume.

Coconut Grater

Denomination : 50sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

"Kukur kelapa" or coconut grater is a tool used to grate or scrape the flesh of the coconut from its shell. The traditional coconut scraper is shaped out of a piece of wood for the seat and at the end is a sharp-edged metal spur. Creativity from the artistic Malays have resulted in the "Kukur kelapa" carved based on the design of a four-legged animal complete with the tail and other carvings of nature-inspired motives such as plants.

The coconut grater was once a very important tool in every Malay household as coconut milk is an essential ingredient in Malay cooking. Although its usage by the city folk have reduced due to the preference of electric tools, this tool is still much in use in the outskirts.

Some myths about "kukur" is that it is either male or female. Women are not allowed to use male "kukur" especially during major feasts.

Malaysia Animal Stamp; Malaysia Insect Stamp; Malaysia Hologram Stamp

One notable fact about insects is that they are the most diverse groups of animals on earth with the number of species ranging from two million to possibly four million, outnumbering the amount of all other animal species on earth, combined. In Malaysia alone, thousands of insect species exist and the diversity of the insect species in this country is made possible due to the range of habitats and climate in Malaysia.

Insects inhabit a variety of surroundings, both aquatic and terrestrial. Their ability to feed on a variety of plants and animals, makes them the most common of all living things on earth. Insects that are beneficial to humans include those that are edible, provide us honey, wax, silk and various pharmaceutical compounds. Some insects, such as dragonflies, functions as a good indicator of the health of an ecosystem.

Pos Malaysia will issue a set of special stamps and First Day Cover on Insect Stamps. The special stamps and First Day Cover will feature the images of some of the most well known and unique insects in Malaysia.

The stamps, 30mm X 40mm in size, are printed in sheets of 20 on SPM watermarked, phosphor coated paper and are available in ‘se-tenant’ and in two denominations, 30sen and 50sen. A distinctive feature in the new stamp collection is the Miniature Sheet, where the image of the Emperor Moth is highlighted with hologram printing with diffraction foil. The Miniature Sheet, 120mm x 70mm in size at RM5.

Insects Series 30sen Lantern Bug StampLantern Bug (Fulgora pyrorhyncha) Stamp

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm

Lantern flies (or lantern bugs) are very colourful, with yellow, black, red, blue and green markings on their bodies. The most recognizable ones are those that have a prolongation of the head, as in the case of this ‘Fiery-beaked’ Lantern Bug. Several species of Fulgora can be found in Malaysia, both in the understorey of natural forests and in fruit orchards. They are normally found on tree trunks in groups of two or three, but can also be seen individually.

Insects Series 30sen Fruit Bug StampFruit Bug (Dysdercus cingulatus) Stamp

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm

Bugs are well known pests of cultivated plants, including rice, vegetables and fruits. They are able to defend themselves against predators through a variety of methods including taste, camouflage and colour. Bright colours, as in the case of the Fruit Bug, is usually a warning sign that the bug is distasteful. This species is known to be a pest to cultivated crops such as lady’s fingers (okra).

Insects Series 50sen Valanga Grasshopper StampValanga Grasshopper (Valanga nigricornis) Stamp

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm

Grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera (from the Greek orthos meaning ‘straight’ and pteron for ‘wing’. Generally, the hind legs are large and muscular and are specially developed for jumping. This species is common in cultivated fields and gardens, feeding on a wide range of plants and is treated as a pest. Additionally, this grasshopper is also known to severely attack oil palm and rubber plantations during outbreaks, causing massive defoliation.

Insects Series 50sen Longhorn Beetle StampLonghorn beetle (Rhaphipodus hopei) Stamp

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm

This species is amongst the biggest longhorn beetles in Malaysia and can be found in hilly areas. The mandibles are straight with rough edges for cutting purposes and the legs are covered with sharp bristles. It is usually found on the bark of dead trees and is confined to forests above 750 metres. Considerable damage is caused annually to valuable timber trees, fruit trees and some cultivated crops by longhorn beetles.

Insects Series RM5 Emperor Moth StampEmperor Moth (Antheraea helferi) Stamp

Denomination : RM5

Stamp Size : 50mm x 38.5mm

Interestingly, Malaysia has the largest moth in the world, the Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) - possibly the world’s most beautiful butterfly, the Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing, the highest number of species of stingless bees in the Asian tropics (about 35 species) and has a species of stick insect, Phobaeticus kirbyi, that is recognised as the longest insect in the world (up to 30 centimetres).

The brightly orange-yellow coloured Emperor Moth (Antheraea helferi) (pictured in the Miniature Sheet) has a huge wingspan and is one of the most spectacular moth species in the world. The wings are very hairy and marked with ‘eye-spots’ and the antennae are short and feathered. The caterpillars of this species are colourful, fat and hairy. About 22 species of emperor moths (Antheraea helferi) subsist in Borneo.

Emperor Moth (Antheraea helferi) Miniature Sheet

Denomination : RM5

Miniature Sheet Size : 120mm x 70mm

Insects Series RM5 Emperor Moth Miniature Sheet Stamp

Malaysia Animal Stamp; Malaysia Insect Stamp; Malaysia Butterfly Stamp

Pos Malaysia team announced that they will issue a set of special stamps and First Day Cover featuring butterflies of Malaysia.

These special stamps and First Day Cover are on sale on the April 24 and aims to show off the eight of the rarest and most stunning unique winged creatures. These butterflies have some of the most alluring names – Smaller Wood Nymph, Malayan Lacewing, Malay Red Harlequin, Glorious Begum, Green Dragontail, Blue Glassy Tiger, Common Rose and Five-Bar Swordtail.

Themed ‘Butterflies of Malaysia’, they attempt to convey a message of conservation to the public. “We aim to increase preservation awareness of the butterfly habitats for future generations by portraying these butterflies in the stamps,” said Manager of Business Development and Marketing, Yasmin Bt. Ramli.

The butterfly collection will be the third issue this year and this will be a very unique issue because, for the first time in the world, there is a die cut stamp in the shape of a Five-Bar Swordtail she added.

Among the items of sale are 20pieces of RM 0.30, RM 0.50 and RM 1 stamps (RM 6, RM 10 and RM 20 respectively), miniature sheet (120mm x 70mm) enhanced with special die cut (RM 5), First Day Cover (RM 0.30), stamp book (RM 3) and Pos Malaysia folder (RM 5.50). A complete set that includes all of the above is sold for RM 52.50 at Pos Malaysia offices nationwide.

Malaysia has about 1,000 butterfly species and about half of these are restricted to habitats from sea level to 750 metres above sea level. Although some species can be easily seen in parks, gardens and other secondary vegetation, most Malaysian butterflies are forest dwellers. Some butterflies are habitat-specific and exist only in a specific ecosystem type.

Butterflies are generally day-flying insects of the order Lepidoptera, with often colourful wings. Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers and play an important role as one of the major agent of pollination. However, caterpillars are known to destroy crops and they are considered pests in these circumstances. Butterfly viewing is becoming an increasingly popular hobby. Some species are threatened by collection and habitat loss and require protection by law.

Butterflies Of Malaysia 30sen Common RoseCommon rose (Atrophaneura aristolochiae)

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

Seen in the lowland forests throughout Malaysia, this beautiful butterfly is distasteful to most insectivorous birds and exhibits warning colours. The larvae have thick fleshy tubercles and is grayish red in colour.

Butterflies Of Malaysia 30sen Smaller Wood NymphSmaller Wood Nymph (Ideopsis gaura perakana)

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

This butterfly is more commonly found in forested hills and less seen on the plains. It has an attractive wing pattern of dark markings over a light wing base. Males are darker in colour than females and have narrower wings.

Butterflies Of Malaysia 30sen Malayan LacewingMalayan Lacewing (Cathosia hypsea hypsina)

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

Males of this species have a pinkish bloom on the orange area of the upperside of the wing and females are more yellow in colour. Eggs are laid, many at a time and the emerging young larvae are wine-red coloured.

Butterflies Of Malaysia 30sen Green DragontailGreen Dragontail (Lamproptera meges)

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

With is wings beating rapidly and its long drooping tail: this butterfly books like a dragonfly in flight. Coupled with partly-transparent wings, this species is unlike almost all other butterflies. It is considered vulnerable and in need of protection in Peninsular Malaysia.

Butterflies Of Malaysia 30sen Blue Glassy TigerBlue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris)

Denomination : 30sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

This butterfly is common in scrubland and the fringes of forests. It is also found in coastal mangrove areas. Due to certain plants that it feeds on, this species is known to be distasteful to birds.

Butterflies Of Malaysia 50sen Malay Red HarleguinMalay Red Harleguin (Paralaxita damajanti damajanti)

Denomination : 50sen

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

This species lives at moderate elevations on the hills and are usually in dense forests. The females are paler than the males. The underside is beautifully marked with black streaks crossed with metallic blue.

Butterflies Of Malaysia RM1 Glorious BegumGlorious Begum (agatasa calydonia calydonia)

Denomination : RM1

Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm

This butterfly is rare in Peninsular Malaysia. It frequents more open forests and is often encountered at low to moderate elevations and are attracted to rotten fruit. The females are larger, paler and have broader wings than males.

Butterflies Of Malaysia RM5 Five-bar SwordtailFive-bar Swordtail (Graphium antiphates)

Denomination : RM5

Stamp Size : 50mm x 40mm

This species is commonly seen on roads and forest clearings and males are sometimes seen congregating on moist spots. It is known for its swiftness in flight. The larva in its early stages is pure white marked only with thin transverse lines of black or dark green

Five-bar Swordtail (Graphium antiphates) Miniature Sheet

Denomination : RM5

Miniature Sheet Size : 120mm x 70mm

Butterflies Of Malaysia Miniature Sheet