The 2014 Kuala Lumpur World Youth Stamp Exhibition opens today at the KL Convention Centre.
If you are a stamp enthusiast, head over to the 2014 Kuala Lumpur World Youth Stamp Exhibition (KLWYSE) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) in Kuala Lumpur. Touted as the biggest philatelic event in the world, the first-of-its-kind exhibition opens today. It features over 300 stamp exhibitors from around the globe.
The KLWYSE is organised by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Philatelic Society Malaysia and Pos Malaysia.
On display are some 700 frames of stamp exhibits. More than 30 trade booths have been set up by stamp dealers and postal administrations from around the world. Countries participating in the exhibition include Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Spain, Maldives, Wales and Mexico.
MCMC chief industry regulations officer Toh Swee Hoe says the exhibition commemorates 160 years of stamp usage in Malaysia. It is also a commendation of the country’s rich postal history and its role in socio-economic development.
“KLWYSE hopes to cultivate interest in philately as a hobby. The exhibition also serves as a networking arena among world renowned philatelists and will accelerate stamp development in Malaysia and the region,” says Toh.
The exhibition – held in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 – provides Malaysians with an opportunity to see a selection of the rarest stamp collections under one roof.
Highlights include a Court of Honour booth, featuring a collection of gold medal winners of World Stamp shows, archival stamps from Pos Malaysia, and a host of invited exhibits.
Besides an opportunity to view the exhibits, visitors can also purchase stamps from international dealers and postal operators at the exhibition hall. Pos Malaysia has a stamp booth where visitors can purchase the latest stamp issues.
To commemorate the international event, Pos Malaysia is launching six special sets of miniature sheets as part of the daily highlights. The six miniature sheets are Heritage Building which is released today, 160th Year of Postage Stamp Usage in Malaysia (released tomorrow), Flora (Wednesday), Fauna (Thursday), Cultural Dance (Friday) and Malay Folk Stories (Saturday).
Visitors can check out personalised stamp services which cater to customers who want to feature their image during a special moment or occasion, flexipack domestic and international prepaid boxes, and KLWYSE souvenirs.
Other attractions include daily lucky draws and a Manga-style stamp drawing competition. The winning designs of the competition will be used as one of the special stamp issues in 2015.
¦ The 2014 Kuala Lumpur World Youth Stamp Exhibition takes place today till Dec 6 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition is from 10am-10pm. Admission is free. For more information, go to malaysia2014.com.my.