More special stamps issued, says Rais

KUANTAN: The young generation should cultivate stamp collecting as a hobby, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

He also said the Government plans to multiply the issuance of memorable stamps and they portray the culture, history, and important events that took place in a particular country.

He said Malaysia has been producing postage stamps since 1885 proved to be a distinctive medium to document the country’s history and progress.

“Pos Malaysia will issue between 14 and 18 special stamps a year depicting the country important events.

“The new issues, for example, are to commemorate the 1Malaysia vision, the Malay Language as the national language and other important events,” he said, at the launching of the Pahang heritage stamps by the Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah recently.

The special commemorative issue were in denominations of 60 sen, 80 sen and RM1 depicting the Pahang royal paraphernalia, fabric weaving arts, the Royal seal and the Sultan and Sultanah’s portrait.

The first day cover is sold at 30 sen while a special folder for the issue is priced at RM5.50.

Present at the launch were Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Pos Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Dr Aseh Che Mat.

“I am a stamp collector too and hope the special issues would rekindle the hobby.

“Pos Malaysia will also promote stamp collecting as a hobby especially among school children,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, Dr Rais said Pos Malaysia recorded an annual revenue of RM8mil from stamp sales including for postage, for use in agreement documents and in hire purchase deals.

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