Sunday, February 29, 2004

Silver Jubilee of the Reign of HRH Sultan Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra ( 1979 - 2004 ) Stamp

AL Sultan Kelantan StampHis Royal Highness SUltan Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra was born at Istana Jahar, Kota Bharu on November 11, 1949. His Royal Highness is the only son and youngest child of His Royal Highness Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra and Her Royal Highness Almarhumah Raja Perempuan Zainah II. His Royal Highness has a strong foundation of religious education, and is well versed with the Kelantan royal protocol as he has received proper education and training when he was still young.

AL Sultan Kelantan First Day CoverOn November 11, 1967, at the age of 18, His Royal Highness was proclaimed the Crown Prince of Kelantan. His Royal Highness ascended the throne as the 28th Sultan and the Yang DiPertuan of the State of Kelantan Darulnaim on March 30, 1979 following the demise of his father who was at the time the Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong. On March 30, 1980, His Royal Highness was officially crowned as the Sultan and the Yang AL Sultan Kelantan First Day CoverDipertuan of the State of Kelantan Darulnaim.

His Royal Highness SUltan Ismail Petra married Her Royal Highness Tengku Anis binti Tengku Abdul Hamid on December 4, 1968 at the Istana Kota Lama, Kota Bahru. The wedding ceremony was held in full magnificence of the royal traditions of Kelantan.

The Royal Highnesses are blessed with four children; three sons and one daughter namely, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra (Crown Prince of Kelantan), Tengku Muhammad Fa-iz Petra (Tengku Bendahara), Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra (Tengku Temenggong) and their only daughter is Tengku Amalin A'Ishah Putri.

During the reign of his father, His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail Petra was given ample exposure to the intricacies of the government structure and administration. This invaluable experience helped His Royal Highness to manage the affairs of the state, bringing progress and development to Kelantan.

During the last 25 years, His Royal Highness's reign witnessed various changes and progress in the State of Kelantan especially in matters relating to the development of land, agriculture, infrastructure and education. In addition, His Royal Highness is also responsible for instilling awareness in his subjects on the importance of self-esteem to free themselves from the shackles of poverty.

Other rapid developments during His Royal Highness's reign are evident in the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors. On January 9 2002, His Royal Highness was conferred the Honorary Doctorate in Political Science by Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand. His Royal Highness also received the Highest Honorary Awards both locally as well as from other countries. In social and charitable activities, His Royal Highness plays an important role as patron of various organisations, associations, clubs and foundations.

His and Her Royal Highnesses are very active in social work. The Royal Highnesses often paid visits all over the state to see for themselves the conditions of their subjects and how they lives. Owing to these deep concern and care for their subjects The Royal Highnesses are loved and respected by everyone.

AL Sultan Kelantan Stamp SheetTechnical Details

Date of Issue : 29-Feb-2004

Stamp Value : 30 Sen; 50 Sen; RM 1.00

Sheet Content : 20 Stamps

First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen

Presentation Pack Value : RM3.50

Folder Value : RM 5.00

Perforation : 14

Paper : Watermarked SPM Sideways, Phosphor Coated

Printing Process : Lithography

AL Sultan Kelantan FolderPrinter : Secura Security Printing Sdn. Bhd.

Designer : Hazel Design

Monday, February 9, 2004

7th Conf. of Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity & 1st Meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Stamp

Biosafety StampsMalaysia is proud and honoured to play host to the Seventh COnference of the Parties to the Convention of Niological Diversity (CBC)[COP 7] and Conference of the Parties serving as the first Meeting of the Parties (MOP 1) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. As one of the twelve megadiverse countries of the world, hosting these events shows Malaysia's commitment to the world in conservation and sustainable utilization of our biological diversity.

Biological resources offers huge potential for the development of pharmaceuticals and other products in this era of biotechnology. While biotechnology offers many potential benefits, we must be aware of the safety aspects of it. Biosafety is a term used to describe efforts to reduce and eliminate the potential risk resulting from biotechnology and its products (such as genetically modified organisms) based on the precautionary approach.

Biosafety First Day CoverBiodiversity is often understood in terms of the wide variety of plants, animals and microorganisms. So far, about 1.75 million species have been identified. Scientists reckon that there are actually about 13 million species, though estimates range from 3 to 100 million. Malaysia, a biodiversity "hot spot", houses a wide variety of microorganisms, flora and fauna. Many of these are unique and endemic. Approximately 15.7% of the world's classified species are found here. Malaysia's forest itself is one of the most ancient on the planet.

Biosafety Stamps SheetTechnical Details

Date of Issue : 9-Feb-2004

Stamp Value : 30 Sen; 50 Sen x 2 Designs

Stamp Size : 40 mm x 30 mm

Perforation : 14

Sheet Content : 20 Stamps

Biosafety FolderPaper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated

Printing Process : Lithography

Printer : Secura Security Printing Sdn. Bhd

Stamp Designer : Hazel Design

First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen

Folder Value : RM 5.00

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