With the termination of the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945), the Emergency (1848-1960), The Second Communist Insurgency (1968-1989) and the laying down arms of the Malayan Communist Party in 1989 and the North Kalimantan Communist Party in 1990, Malaysia is now free from menaces that had threatened peace and security in the country. This allows the police to give its attention to efforts at eliminating crimes such as commercial crime, smuggling and drug abuse, handling social issues and youth problems, preventing illegal immigration and piracy activities.
The RMPF has also tackled issues related to terrorist threats and religious extremists, with the aim of preserving the country's peace and well-being of the people. The RMPF has the vision and aspiration of tackling various issues in line with the rapid national development. Besides increasing the use of the latest technology, the RMPF has also introduced a five year strategic plan to strengthen the institution and to make it relevant; recognized and respected again in order to give a better service to the country. Hence, the police expects the public to also give its cooperation in tackling any threats and crime for the common well-being.
The 30 sen stamp features the historic Hutton Lane Police Station, among the earliest police stations built in Penang in 1880 after the Charter of Justice was introduced, at the background. Also featured is the Penang Fire Brigade in 1883. It was the duty of the Police Force to put out fires then. Also in the stamp is the picture of the uniform worn by a Peon who was assistant to the 'Captain' appointed by Captain Francis Light from each of the ethnic groups ie Malays, Chinese and Indians. The Peons were also regarded as the first constables among the lower ranks of police officers that exists to this day.
The 50 sen stamp features the 'flying squad' at the background. This para-military group was formed to combat the communist terrorists during the emergency in 1948. The name 'Flying Squad' was later changed to 'Jungle Squad' in line with its role in fighting against communist terrorists in the jungle. In 1951 the 'Jungle Squad' was renamed 'Jungle Company' and then the Police Field Force. In 1997, the Police Field Force was given another name that is the General Operation Force in line with the development and peace achieved in the country. Also on the stamp is the picture of the uniform of the Royal Federation of Malaya Police Force in 1958. On 24 July 1958, the Police Force was conferred the 'Royal' title in line with the outstanding service and absolute loyalty shown by its members at every level in performing their duties in preserving peace and order until the country achieved its independence on 31 August 1957.
The second 50 sen stamp portrays the modernization of the police force in line with the spirit and new commitment of the Royal Malaysia Police Force to serve the people and the nation. The picture of the Putrajaya District Police Headquarters is the newest modern district police headquarters which was built with the latest technology in its administration and services..
The currently worn uniform in dark blue color which is perceived to be more friendly and ready to serve the country is also featured in the stamp. Also featured in the stamp are the vehicles currently used to ensure the peace and harmony of the country is well protected and the nation can enjoy life in peace and harmony.
Date of Issue : 24-Jul-2007
Denomination : 30 Sen, 50 Sen (2 Designs)
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Perforation : 14
Sheet Content : 20 Stamps
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
Printer : Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer : Hazel Design
First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen
Folder Value : RM 5.00
POS Malaysia 24 July 2007, Tuesday Press Release
STAMPS TO COMMEMORATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL MALAYSIAN POLICE FORCE LAUNCHED BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), YDH Tan Sri Musa Bin Dato’ Haji Hassan today launched the new stamps and First Day Cover to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Royal Malaysian Police Force (RMPF). The launch ceremony was held at the Senior Officers’ Mess at Bukit Aman. Also present at the event was YBhg Tan Sri Adam Kadir, Chairman of Pos Malaysia & Services Holdings Berhad. The stamps feature a collection of significant images associated with the Royal Malaysian Police Force.
The establishment of the modern Police Force started with the enforcement of the ‘Charter of Justice’ which separated the power of the Judiciary from the Legal. The Charter was introduced by King George III on 25 March 1807 and from that day on, the Police force in Penang was established. Political development in the Federation of Malaya as a result of the British intervention brought about the formation of the police force in the Federated Malay States that includes Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang in 1896. The Unfederated Malay States such as Johor formed its police force in 1882 and Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis formed their respective police forces in 1909.
This development went on until the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945). After the Japanese Occupation, the Police Force was restructured to face the emergency threats (1948-1960). On 16 September, the Malaysian Police Force was formed with the entry of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore into Malaysia. With this establishment, the administration of the police force was combined into one and became known as the Royal Malaysian Police Force.
“Throughout the 200 years of its establishment, the chronicle of the Royal Malaysian Police Force is very much intertwined with the nation’s history and has been with Malaysia through the most important periods of its growth and development. Pos Malaysia Berhad is proud to acknowledge RMPF’s tireless efforts of upholding the nation’s integrity, safeguarding the people’s security and enhancing the country’s stability through the issuance of stamps and First Day Cover,” said Dato’ Idrose Mohamed, Managing Director of Pos Malaysia Berhad.
The stamps, 40mm X 30mm in size, are printed in sheets of 20 on SPM watermarked, phosphor coated paper and are available in two denominations, 30 sen and 50 sen (2 designs):
- 30 sen
The 30sen Commemorative Stamp shows the historic Hutton Lane Police Station built in 1880 as background . This Police Station is among the earliest police stations built in Penang after the Charter of Justice was introduced in Penang on 25 March 1807. The picture also featured the Penang Fire Brigade in 1883. It was the duty of the Police Force to put out fires then. Also in the stamp is the picture of the uniform worn by a Peon who was and assistant to the ‘Captain’ appointed by Captain Francis Light from each of the ethic groups in Malaysia i.e. the Malays, Chinese and Indians. The Peons were also regarded as the first constables among the lower ranks of police officers that exist to this day.
- 50 sen
The 50sen Commemorative Stamp features the picture of the ‘Flying Squad ‘ in the background. This para-military group was formed to combat the communists during the Emergency in 1948. The name ‘Flying Squad’ was later changed to ‘Jungle Squad’ in line with its role in fighting against communists in the jungle. This group was placed under the administration of the District Police Chief and has a strength of between 15 to 20 members stationed in each district. History has shown that this group had done its duty remarkably and had given a strong blow to the communists. In 1951 the ‘Jungle Squad’ was renamed as ‘Jungle Company’ and then the Police Field Force. In 1997, the Police Field Force was given another name that is the General Operations Force in line with the development and peaceful situation of the country.
The Police Force has played an important role in going all out to fight against the communists during the height of the Emergency (1948-1960). During the period, 1,346 members of the Police Force were killed while 1,601 were hurt. Also on the stamp is the picture of the uniform of the Royal Federation of Malaya Police Force in 1958. On 24 July 1958, the Police Force was conferred the ‘Royal’ title in line with the outstanding service and absolute loyalty shown by its members at every level in performing their duties to preserve peace and order until the country achieved its independence on 31 August 1957.
- 50 sen
This Commemorative Stamp contains pictures of the modernisation of the police force as its background in line with the spirit and new conviction to serve the people and the nation. The picture of the Putrajaya District Police Headquarters is the latest modern district police headquarters which was built with the latest technology in its administration and services. In order to handle the various issues to fulfil the needs of the people and the country, the government has modernised 7 of the main departments of the Royal Malaysian Police. Besides increasing the use of the latest technology, the RMPF has also introduced the Five Years’ Strategic Plan (PS5T-PDRM) which contains the five main thrusts that is loyalty, discipline, accountability, sensitivity and friendly as well as responsive and progressive. The Plan is introduced mainly to strengthen the police institution as well as to reinstitute the Royal Malaysian Police Force as being relevant, recognised and respected.
First Day Cover at 30sen each can be purchased at all post offices nationwide. Folders at RM5 each is only available at selected post offices.