Monday, December 12, 2011

Royal Institution Stamp

Pos Malaysia issues limited royal institution stamp collection
Malaysia is a federal constitutional elective monarchy. The system of government is closely modelled on that of the Westminster parliamentary system, a legacy of British colonial rule. The head of state is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, commonly referred to as the king. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected to a five-year term by and from among the nine hereditary rulers of the Malay states; the other four states, which have titular Governors, do not participate in the selection. By informal agreement the position is systematically rotated among the nine, and has been held by Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu since 2007. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s role has been mostly ceremonial since changes to the constitution in 1994.

Legislative power is divided between federal and state legislatures. The bicameral federal parliament consists of the lower house, the House of Representatives and the upper house, the Senate. The 222-member House of Representatives is elected for a maximum term of five years from single-member constituencies, which are determined based on population. All 70 senators sit for three-year terms; 26 are elected by the 13 state assemblies, and the remaining 44 are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong upon the Prime Minister’s recommendation. The parliament follows a multi-party system and the government is elected through a first-past-the-post system. Since independence Malaysia has been governed by a multi-party coalition known as the Barisan Nasional.

Pos Malaysia is to sell from 12 December 2011, a stamp and philatelic collection on the theme of the institution of the monarchy, showcasing three items of the royal regalia. Pos Malaysia Berhad Group Chief Operating Officer Shukrie Salleh said the company was honoured to produce exclusive stamps, envelopes, first-day covers and folders on the royal institution.

The special stamps, measuring 50mm x 40mm, depict the Royal Tiara (60 sen), Royal Waist-Buckle (80 sen) and the Royal Throne (90 sen) and can be purchased from post offices nationwide.

Folders are priced at RM5.50 each and can only be obtained from selected post offices. "We hope Pos Malaysia's efforts will encourage an appreciation for the history and heritage of Malaysia's royal institution," he said at a news conference here today.

Meanwhile, Pos Malaysia Stamp and Philately Unit chief Yasmin Ramli said the items of the royal regalia found on these exclusive stamps had been gazetted as national heritage on March 16, 2009. "Pos Malaysia targets local and foreign stamp collectors to purchase this edition as it is limited and will not be reprinted. "The royal institution stamp collection is the last for this year, whereby 14 collections have already been issued. We will continue issuing various stamp collections next year," she added.

Technical Details

Stamp Value :60sen, 80sen, 90sen

Stamp Sheet
Sheet Content :20 Stamps

Paper :SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated

Printing Process :Offset

Printer :National Security Printer

Stamp Designer :Prof. Dato' Raja Zahabuddin Raja Yaacob

First Day Cover
First Day Cover Value : 50 Sen

Folder Value :RM5.50

First Day Cover (with stamps)

Date of Issue 12-Dec-2011

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