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The Malaya Study Group exists for collectors of the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the states of Peninsular Malaysia which until 1963 formed the Federation of Malaya, including the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore, the Federated Malay States, Negri Sembilan and Sungei Ujong, Pahang, Perak and Selangor and the Unfederated States, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trengganu. Many MSG members also collect & study all of modern Malaysia, Singapore, and the island of Borneo, comprising additionally  Sabah, Sarawak, Borneo, Labuan, and the states of Brunei & the peninsular state of Singapore. Study of the whole area so often adds to understanding and appreciation of the philately of Malaya. The Society has a JOURNAL, "The Malayan Philatelist" and a NEWSLETTER supplied free to members, EXCHANGE PACKETS, AUCTIONS and has produced a number of significant PUBLICATIONS on the stamps and postal history of the area.

The Luoyang 2009 China World Stamp Exhibition

Photograph by James Song

Report by Peter Cockburn

The 2009 China World Stamp Exhibition was held in Luoyang Henan Province 10th –16th April 2009. A large number of members of the Group attended at various times, Tay Peng Hian was FIP consultant and Koh Seow Chuan was Senior Consultant to the International Jury. Both exhibited; in the Grand Prix d’Honneur Netherlands East Indies 1655-1870, and Court of Honour Straits Settlements Revenues respectively.

Members exhibiting competitively were:
Yen Boon Swee: Malayan Airmails 1919-1942 - GOLD
Henry Ong:Postal Stationery of the Federated Malaya States 1887-1935 - GOLD
Alan Au Yong: Imperial Eagles of Mexico 1864-1867 - LV
Peter Cockburn: Revenue and Judicial Stamps of the Straits Settlements - LV
Tan Chin Heong: Orchids - V
A.P.Subramanian: Straits Settlements Postal History of the middle period -LS


Members on the Jury included Ross Duberal, Michael Ho, Tan Che Hui, Chua Eu Tiong ( Apprentice).


James Song, Steven Tan, Henry Ong, Peter Singer, Jack Loh, and many others were seen at the exhibition.


It was a very remarkable exhibition being held in conjunction with the Annual peony Festival in the ancient Imperial City of Luoyang. Latest estimates of visitors to the exhibition top 600,000. The opening ceremony at the Stadium was said to have had a budget of £3 million.



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