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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.


Members Displays, Kuala Lumpur, December 5th 2014


Report by Dr.Gong Ngie Hee

Report on the MSG meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 5th December 2014

The meeting started at 9 a.m. with the opening address from MSG chairman Susan McEwen being read out and a warm welcome being extended to all MSG members who were present. Acknowledgements were made of the presence of the Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) President and other senior philatelists.

The talk and slideshow on “Malayan Postal Routes & Services 1899-1909” by Lee Teong Keong, dealing mainly with the Straits Steamship coastal routes, attracted much interest and questions.

Richard Hale then presented his splendid display on “Pahang: the first fifteen years”. The audience was treated to a close look at the fine material and had many appreciative questions and comments. As a gauge of the high level of interest, the four copies of Richard’s book “Pahang 1888 to 1903” were quickly sold out soon after the display.

Richard Hale describing his Pahang display

Following the tea break, Ngoh See Jam displayed “Fraser’s Hill/Bukit Fraser - a journey through its postmarks and stamps” followed by N. H. Gong’s “Perak pre-WWI peculiarities”. Interesting postmarks and covers from Fraser’s Hill were shown, as well as the peculiar Perak ‘Tanjung Malim’ provisionals.

After the lunch break, Dr. Andrew Cheung FRPSL from the Hong Kong Philatelic Society was our invited guest and he showed keen interest in the material that was displayed.

Dr. Majid gave a display on “Uncatalogued stamps of the Straits Settlements” featuring the 1906-07 Labuan optd./surcharged issue. The well-researched material, many in large blocks, was mounted on Dr. Majid’s special computer-set album leaves and attracted a great deal of interest and discussions.

Dr. Majid elaborating on some varieties of the S. S. 1906-07 issue

This was followed by Ong Kuee Hong who displayed Northern Malaya and N. H. Gong who displayed “S. S. postcard pot-pourri”. Among the material, a Kelantan 2c ‘Chef’ PSPC to Zanzibar by ‘all-up’ airmail was shown, as well as a S. S. 4c reddish-brown disinfected PSPC from Singapore to Switzerland.

At the presentation ceremony, a certificate of appreciation and Susan McEwen’s autographed book “Malaya in the British Library Philatelic Collections” were presented to PSM President Dato’ Anuar Bashah Sohore for his help and encouragement. Appreciation gifts and certificates were also presented to those who had given displays.
The meeting ended at 5 p.m. after Richard Hale led a vote of thanks to the organisers of the meeting, which was, in the opinion of all, a success and sets the stage for further exciting MSG meetings in this region.


N. H. Gong presenting the certificate of appreciation and an autographed copy of
“Malaya in the British Library Philatelic Collections” to Dato’ Anuar Bashah Sohore


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