Displays, Kuala Lumpur, December 5th 2014
Report by Dr.Gong
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
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’
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
“Malaya in the British Library Philatelic Collections” to
Dato’ Anuar Bashah Sohore