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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.

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Malaysia News

H.R.H the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj, D.K., D.M.N., D.K. (Terengganu), D.K. (Kelantan), D.K. (Perak), D.K. (Perlis), D.K. (Negeri Sembilan), D.K. (Kedah), D.K. (Johor), S.P.M.S., S.S.I.S., S.P.M.J. , has graciously accepted the invitation from the Malaya Study Group and has become an Honorary Member. We are delighted to welcome H.R.H the Sultan of Selangor to the Group

Message from H.R.H the Sultan of Selangor

We have great pleasure to present the message from H.R.H The Sultan of Selangor to the Malaya Study Group published in the last issue of The Malayan Philatelist

Go to the Message from HRH the Sultan of Selangor

2013 General Election Results by State

Wikipedia Malaysia Election Results 2013

New RPSL Auction of some back copies of The Malayan Philatelist and MSG Newsletters, open to MSG members, deadline March 20th 2014

Martin Roper has kindly offered to help MSG members, who are not members of the Royal Philatelic Society London, to participate in their auction of surplus copies of some Volumes of TMP and the MSG Newsletter. They are both described as 'softback'.

MSG Newsletters No 117-133 1992-94

The Malayan Philatelist Vol 35-37 1994-96

It is a ‘sealed Bid auction’, closing date 31 March, buyer collects from RPSL London. Bids from £1 upwards are acceptable. If you are not a member of RPSL and are interested, Martin Roper (martinsroper@gmail.com) will submit bids for you, if contact is made with him before 20th March. martinsroper@gmail.com


New Thanks to Len Stanway the TMP Index and Malaysisa and Singapore New Issues Indices are updated to issue 262 of TMP

New PIctures of the Leicester Meeting on March 8th 2014


New Meeting Report Saturday Feb 15 2014 11.00 a.m. Joint meeting with KGVI Society. KGVI Malaya (Straits, MPU, BMA, Singapore and Malayan States)



New Pdf's of The 22 March 2014 MSG Auction catalogue, bid forms, and many illustrations of lots are on this website!

Go to the 22 March 2014 Auction page to get to the Pdf files


Prof Cheah Jin Seng

Prof Cheah Jin Seng has been awarded the title of Datuk by the Sultan of Selangor on December 11th 2013. We send him our congratulations.
The official announcement is that the title of Datuk has been awarded to :
Singapore's National University Hospital emeritus consultant and writer of Selangor Early Postcards (2011), Perak Early Postcards (2010) and Malaya 500 Early Postcards (2008) books, Prof Dr Cheah Jin Seng

New Stamp Essex Fair 2014

There is a 70th Anniversary Stamp Fair on 10th May 2014, 10.30 - 4.00 p.m., at the Marconi Social Club, Tydemans, Chelmsford, CM2 9FH

Pdf - Flyer about the Stamp Fair

Pdf - Map of the Marconi Centre

Pdf - Press Release about the 70th Anniversary


New Book Review of Postal Stationery of South East Asia under Japanese Occupation by Masayoshi Tsuchiya FRPSL

New Book Review Postal Stationery of South East Asia under Japanese Occupation


Next London meetings at Spink

Spink, 69 Southampton Row, London WC [Nearest Undergound stations Holborn Kingsway, and Russell Square


Saturday Mar 22 2014 AGM & Auction

Saturday Apr 12 2014 Andrew Norris: Labuan.

Next UK Regional MSG Meetings

Saturday Mar 08 2014 Leicester Meeting

Saturday June 14 2014 Milton Keynes Meeting: Censorship of the Mails, Members displays, led by Mac McClaren.

Saturday May 31 2014 Scotland Meeting in Glasgow

New Report Members Displays - Kedah & Perlis, Spink London, January 18th 2014

New Report Informal Members Meeting in Singapore, January 5th 2014

New Report Natural Resources of Malaya - Members Displays - December 14th 2013


Fake Covers on EBay.
Recently a rash of Fake Malayan covers have been seen on eBay, mainly BMA in appearance, they would be very rare if genuine. Other fakes have been noted from the same source. Be Careful.


Gibbons Stamp Monthly September 2013 is a special edition for the 50th Anniversary of Malaysia, and includes articles by five members of the Group. Rush out and buy one today! A sixth article appeared in October's GSM. Thanks to the Editor, Dean Shepherd, the cover and the articles are reproduced as Pdf files on this website.

Special website page for the September & October 2013 Malaysia articles in GSM

Annual Subscriptions

The annual subscription is £20(US$34) , with a £5 discount for members who pay on time, so if you pay by June 30th you pay £15(US$25.50).. Any member paying their subscription after June 30th in any year will have to pay £20 (US$34).For new members joining after 1st October the subscription is £22.50 ($US46.75), being half sub. for current year and full sub. for next year. Anyone in the US or Canada paying Stephen Schuman at sdsch@earthlink.net by PayPal must add US$1.00.

The 2013 - 4 MSG Programme Card is now on this site as a Pdf file

MSG Programme Card 2013 - 4 Pdf view or download


Dominic Morris, our Hon.Secretary, has a copy of the 24 page 1953 Federation of Malaya Young Report on Detention and Deportation during the Emergency.

It has much detail of the Camps. Please contact him if you would like him to email a copy to you. It is approx 18 mb consisting of 24 jpeg images.


50th anniversary of Malaysia celebrations at

the 30th FIAP Asian International Stamp Exhibition

As part of the 50th anniversary of Malaysia celebrations, the Philatelic Society of Malaysia organised a special Tri-Nation (Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand) exhibition. This was the 30th FIAP Asian International Stamp Exhibition. For more information please contact Dr. N. H. Gong at gongngiehee@yahoo.co.uk.

The awards to Malaysian and Singaporean MSG members at the Tri-Nation Exhibition, and at Malpex - The Malaysia National Stamp Exhibition, and the Thailand 2013 World Stamp Exhibition, and some other Malayan area exhibits, are on the Awards & Medals page of this website

Awards & Medals Page

New Report Members Displays - Kedah & Perlis, Spink London, January 18th 2014

New Informal Members Meeting in Singapore, January 5th 2014

Report Natural Resources of Malaya - Members Displays - December 14th 2013

Report MSG Bourse & Displays Saturday 23rd November 2013 - Shippers, Perfins & Traders - Pictures and notes

Report MSG Auction Saturday 19th October 2013 - Malcolm Wade's BMA - Pictures and notes on the Auction

Meeting Report September 14 2013 50th Anniversary of Malaysia

Meeting Report Richard Hale's presentation in Singapore at the Singapore Philatelic Museum 20th July 2013 Appeal

Meeting Report Bill Pain led Display Trengganu 29th June 2013

Milton Keynes Meeting Pictures & report

Edinburgh 2013 Meeting Pictures & report

Australia 2013 Preliminary Report

Meeting Report Richard Hale Display Southern Peninsular Malaya 1935-42, Plus April 20th 2013


Malaysia Singapore & Australia Meetings Diary

MSG Meetings in Malaysia, Singapore & Australia

MSG Meetings in Malaysia

Please Contact Dr.N.H.Gong for meeting details


MSG Meetings in Singapore

Please contact Bernard Chung for details


Venue: Singapore Philatelic Society 2pm

MSG Meetings in Australia


Australia - Sydney Group, on the Meeting Page

MSG Australia Programme 2014


Contact Jeff Newman for details of the next meeting
Phone 02 9498 3762 or <jeff_and_dorothy@hotmail.com>



MSG Projects

Appeal for assistance "Singapore registration handstamps"

Len Stanway is currently updating the Group’s “Singapore Post Offices and Registration Labels” book, with the intention of going to press early next year [in 2014] . He asks that any member who has a Singapore cover or piece which has a Singapore registration handstamp to send him details and, if possible, a scan of the cover/piece. These handstamps were primarily used before the introduction of labels in 1911 and during the 1920s austerity period, but have also been used in emergency from time to time since. Please contact him at len.stanway@btinternet.com


The MacMcClaren SS One Cent Surcharges Project - The Documents are here,with a new Excel recording sheet!Go to this page to read and download the documents for the SS One Cent Surcharges Project


Japanese Occupation 4c Tin Dredging Card Project with a new discovery


The Chinese New Year

The bronze figure of a galloping horse, with its hoof on a flying swallow, from the Eastern Han Dynasty

Happy New Year January 31st 2014 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse

Gong Xi Fa Cai -- Kiong Hee Huat Tsai.-- Kung Hei Fat Choi -- Selamat Tahun Baharu

[Mandarin -- Hokkien -- Cantonese -- Malay]

The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as 'Qianli Ma', a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).



The Malaya Study Group website was originally created by the late John Morgan, to whom we are indebted for his pioneering dedication to the Group.





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