Old China Town KL The Malaya Study Group Selangor SG 87

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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Stampex 2014 - September 17th - 20th at the Design Centre Islington


Worthing Meeting Members Displays,

Saturday 20th Sept 2014 11.00 a.m.

The annual Worthing gathering will be East Worthing Community Centre, Pages Lane, Worthing BN11 2NQ ( walking distance from East Worthing Railway station, just off Ham Road and there is easy parking ) As usual the meeting will start with Tea + Coffee then Member’s displays all day. Bring a display if you can, or a query or at least bring yourself !

For more infomation and a map click here


Postal Stationery & Revenues MSG Auction Saturday October 18th 2014


The Auction Catalogue, and profuse illustrations are here on the website, click here for full details

Postal bids should be made on the form included in the printed catalogue and included in the pdf file below and sent to the auctioneer.
Note: closing date for postal and email bids is Thursday 16th October 2014 16.00 GMT.
Bids both postal and email should be sent to Carl Stott
Mr. C. Stott, 12 Martingale Rd, Billericay, CM11 1SG U.K.
E mail to carlrstott@aol.com

David Tett's POW Collection Auction, Hong Kong, Mid January 2015 SPINK AUCTION Free Catalogue

David Tett is selling a substantial part of his POW collection comprising Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Manchuria, the material that was illustrated in Volumes 2, 4 5 and 6 on his series on the Postal History of the POWs and Civilian Internees in East Asia in WW2. It does not include Malaya and Singapore or Burma and Thailand.

The collection is being auctioned by Spink, Hong Kong in Mid Janaury 2015
Anybody who would like a catalogue can email NGranger@spink.com quoting Auction 1785.


Two important Spink Singapore Auctions 20th September 2014

Be ready to act to get the catalogues!

Spink are offering catalogues for two very significant auctions for Malaya & Singapore collectiors to be held in Spink Singapore on 20th September 2014.

The catalogues will be online approximately 3 weeks before the Sale date, www.spink.com

Any MSG member wanting a printed copy should contact Nick Startup NStartup@spink.com

Catalogue 1 – Sale of Stamps from Singapore Philatelic Handling Collection – This is Singapore stamps and revenues only.

Catalogue 2 – Stamps and Covers of South East Asia featuring The Award-Winning Collection of Straits Settlements and Malayan States Revenues formed by Peter Cockburn, fine sections of Brunei, Labuan, North Borneo and Sarawak, and the Borneo portion of David Tett's Collection of POW and Civilian Internee Mail

These are portions of the leading collections of two prominent philatelists and MSG members, Peter Cockburn and David Tett.

For more about them go to: SpinkAuctionSeptember2014

The Research Page has been updated with the announcement of the BL Crawford Library Digitisation project

See the BL Crawford Library Digitisation Project Pdf file

The MSG Programme Card for 2014-2015 is on this website, as a page, and as a downloadable Pdf.


Warning - forged TEMANGEN cancel

For details and an illustration press here


New Meeting Report May 31st 2014 Glasgow

New Meeting Report June 14th 2014 Milton Keynes


Subscription Reminder April 2014

MSG Subscriptions are now overdue, and, good news, are still £15. If you have not already paid please do so now.You may pay for 2 extra years at the current rate if you wish.

The amount increases to £20 if you have not paid by 30th June.

If you are in doubt as to whether you have already paid, please ask me, or your local country representative. If you have lost the pink notice giving details of how to pay that was included in the last mailing and you need a copy, please let me know. My contact details and the contact details for your local representative appear on the back page of The Malayan Philatelist.

If you do not want to continue as a member, which I hope will not be the case, please let me, or your local representative know, so the Group does not waste money in sending you unwanted material.


PLEASE ACT NOW so that it doesn't get forgotten


Many thanks, Carl Stott, Treasurer. carlrstott@aol.com

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.


New Members of the MSG were among the over 100 people attending the stunning Display of Revenue material by Peter Cockburn at the Royal Philatelic Society, London, on February 27th 2014. It was an outstanding Display, which will be described fully on the RPSL website.

Peter introducing the display


A few of the frames


Part of the audience at this busy display


Peter receiving the placette for the RPSL display

New Francis Podger awarded the Tapling Medal

Francis Podger an active member of the MSG has benn awarded the Tapling Medal for the best paper in "The London Philatelist" for his article "Singapore: The use and Development of Revenue Impressed stamps."

New Thanks to Len Stanway the TMP Index and Malaysisa and Singapore New Issues Indices are updated to issue 264 of TMP

New Meeting Report May 31st 2014 Glasgow

New Meeting Report June 14th 2014 Milton Keynes

New Meeting Report Saturday April 12th 2014 - Labuan, a Display by Andrew Norris

Report of the AGM and Auction March 22 2014

Saturday March 17th 2014 - Australia wide MSG meeting in Canberra

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

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

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


Auction 18 October 2014 Not before 13.15

Auction: Postal Stationery and Revenues (Viewing from

22 November 2014 11.00/ 13.15 Bourse & Members’ Displays : World War 1

13 December 2014 12.00/ 13.15 Festive repast and Members’ Displays: Cinderellas

Next UK Regional MSG Meetings

20 September 2014 11.00 Worthing Meeting (Pages Lane)

For more infomation and a map click here

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


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

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

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


The Crawford Digitisation Project - Digitisation of the Crawford Collection in the British Library

The Royal Philatelic Society London, and Paul Skinner, FRPSL, Head Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collection have announced a very important project. Fuller details are set out in the attached pdf file

The Crawford Digitisation Project pdf file

This is included on our Research Page


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).



Malaysia News

H.R.H the Sultan of Selangor 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


Go to the Message from HRH the Sultan of Selangor

2013 General Election Results by State

Wikipedia Malaysia Election Results 2013

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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