Wednesday, June 30, 2010

News and picture from STAR ONLINE
Stick-on flowers: Diyana Lean Abdullah displaying the new series of stamps.

Pos Malaysia to replace birds with flowers in new stamps

KUALA LUMPUR: Pos Malaysia has issued a new collection of garden flowers under its definitive stamps and first day cover series in conjunction with the new postal tariff tomorrow.

The eight species featured in the stamps are lotus (Nelembium nelumbo), bunga tiga bulan (Hydrangea acrophylla), boungainvillea, red lilly (Hippeastrum reticulatun), Hibiscus rosa sinensis, morning glory (Ipomoea indica) and bunga tasbih (Cana orientalis and Allamanda cathartica.)

The definitive stamps come in two series — state and national.

“This collection is the sixth national definitive series. The previous series were on birds (1965), butterflies (1970), animals (1979), fruits (1986) and birds again (2005),” said senior assistant manager of the Stamp and Philately division Diyana Lean Abdullah.

“The stamps, which are 27mm x 32mm in size, are available in eight denominations: 30 sen, 50 sen, 60 sen, 70 sen, 80 sen, 90 sen, RM1 and RM2,” she said.

“Stamp collectors should buy the bird series,” said Diyana.

She added the garden flowers would be replacing the bird series.

“The flowers featured in the state definitive stamps will strike a chord of familiarity with all Malaysians as the flowers are usually seen in our gardens.”

“Pos Malaysia pays tribute to the flowers that brighten up our homes and gardens by immortalising them in our special edition definitive stamps,” said Pos Malaysia group managing director/CEO Datuk Syed Faisal Albar in a statement.

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