Malaysia kicks off largest stamp fair

08:31, January 19, 2011      

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The largest stamp exhibition in Malaysia's history kicked off at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, expecting to attract some 300,000 visitors to the fair that ends on March 25.

Penny Black, the first adhesive postage stamp issued in Britain since 1840, and the signed-Malaysia state royal first day cover, the first of its kind introduced last year during the installation of a state ruler, are among the 50,000 philately on display at the museum.

The stamp exhibition also showcases stamps and first day covers from around the world, telling stories about historical events.

The museum, together with Malaysian Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, local post services company and the National Philatelic Association jointly launched the exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The event has drawn attention of philatelists and curious crowd.

While some philatelists commemorated important events that happened in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), such as the admission of Cambodia into the regional bloc in 1999, others bragged about the multi-ethnical and cultural environment in Malaysia.

Source: Xinhua
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