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Malaysia

16th September 1963

- Changes of Administration - Timeline

Asia 18

Mal1
  1963 #1 xxx

perf16, wmk "PTM" multiple, photo

Description   Scott# SG# Mi# Y&T#  
10 sen violet and yellow   1 1      
12s green and yellow   2 2      
50s dark red-brown and yellow   3 3      

Summarised from Wikipedia: "Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo). Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government.

"Malaysia has its origins in the Malay kingdoms present in the area which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. The first British territories were known as the Straits Settlements, whose establishment was followed by the Malay kingdoms becoming British protectorates. The territories on Peninsular Malaysia were first unified as the Malayan Union in 1946. Malaya was restructured as the Federation of Malaya in 1948, and achieved independence on 31 August 1957. Malaya united with North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore on 16 September 1963. Less than two years later in 1965, Singapore was expelled from the federation."

At the time of writing (July 2016) Malaysia is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The gradual amalgamation of states forming Malaysia is shown in detail here and summarised below.

Scott [1] notes that "Sabah and Sarawak, having different rates than mainland Malaysia, continued to issue their own stamps after joining the federation. The system of individual state issues was extended to Perak in Oct. 1963, and to the 10 other members in Nov. 1965."


Changes of Administration

FedMal
MalPUD3
FedMal1
Mal1
Federated Malay States
Malayan Postal Union
Federation of Malaya
Federation of Malaysia
1900 Sc1 SG1
Negri Sembilan o/p
1936 Sc-J9 SG-D3 1957 Sc1 SG1 1963 Sc1 SG1

Malaysia, Phases
Gibbons
SG
Date
Scott
Sc
Federated Malay States
1-82
1900
 
1-79
Malayan Postal Union
D1-D6
1936
Malaya
J7-J27
Federation of Malaya
1-36
1957
80-115
Federation of Malaysia
1+
1963
 
1+

For the Malayan Postal Union, Gibbons [2] states that Postage Due stamps were used for normal postage in Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States from 1936 and more extensively through Malaya and Singapore during WW2. SG-D3 is the earliest (June 1936): the 1c purple (Sc-J7, SG-D1) was issued in April 1938; the 4c green (Sc-J8, SG-D2) in September 1936.


Occupation

MalJap30
MalThai
MalBMA
Japanese Occupation
Thai Occupation §
British Military Admin.
1943 Sc-N30 SG-J298 1943 Sc-2N1 SG-TM1 1945 Sc SG1

This is Scott's first for Malaya, Japanese occupation although the second in the set (4c rose red) was issued a few weeks earlier. Gibbons lists around 150 overprints under General Issues before running together two sets that Scott treats separately.
§ Scott notes that these were used in Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trengganu.

Sources: ScS [1], SGP1 [2].

Images from David Olson, NB, ebay, exonumi.

FI ref: 353, 675 Page credit: NB

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