I don’t collect Malaya FDC covers (maybe I will at some stage) but some of these first anniversary of independence FDCs and some pre-independent FDC that appeared in eBay recently somewhat grabbed my attention. The colours and design are striking and somewhat political.
Here are some of the covers:
Cover 1: First anniversary of independence of Malaya, 31st August 1958. This one is quite curious because of the final price of £90.88. As a non-collector, I find it quite surprising that an FDC could fetch such a price. The design though is quite attractive showing a map of the Malaya peninsula with the coat of arms at the centre. The flags are that of Malaya (12 stripes of red and white) and of Selangor. Under the arms are three people which I suspect represent the three major races in Malaya – Malay, Chinese and Indian. The word “MERDEKA” (independence) is printed underneath.
Cover 2: This one is easily my favourite of all. It is multiply franked with stamps of Malacca two of which are not cancelled. It shows the map of Malaya with a hostile-looking tiger at the centre. The date is 21 Aug 1957 – just 10 days before the declaration of independence in Malaya. The Singapore map is uncoloured similar to that of Thailand territory.
Cover 3: This is a pre-independence Malaya FDC showing the A. Famosa fortress in Malacca. The Union Jack is hoisted quite prominently from Malacca.
Cover 4: This FDC commemorates the Economic Commission for Asia and Far East (ECAFE) which was held in Kuala Lumpur from the 5th-15th March 1958. This one has got the Penang coat of arms on it while all the other states of Malaya are represented by their respective flags.
The Malaya Study Group (MSG) 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. To join the society, please visit the Malaya Study Group website.