Saturday, May 9, 2009

3 great covers from Malaysia!

Many thanks to Khor Kok Keong for sending these 3 great covers from Malaysia!!

The first cover features a lovely set of stamps from the "Engineering Excellence in Nation Building" series. It was issued on 20th April 2009.

The 3 pairs of stamps depict Transportation and Ports, Telecommunication and Power, & Road, Bridge and Dam.

Next, we have a cover with three beautiful stamps to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the Reign of His Royal Highness, Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak, marking his 25th year on the throne. The stamps were issued on 3rd February 2009.

The 30 sen stamp features a background of the Sultan’s installation ceremony, the 50 sen stamp depicts the Masjid Ubudiah in the background and the RM1 shows the portraits of Sultan Azlan Shah and Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Bainun Mohd Ali, set in a deep green background.

Last but not least, we have this gorgeous cover franked with a miniature sheet from the "Islands & Beaches of Malaysia Series II" series, issued on 28th June 2003. The 2 stamps on the sheet depict maps of Pulau Sipadan and Pulau Ligitan respectively. Sipadan lies five degrees north of the equator in the Sulawesi Sea (Celebes Sea). Like many tropical islands it is heavily forested and surrounded by sandy beaches. Sipadan was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano, which rises 600 meters from the seabed.

The island is considered one of the top five diving destinations in the world. It offers swirling tornados of barracudas, jacks and hammerhead sharks, schools of brilliantly-hued reef fish and dozens of sea turtles swimming placidly in the crystal-clear waters. More than 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystems.

While Sipadan has achieved worldwide fame, Ligitan island is the great 'secret' of the international diving community. It is the thrill of diving in unexplored waters that brings the world's best divers here to sample Nature in her most pristine form.

The underwater scene here is completely different from Sipadan's. It is a macroworld of great interest featuring rare fauna including dragonets, fire gobies, wasp or leaf fish, gurnards, the odd 'little dragonfish' or seamoth, the tame crocodile fish, giant frogfish, blue-ringed octopus, ribbon eels, mantis shrimp and crab-eye gobies, to name just a few. Indeed, the Ligitan group is regarded as one of the world's top destinations for underwater nature photography.

In addition, 4 other stamps depicting the two islands were issued as part of this beautiful set.

3 covers are coming your way, Khor! Thanks again!

1 comment:

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