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Literature: THEMATIC ANIMAL POSTAGE STAMPS OF MALAYSIA: STUDY OF STATE NARRATIVES FROM THE COLONIALISM TO THE POST-COLONIALISM

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This research explores the visual representation of animals in postage stamps issued in North Borneo, Sarawak, British Malaya and Malaysia from the 19th to the 20th century. Since postage stamps were an official product of the State, this research exemplifies the postage stamp as a part of the visual culture that facilitates different State narratives and reveals their contribution towards the formation of colonial or national identities. Furthermore, the study explores visual art from a sociocultural perspective, intending to augment its value as a piece of historical evidence. It shows the visual representations of postage stamps as a record of the civilising process by examining the changes in animal representation as it shifts from a kaleidoscope of exotic romanticism towards the righteous pride of animal protection in
the postcolonial era. More than hundreds of thematic animal stamps that were issued in Malaysia were examined in order to identify the preferences influencing animal selection in both colonial and postcolonial era. Following that, background studies, theoretical analysis and visual methodologies form the main research approaches. This paper addresses the research gap that State narratives are disputable without any visual cultural element or ideological construct.

01-02-2001 – Formation of Putrajaya Federal Territory / Putrajaya Wilayah Persekutuan

Putrajaya, conferred the status of Federal Territory on 1.2.2001, houses Malaysia’s Federal Government Administrative Centre as well as comprises landscaped residential areas, commercial, culture, sports, recreational, and information technology centers.

Spread over 4,581 acres in the center of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), the city also lies in close proximity to the KL International Airport, Cyberjaya and Federal Capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Putrajaya is a well-planned modern city built to meet the challenges of the new millennium reflecting also, the rich cultural and natural heritage of the country. It’s an Intelligent City that turns to nature for inspiration to create A City In A Garden.

30sen – Perdana Putra Building
RM1 – Perdana Putra Builing, Highway, Government Office Building
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