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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.

03-09-2009 – The First Malaysian Submarine / Kapal Selam Malaysia Pertama

Malaysia’s first submarine, “KD Tunku Abdul Rahman,” docks in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. The Scorpene submarine arrived at a naval base on peninsular Malaysia’s west coast Thursday after a 54-day voyage from France.
Malaysia’s first submarine arrived at a Malaysian naval base at Port Klang in its central state of Selangor on Thursday.
KD Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR), the submarine named after Malaysia’s first prime minister, arrived at the KD Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah naval base at Pulau Indah, west part of Port Klang, after a 54-dayjourney.
Malaysian Supreme Head Mizan Zainal Abidin and Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah were at the port to welcome the new member of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi were also present to witness the historic moment.

30sen – Kapal Diraka, Tunku Abdul Rahman (KD TAR)
30sen x 5 – Kapal Diraka, Tunku Abdul Rahman (KD TAR)
50sen – Kapal Diraka, Tunku Abdul Rahman (KD TAR)
50sen – Kapal Diraka, Tunku Abdul Rahman (KD TAR)
Sheets: 30sen x 20, 50sen x 20, 50sen x 20

Malaysia’s first submarine arrives at Pulau Indah
PORT KLANG: The Royal Malaysian Navy’s first submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, arrived at KD Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, the naval base in Pulau Indah here on Thursday.

The Scorpene submarine, with 32 officers and crew members on board led by commanding officer Zulhelmey Ithnain, reached the jetty at 9.20am.

(The Star)

The 30 sen stamp shows a graphic sketch of KD TAR. The new generation diesel-electric submarine called Scorpene is named after a reef fish that is capable of disguising itself according to its surrounding.

The 50 sen stamp shows KD TAR equipped with the latest high technological navigation system, communication equipments and fire control system appropriate with it’s role and responsibility to face the future modern warfare.

This 50 sen stamp portrays KD TAR sailing in the ocean to begin her journey and its mission in protecting Malaysia’s sovereignty. KD TAR is one of the sophiscated asset owned by the Royal Malaysian Navy since its inception 75 years ago.

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