Malaysia is a federal monarchy in Southeast Asia consisting of 13 states and three federal territories. It was established on 16 September 1963. Prior to that, a Malayan Federation was formed on 1 February 1948. It became an independent member of the British Commonwealth in 1957. The first stamps of Malaysia, issued on 16 September 1963, depict a map of the new country. The states continued to issue stamps, but these were restricted to low denomination definitive stamps and incidental commemorative stamps for special anniversaries.
Malaysia – The Making of a Nation (Cheah Boon Kheng), 981-230-154-2