Date of Issue: 31.12.1999
30sen x 10, MS RM1, Sheet 30sen x 20, Presentation Pack
Setem Millenium 1/20
The hornbill in flight shows the rich diversity of wildlife in Malaysia. A fern which has existed since the time of the dinosaurs and a pitcher plant, represent the rich and complex ecosystem of the land.
Setem Millenium 2/20
A graphic representation of Mount Kinabalu, South-East Asia´s highest mountain is complemented by a rendition of a montane forest with graceful birds in flight over tree-tops. The two ceramic pots symbolise man´s ingenuity in harnessing natural resources for his own use.
Setem Millenium 3/20
Malaysia has a huge variety of tree species. The tualang is a tree native to Malaysia. It is the most gracious and the tallest tree in the Malaysian forests. It is so outstanding, that some quarters are suggesting that it be made the national tree. The frog is a common amphibian of Malaysia´s wetlands – a significant buffer zone that maintains the ecological balance.
Setem Millenium 4/20
Land in Malaysia is being optimised to achieve self-sufficiency in food supply. Oil palm trees take centre-stage as the country is the world´s top producer of palm oil. The set of rubber rollers is a nostalgic reminder that rubber was once the life-blood of Malaysia´s economy.
Setem Millenium 5/20
A serence scene of a boat in the open waters is a powerful image that depicts an aspect of Malaysia´s history as rivers and lakes were an integral part of the nation´s past. They were the highways along which settlements were built. Now rivers and lakes are being harnessed to generate power. Fish is still the main source of protein consumed in this country.
Setem Millenium 6/20
A mountain range enveloped in mist symbolises a time long gone. An elegant replica of traditional Malay architecture epitomises the skills of Malay craftsmen in days gone by. Joints and fittings were put in place without the use of a single nail. Every component fitted perfectly. The mousedeer enjoys a special place in Malay folklore and was said to be inspirational in giving Melaka her name.
Setem Millenium 7/20
The Straits of Melaka, seen in the background was an important link for East-West trade. It still is. Trees depict the richness of Malaysia that once made her the focal point of spice traders. The elephant, a mode of transport favoured by rulers and noblemen in the past, tells of an influence assimilated from other cultures, notably of Indian and Siamese.
Setem Millenium 8/20
The replice of a Chinese junk that was used by Admiral Cheng Ho, symbolises the power and influence wielded by China in the past. The majestic junk and the kris which is the symbol of power of the Malay rulers, underlines the harmonious Malaysia-China ties that have been established since the 15th Century.
Setem Millenium 9/20
The A Famosa marks the beginning of Western colonisation. The cannon indicates the colonisers power. The clock tower servers two purposes. Firstly, as an enduring symbol of colonial architecture; and secondly, the birth of the nation´s independence. It was at the twelfth chime of this clock on 30th August 1957, that a new, independent and sovereign Malaya was born.
Setem Millenium 10/20
A serence picture of Malaysia is symbolised by a sailing boat amidst swaing coconut trees by the sea-shore. It is the wish of all Malaysians – to live in a peaceful country with beautiful surroundings.