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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.

19-03-2007 – Visit Malaysia Year 2007 / Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2007

MS RM2 Visit Malaysia Year 2007Visit Malaysia Year 2007 is the occasion to rejoice and to share with the world the unique qualities and virtues that have contributed to the 50 years of Malaysia’s nationhood, its achievements and attainment of peace and harmony. In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007, Pos Malaysia in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia is proud to present the “Colors of Malaysia” stamp collection featuring the unique cultural and natural assets of this country, the very essence of a “Truly Asia” nation.

 

30sen – Hornbill, Forest and Flower Fauna (Birds – General)
30sen – Diver and Coral Reef Fauna (Fish)
50sen – Buildings
50sen – Handicrafts
RM2 – Flag and Buildingss

 

Booklet Plane Visit Malaysia Year 2007Flora and Fauna
Malaysia’s natural assets and rich bio-diversity lend itself quite naturally to eco-tourism. As one of the twelve mega-biologically diverse countries in the world, the nation is naturally a heaven for nature lovers. With at least 15,000 species of flowering plants, 286 species of mammals, 150,000 species of invertebrates, 4,000 species of fishes in addition to the countless micro-organisms, there is no better place in the world to experience exotic flora and fauna in their pristine tropical environment up close and personal.

Golden Treasures of the Sea
Malaysia is fast becoming one of the leading diving destinations of the world with the riches marine environment in the Indo-Pacific Basin. The incredible bio-diversity of its marine life coupled with its beautiful islands, white sandy beaches and clear warm waters keep the divers coming back for more.

Cultures and Craft of Unity
With its rich and diverse culture, Malaysia is a showcase to a delightful array of truly Asian arts and crafts. The spirit of Malaysia’s harmonious existence is reflected through the craftwork and traditional artifacts of its people. The “tepak sireh” of the Malays, the “siah” tiffin basket of the Baba-Nyonya, the lanterns of the Chinese and the oil lamp of the Indians, which are still used in many cultural festivals, reflect the warm hospitality and unity of the Malaysian community.

Religious Diversity and Tolerance
The variety of religious in Malaysia is a direct reflection of the diversity of its people. Although Islam is the state religion of Malaysia, freedom of other religions is guaranteed under the Constitution. Other main religions include Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confusionism and the animism practiced by some of the indigenous people of Malaysia. The spirit of religious tolerance, mutual understanding and respect has been the bedrock of Malaysia’s unity among its races as can be seen and experienced in the open house celebrations of its religious festivals – Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Christmas, Thaipusam and Gawai Dayak. Malaysians and visitors alike, regardless of race and religion, are welcomed to join in the colorful festivals and celebrations.

Faces of Malaysia and Its Culinary Delights
The Malays, Chinese, Indians, the Kadazandusun of Sabah and the Ibans of Sarawak along with the many other ethnic groups have contributed to the great gastronomic heritage of Malaysia. The Malays are well-known for their satay, the Chinese for their Yee Sang, and the Indians for their Banana Leaf Rice. In East Malaysia, the Kadazandusun of Sabah is popular with a raw fish salad known as the “Hinava” while the Ibans of Sarawak are known for their “Manok Pansuh”, a dish made of chicken meat stuffed in bamboo.

From their glorious food to exquisite craft work, the many races of Malaysia have influenced each other in creating a blend of cultures that is uniquely Malaysia.

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