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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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Abstract

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.

29-10-1984 – Official Opening of the General Post Office / Perasmian Pejabat Pos Besar

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad opening of the General , Kuala Lumpur, which also houses the Head Office Pos . General , Kuala Lumpur was completed with the overall cost of RM 55.5 million and is located in the Dayabumi Complex, on a piece of land measuring 8, 496 square meters.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad opening of the General Post Office, Kuala Lumpur, which also houses the Head Office Pos Malaysia. General Post Office, Kuala Lumpur was completed with the overall cost of RM 55.5 million and is located in the Dayabumi Complex, on a piece of land measuring 8, 496 square meters. This ten-storey building has an area of 44,519 square meters of space chain. General Post Office located on the first floor while six post offices are located in the top three floors. As one of the most modern postal building in Southeast Asia, this building is equipped with various facilities. Among these are the chain conveyor equipment to transport sacks of mail, letters hauled container system, machine wash bags and other ancillary machines under the Postal Mechanisation System is priced at RM 8 million. It also comes with the use of closed circuit television system to monitor safety in buildings, 93 counters for various postal services, air conditioning system control center and gallery security stamps and basic facilities such as prayer rooms and two restaurants. Prime Minister at the opening ceremony stressed the need for modernization in the postal service by taking advantage of the latest advances in postal technology, including computer use. He also stressed the importance of human elements in postal services such as hospitality staff, especially at the counter according to the slogan of clean, efficient and trustworthy. This occasion, the Prime Minister launched a commemorative postage stamp is sold for 15 cents, 20 cents, RM 1.00.

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