The recently concluded Kota Kinabalu 2013 Stamp Exhibition was held from 27th to 30th November 2013 in conjunction with the launching of U-Pustaka at the Sabah State Library Headquarters.
The opening ceremony was graced by many VIPs, most notable being Tengku Zaib Raja Ahmad representing Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Datuk Siti Sapoo Hj Ahok representing the Ministry of Community Development and Consumer Affairs and Dato’ Anuar Bashah, President of the Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM).
The theme for the Stamp Exhibition was “LOVE MALAYSIA”, to mark and celebrate 50 years of Malaysia since its formation, through philately. Important historical events of the nation during the past 50 years were captured on stamps and displayed over the four days.
The highlight was the exhibits from SMK Pekan Telipok, Tuaran which won a Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Effort at a recent National Competition. The Stamp Exhibition was a historical event per se, being organised for the very first time in Sabah by PSM, the national stamp organization, with Pos Malaysia.
As a show of respect for the people of Sabah, slogans in Kadazan were introduced for the first time in the history of Malaysian philately.
As such, the official exhibition covers are very collectable in view that only 150 sets (of 4) were made. Over the four days, we had witnessed more than 70,000 (Seventy Thousand) stamps going to new homes, hundreds of Exhibition covers that will travel into history as the first Kadazan Slogan covers made, so many serious looking people giggling like children in their search for their favourite stamps and so many new friends made.
Shown is one of the modes of transaction – selling by weight. Just by looking at the joy on their faces made our hard work all the more worthwhile.