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Of stamps and politics

In the previous re-trievia, I mentioned how during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya and Singapore, the Japanese commandeered the British ‘Great Britain’ stamps and overprinted them with the words for Great Japan, i.e., ‘Dai Nippon’. I was reminded of another politically-interesting set of stamps when I noticed that one of the papers in the recent NIE-organised Social Studies Conference was entitled, “Was Singapore evicted from Malaysia?”

Although Singapore separated and became a sovereign nation on Aug 9, 1965 the use of Malaysian stamps for Singapore mail continued till February 1967. I do not possess stamp covers dated Feb 1967 but do have Singapore-registered stamp covers with Malaysian stamps (of the Malaysian King, Prime Minister, etc) dated December 1966, which is a full 16 months after Singapore became independent.

Thus, while Singapore and Malaysia were ‘politically’ separate in August 1965, they were still ‘philatelically’ linked for many months after that. Nice-sounding phrase, isn’t it? (Politically-separate but philatellically-linked.)

Reminds me of the other statement about social studies, of which history and geography are big components: Geography is talking about maps; history is talking about chaps.
Of Stamps and Politics

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2000
Tan Wee Kiat


Written by Ivan Chew

14 September, 2007 at 10:51 pm

Posted in Year 2000

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  1. Yup, this is one good post for


    15 September, 2007 at 5:49 pm

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