ReTRIeVIA

:: trivia retrieved ::

Separation from Malaysia –politics and philately

One would expect that separating from Malaysia politically on August 9, 1965, Singapore would make all haste to become independent in all other matters. It would also be reasonable to assume that the separation would have resulted in great enmity. This was not so.

Ah! But where is the evidence for this hypothesis.

Look at these 2 stamp covers (there are many others available) and notice the dates of the postmark.
Stamps - Singapore/ Malaysia circa 1965/ 66

You can see from the Singapore postmark-dates that as late as December 1966, sixteen months after separation from Malaysia in August 1965, Singapore was still using Malaysian envelopes and stamps!

The first independent-Singapore stamps were the ones issued in August 1966 to mark the first anniversary of independence. The evidence shows that while independent-Singapore had its own stamps in August 1966, it still had the use of Malaysian stamps in December 1966.

I guess we can say that while the 2 countries were politically separated they were still philatelically attached!

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2002
Tan Wee Kiat

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Written by Ivan Chew

17 December, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Posted in Year 2002

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  1. Hi Prof Tan

    I enjoyed reading these contributions of yours while in NIE. I thought I missed them for good. Nice to have them back!

    Yew Chye

    Kong Yew Chye

    24 December, 2007 at 12:54 pm

  2. Thanks, Mr Kong, for the words of encouragement.
    This will encourage me to write more “retrievia”.

    tan wee kiat

    26 December, 2007 at 12:34 am


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