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Visit Malaysia Year 2007

(19 March 2007)

 

Visit Malaysia Year 2007 Visit Malaysia Year 2007

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One Golden Celebration

Malaysia, a truly fascinating destination blessed with beautiful landscapes, colorful cultures as well as warm and friendly people is now ready to celebrate 2007 with joy and grandeur. This year, it's the Visit Malaysia Year 2007, a year long celebration to commemorate Malaysia's 50th Year of Independence. It is the year full of exciting festivals and events as Malaysia welcomes its guests from around the world in one golden celebration.

Visit 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.

Flora 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.



Technical Details

Date of Issue 19 March 2007
Denomination 30 sen x 2, 50 sen x 2
Stamp Size 40mm x 30mm
Miniature Sheet Denomination RM2.00
Miniature Sheet Size 100mm x 70mm
Stamp Size in Miniature Sheet 30mm x 50mm
Perforation 14
Sheet Content 20 stamps
Paper SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process Lithography

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