Tuesday, December 30, 2008

PFS stamps still popular

I felt the same thing, PFS should be one of the school in the latest First Day Covers and Stamps issued in this month, even though i am not a pure Free. As the oldest school in the country that produced so many talented personnel, i feel proud to be part of the "family" during my study days from 1995 - 96.

News from The Star:

GEORGE TOWN: Stamps and first-day covers featuring the 192-year-old Penang Free School (PFS), the oldest school in the country, continues to be popular with collectors.

In 1966, the 20 sen and 50 sen stamps and first-day covers featuring the school were issued to commemorate the school’s 150th anniversary and according to stamp dealer Lee Soon Seng people are still asking for them today.

The stamp features the school’s majestic white building against a clear blue sky and green surroundings.

“A few years ago, I sold off my collection of 100 sets of the school stamps but customers are still looking for them now.

“I had to source them (for my customers) from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia because many foreigners from Commonwealth countries studied at the school and they had bought the stamps and first-day covers as their personal collection,” he said.

He added that Pos Malaysia Bhd should honour the school with new stamps as it had been over 40 years since the school appeared on a stamp.

“I have no doubt it will be popular if Pos Malaysia comes up with a new design featuring the country’s oldest school,” he said.

Pos Malaysia Bhd’s choice of four premier schools for its first-day covers and stamps recently had drawn flak from former PFS students when the school was not selected.

Some of them said that the school had great historical bearing and significance and had produced great leaders, sportsmen and academicians.

The four schools featured were SMK Victoria and SMK Convent Bukit Nanas in Kuala Lumpur, SMK St Thomas in Kuching, and SM All Saints in Kota Kinabalu and the stamps and first-day covers went on sale from Dec 16.

Stamp dealer Mohamed Abdullah, who agreed that the stamps on the school would be popular, said the covers which were sold at 80 sen per set in 1966 now cost between RM30 and RM50 each.

Fourteen-year-old Penang Free School student Josh Chen said he was disappointed that the school was left out, adding that it would have inspired more of his friends to start collecting.

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