The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was established in 1961 with the objective to create an independent path in world of politics that would not result in member States becoming pawns in the struggles between the major powers.
NAM was formed during the Cold War, at the collective initiative of President Josip Eroz Tito of the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India, and President Ahmad Soekarno of Indonesia, as an organisation of States that did not seek to formally align themselves with either the United States or Soviet Union, but sought to remain independent or neutral.
Malaysia was officially brought into the fold of the Movement as a member country with its participation in the Informal Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NAM in 1969.
The Conference of HOS/Gs, or NAM Summit, is held every three years. It is the highest decision making authority of the Movement. Malaysia attended its first ever Summit as a member country in 1970.
Malaysia hosted the XIII NAM Summit from 20 to 25 Feb 2003 in Kuala Lumpur. In conjunction with this event, Pos Malaysia issued a set of 4 stamps to commemorate this event.
Date of Issue : 6 Feb 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Besides above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia, a limited number of commemorative vanity plates with prefixes XIII NAM are made available by the Malaysian Road Transport Department.
Vanity plates are vehicle registration number plate with distinctive prefixes made available by Malaysian Road Transport Department at a higher cost.