Saturday, April 30, 2016

Islands & Beaches of Malaysia - Series III

It has been more than a decade since the last issue by Pos Malaysia on island and beaches of Malaysia. In 2015, Pos Malaysia issued another set of stamps featuring five of these gems of Malaysia.

The following four islands are featured in the se-tenant stamps while Pulau Mataking, Sabah is featured in the miniature sheet.

Pulau Sembilang, Pahang - This island, gazetted as a marine park on 20 Oct 1994, is part of the Pulau Tioman group of islands. Situated at about 30 km from Tanjung Gemok, with waters covering 6,060 hectares, this island has no inhabitant or any resort operator. Records show that there are 57 species of hard corals here.

Pulau Satang, Sarawak - Pulau Satang is made up of Satang Besar and Satang Kecil, and is part of the Talang-Satang Marine National Park. A centre has been set up here to conserve Sarawak's turtle population. Best time to visit would be between Apr and Oct when turtles land and hatchings are released. Diving is another main activity in Satang where coral reefs fringe two-thirds of the island's edge.

Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu - Situated in the South China Sea, Pulau Tenggol has no local residents, instead four resorts are available here. Gazetted as a marine park on 27 Mar 1998, it is mainly a rocky outcrop, with only a few sandy beaches. There are 13 scuba diving spots - popular ones are Tanjung Api, Tokong Timur and Tokong Laut; while the more challenging spots are popularly known as the Fishbowl and the Highway. Pulau Tenggol is also where colourful coral reefs, turtles and manta ray are found.

Pulau Tinggi, Johor - Pulau Tinggi is part of the 13 islands gazetted as marine parks on 20 Oct 1994. The value of the reef heritage of this island is immense - there are more than 228 hard coral species, over 300 species of reef fish and 11 species of seaweeds here. The beaches are made up of fine sand while the island's interior are covered by jungles.


Date of Issue : 17 Nov 2015
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 70 sen and 2 x 80 sen
Stamp Size : 70mm x 100mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography


Past issues by Pos Malaysia on Islands & Beaches of Malaysia stamp series :

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