Pos Malaysia Berhad will be issuing a special collection of stamps and first-day covers with regards to Orang Asli Lifestyle on 27th September 2010.

Orang Asli are actually the aborigines of Malaysia. Its great that POS Malaysia is finally issuing stamps to commemorate their life style. Sadly, its been long overdue as I believe the aborigines in Malaysia can and should be included in many of the recent stamp designs; namely traditional costume 2009, traditional food 2010. Anyway, kudos to the great effort by POS Malaysia.

There will be 3 design each for the 60 sen denomination, 70 sen denomination and 80 sen denomination. In addition, the cover will be sold at 30 sen each. I love this issue as it yet again gives us the opportunity to create beautiful maxicards.

STAMP SET 3v :RM2.10
Cover: 30 sen

MNH stamps


A little info on Orang Asli in Malaysia:

Orang Asli (lit, "original peoples" or "aboriginal peoples" in Malay) is a general Malaysian term used for any indigenous groups that are found in Peninsular Malaysia. They are divided into three main tribal groups – Semang (Negrito), Senoi, and Proto-Malay (Aboriginal Malay). The Orang Asli are further divided into 18 sub-ethnic group according to their different languages and customs. The Negritos are usually found in the northern region of the peninsula, the Senois in the central region, and the Proto-Malay in the southern region. There is an Orang Asli museum at Gombak, which is about 25 km north of Kuala Lumpur.

According to the Encyclopedia of Malaysia, the Negritos, who number approximately 2,000, are regarded as the earliest inhabitants of the Malay Peninsula. They are of Australo-Melanesian affinity and probably descend from the people of Hoabinhian cultural period, with many of their burials found dating back 10,000 years ago. They speak the Aslian languages which is part of the Austro-Asiatic language family, as do their Senoi agriculturalist neighbours. Negritos belong to various subgroups, namely the Kensiu, Kintak, Lanoh, Jahai, Mendriq and Bateq. Those from Perak, Kedah and Pahang are also known as Sakai, the meaning of "Sakai" is debt slaves, while those from Kelantan and Terengganu were called Pangan, the forest peoples. The Senoi and Proto-Malay arrived much later probably during the Neolithic period.

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