New stamps launched for Royal birthday
By P Marilyn

To commemorate the monarch's 60th birthday celebration, the Department of Postal Services - under the Ministry of Communications - yesterday held the launching of commemorative stamps, First Day Cover and Miniature Sheets at the Mail and Parcel Processing Centre in Berakas.

Present at the launch was Ministry of Communications Deputy Minister cum guest of honour Dato Paduka Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Abdul Hamid.

Also present at the event were Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications Dato Paduka Awang Haji Md Yusof bin Haji Md Hassan, Acting Postmaster General Haji Abd Kadir bin Tengah, as well as directors, heads of departments and senior officers under the Ministry of Communications.

In a speech, Haji Abd Kadir noted that the event marked the expression of devotion, loyalty, duties and services of personnel from the Ministry of Communications - particularly the Department of Postal Services - in celebrating His Majesty's 60th birthday.

The design of the miniature sheets illustrates His Majesty's personal background history reflecting his early years of education and His Majesty's coronation.

The day also saw the presentation of commemorative stamps, First Day Cover and Miniature Sheets to all postmasters. They will be available at 22 post office branches throughout Brunei commencing today (from 8 am to 3 pm) with the exception of the Brunei Shell Petroleum branch.

The six commemorative stamps of different designs will be sold at 60 cents a piece, while the Miniature Sheets and First Day Cover will be sold at $3.60 and 45 cents per piece respectively.

The exclusive edition of Miniature Sheets costing $260 a piece will also be released and sold during the upcoming get together event with His Majesty in the Brunei-Muara District.

The availability of the exclusive Miniature Sheets will be limited.

Stamp collectors can reserve the newly launched commemorative stamps at the Philatelic Unit at 2381486 or through any post office throughout the nation. - Borneo Bulletin (15th July 2006)