Saturday, September 10, 2016

Penang Free School: Stamps issued for school’s bicentenary



GEORGE TOWN: Pos Malaysia will roll out first day covers and stamps to commemorate Penang Free School’s (PFS) bicentenary.

PFS Bicentenary Celebration Committee member Syed Azhar Syed Azizuddin said the memorabilia would be available for sale du­ring the celebration at the school on Oct 21.

A folder containing a brochure of the school’s history, 70 sen stamps, 80 sen stamps and 90 sen stamps (20 each), a RM5 miniature stamp and two first day covers is priced at RM71.45.

“Only 2,000 folders will be available. The items will become significant and be of histo­rical value,” he told a press conference at the school on Wednesday.

The stamps and first day covers will be available at post offices nationwide after the launch.

“A mobile post office will be here at the school compound and only they will postmark ‘Penang Free School, Jalan Masjid Negeri’ on the stamps and first day covers,” said Syed Azhar.

Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Rafique Karim said some 4,500 PFS alumni would ga­­the­r for a grand dinner at the school on Oct 21.

Among the dignitaries are Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail and Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

“Penang Free School is the oldest English school not only in Malaysia, but also in South-East Asia. Many Old Frees will be back for the celebration, some coming from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong and many other countries,” he said.

On Oct 21, a book titled Let the Aisles Proclaim will be launched and a time capsule will be placed into a new outdoor monument.

A golf tournament will be held at Penang Golf Club in Bukit Jambul on Oct 22 while a photograph exhibition will be held at the school hall from Oct 18-22.

On Sept 18, 70 Old Frees boys on their superbikes, scooters and even kapchai will tour the island.

*Taken from The Star Online

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