Monday, May 5, 2008

1985 Aseanpex

1985 Aseanpex (Asean Philatelic Exhibition)

Malaysia is proud to hold the first Aseanpex exhibition in March 1985 (Singapore held the second Aseanpex in March 1986). The exhibition was held from 9 March 1985 to 24 March 1985 (16 days!!) in the National Museum, Kuala Lumpur. It was really cool to have such event lasting for half a month. You don't really get such opportunities nowadays. The latest Aseanpex that I have attended in 2005, KL Sentral, was so small that only Malaysia and Singapore booths available.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999. This is why you can only see 6 flags on this souvenir cover, because as at 1985, ASEAN members only comprises of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. As of now, ASEAN have 10 members and their latest philatelic breakthrough would be the joint issue of 40th years of Asean Building in 2007.

The ASEAN Declaration states that the aims and purposes of the Association are: (1) to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region and (2) to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter.

The ASEAN Vision 2020, adopted by the ASEAN Leaders on the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN, agreed on a shared vision of ASEAN as a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.

Please note that this is a preprinted cover and the "stamp" as appear on the cover is not a exact stamp. This would normally categorised as "postal stationery" under philatelic collection. In year 1985, POS Malaysia already had pictorial cancellation. However, no special cancellation were created for ASEANPEX 1985. Thus, all the 16 days exhibition cancellations were the dull circle as shown above.

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