Similar to the MALPEX exhibition cover in my other blog, this is another preprinted stamp exhibition cover for Selangor Philatelic Exhibition ("SELPEX"). It was held from 7 - 15 july 1990 in Shah Alam. This postal stationery envelope, which was sold for 30 sen, features an imprinted ‘stamp’ reproducing a rejected design for the Selangor 20c. stamp. The lettering and layout differs from the normal issue and shows the oil palm fruit in close-up. The sultan’s head and arms are much smaller. You can see below for the different between the Malpex print and this print.
See the different between the SELPEX agricultural oil palm ("kelapa sawit") stamp with the original stamp? The different is very obvious. Aside from the pictorial differences, the font type and size used for the the word "Malaysia" and "20c" is also different from the normal print. The unique stamp as printed on the cover make this an essential collection for all hardcore agricultural state definitive series collectors.
"Selangor Darul Ehsan Arch"
The arch as featured on the cover and the cancellation is the infamous Selangor Darul Ehsan arch along Federal Highway which link from Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya. As a commemoration of the cession of Kuala Lumpur to the federal government to form a Federal Territory by Selangor, the building of the arch was commissioned by the late Sultan of Selangor, Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah on 1 February 1974. This arch symbolises the sacrifice of the Selangor state to the federal government. This arch was officially opened in 1981. The arch's design incorporates influences from Moorish architecture. This can be seen in the domes on the arch.