Do you know that we now have two different types of stamp? Oh yes, we do. With effective 1st October 2016, Malaysia have not only one type of stamp, but two: Domestic Stamps and International Stamps.
So it says the introduction of international stamps is to comply with Goods and Services Tax (GST) regulations. To understand why, let’s get back to the basics. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a charged on all taxable domestic goods and services in Malaysia except those specifically exempted. International postal services is essentially transporting of mails from a place in Malaysia to a place outside Malaysia; it would be exempted from GST. These newly-introduced International Stamps are only legit for international mails, as it is GST-free. Domestic Stamps must be used for domestic mails, but these stamps can also be used for international mails. It goes without saying that if you use Domestic Stamps for international mails, you will be paying the GST for no reason.
These International Stamp has “International / Antarabangsa“ word on the stamp. There are eight stamps in the series: Festivals (10 cent), Local Fruits (20 cent, Unity (RM1), Places of Worship (RM2), Our Nation (RM5) and Handicrafts (RM20). Did you notice that 50 cent denomination is not in the line-up?
Well … if you are sending postcard to our neighboring countries, make sure that you leave enough space on the postcard or envelope for the stamps! God forbid if you need ninety cents worth of stamp!
Perhaps the only positive spin out of this new International Stamp is that it makes a nice collection for avid stamp collector.
If you would like to understand more about the GST for postal and courier, you might find the guidelines issued by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) here useful.
Update March 2017: Here is an example of domestic stamp. I paid RM 1.05 for a RM 1 stamp, including the 6% gst.
Update May 2017: 2 readers asked about the postage rate for international postcard – it seems that they received conflicting info, and that got my curiosity piqued. It’s confirmed that the postage rate for domestic is RM 0.30 (+gst) and international is RM 0.50, but must follow specifications below:
Also, the word ‘ Postcard ‘ will appear on the front of the postcard. Like really? I never notice this ..
For international postage, if the postcard size exceeds the allowed size, the postcard will be categorized as an international mail. To calculate postage for international mail, follow this link here.
Read more about it on this link.