Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Malaysia - Caring Society - unicef (Issued: 9 Oct 09)

Post Malaysia lately input new design feature into new issue, which is welcome by all collectors and is definitely a good approach. In this unicef Caring Society stamps, Braille code being embossed onto the RM1 stamp.

Braille is a worldwide system used by blind and visually impaired people for reading and writing. Braille is read by passing the fingers over characters made up of an arrangement of one to six embossed points. It has been adapted to almost every known language. Braille is invented by Louis Braille in 1821, more then a century ago.

I scanned both sides of the RM1 stamp to have a close up image on the Braille cells. I do a quick check on the Internet to look for a reference Braille table, I managed to translate the meaning as "RM#1", which is RM1 (One Ringgit). Please note you need to refer to the Braille cell on the front of the stamp (not the back, refer to first stamp image).

I personally like the design very much, the design image is simple yet effectively send the message across on child caring. With vivid color used on the children image and appeared on the white background, it make the subject stand out, make public aware and care for the unfortunate.

On the RM1 design, children playing and running with the rainbow as background, symbolizes bright future and the Braille embossed count on the blind and visually impaired people.

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