Pos Malaysia: We did seek permission for Dr M stamps

Pos Malaysia’s special edition stamps in conjunction with Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s birthday are available at all general post offices. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Pos Malaysia Bhd has clarified that it had sought prior permission from the prime minister’s office (PMO) and the photographers behind the images used in the commemorative stamps issued in conjunction with Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s 93rd birthday today.

A spokesman told FMT this in response to a tweet by Mahathir’s daughter Marina following news reports about the stamps.

“And didn’t even ask @chedetofficial first!” Marina had tweeted, referring to Mahathir’s Twitter account name.

Other Twitter users then questioned if Pos Malaysia had sought permission to use the pictures, citing copyright concerns, while others asked if it was trying to curry favour with Mahathir, who is also Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman.

The spokesman said it had sought permission from the PMO and the photographers.

“We also credited the photographers during the press conference about the stamps,” he said.

According to Bernama, a total of 100,000 copies of the stamps in various designs were printed, with each set being sold for RM93.

Mahathir, who previously ruled the country for 22 years till 2003, assumed the prime minister’s post again following PH’s victory in the general election in May.

Pos Malaysia said the special edition stamps would be available from today at the 14 general post offices in the country and selected post offices, as well as online at eziemall.com.