STATE-owned postal firm PT Pos Indonesia has launched a series of 26th South East Asian Games stamps as part of the national effort to celebrate the biennial competition, which runs from Nov 11 to 22, 2011.
“It is a good step to making the Games successful. The series of stamps will be a great promotion,” South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin said during the launch in Palembang .
According to Muddai Madang the Palembang SEA Games organizer said that the Games stamps would boost the events popularity.
“We hope that the stamps will be distributed nationwide, even to remote areas, so the fiesta atmosphere of the Games can be experienced by all Indonesians,” Muddai said.
Pos Indonesia will print 7,000 stamps in six series of the Games stamps, which are Selamat Datang di Jakarta (Welcome to Jakarta), Selamat Datang di Palembang (Welcome to Palembang), table tennis, badminton, football and pencak silat traditional martial arts.
Modo and Modi are mascot of the games which symbolizes the Komodo dragon.
The mascot of SEA Games 2011 is an animal of Indonesia almost gone. The mascot is komodo (Varanus komodoensis).
Modo and Modi wear traditional costume of Indonesia. Modo (male) wears blue blouse with batik scarf. Whereas Modi (female) wears red kebaya (traditional woman blouse) with batik scarf.
Name of Modo and Modi, actually is spelling modification of words ‘muda-mudi’. Words muda and mudi are from words pemuda (young man) and pemudi (young woman). It symbolized that athletes compete in SEA Games are the young.
Modo and Modi have good characters. Their characters are: hard worker, honest, fair, familiar, friendly and sportive. The good characters of Modo and Modi are a hope in order cooperation and friendship in harmony among 11 participant countries of Souteast Asia can be continued eternally.
Each stamp is priced at Rp 2,500 and available to the public at all post offices across the country since last week until Dec 31, 2014.
The Games series stamps are valid until Dec 31, 2016.