Traditional biscuits to be featured in new stamp series

SINGAPORE - Traditional snacks such as the kueh bangkit, murukku and almond biscuit are getting their own special stamps.

On Wednesday Singapore Post will release a Traditional Biscuits stamp issue which also features the gem biscuit, kueh makmur and cream cracker.

These snacks are familiar to most Singaporeans, and putting them on stamps will allow customers to appreciate the rich diversity of cultures here, Singapore Post said.

For example, murukku is a Tamil word for "twisted", which describes the shape of the savoury Indian biscuit.

The kueh bangkit is a Penang Nyonya cookie that is especially popular during Chinese New Year, while the kueh makmur is a buttery Malay speciality.

A complete set of six stamps in the series, which was designed by SNAP! Creative, will cost $4.07.

The stamps can be purchased at any post office, the Singapore Philatelic Museum and www.stampdelight.com.

rtan@sph.com.sg