Our Legislative Council
Date of Issue: 5 December 2013
Under the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (\”HKSAR\”) is vested with legislative power and the Legislative Council (\”LegCo\”) is the legislature of the HKSAR. The functions of LegCo include enacting laws, examining and approving public expenditure, and monitoring the Government\’s performance. Hongkong Post issues a set of four stamps on the theme of \”Our Legislative Council\”, with a view to enhancing the public\’s understanding of LegCo.
The $1.70 stamp pictures the LegCo Complex situated at Tamar, Central. Commissioned in October 2011, the LegCo Complex is the first purpose-built building for the Hong Kong legislature. Besides providing conference facilities and offices for LegCo, the Complex offers additional facilities to serve the public. Its design is characterized by a predominance of vertical lines and an extensive use of glass to signify the independence, openness and solemnity of the legislature.
The $2.90 stamp depicts the old LegCo Building located adjacent to Statue Square in Central. The construction works of the building commenced in 1900. Upon completion, it first housed the Supreme Court of Hong Kong and was later converted into the LegCo Building in 1985. Since then, the legislature had convened its meetings in the building until its relocation to the new LegCo Complex in October 2011. The exterior of the old LegCo Building is a declared monument.
The $3.70 stamp shows the Chamber of the LegCo Complex. The Chamber is the arena where LegCo Members enact laws and debate issues concerning public interests. While in session, LegCo normally holds its meetings on Wednesdays in the Chamber, where members of the public may observe the proceedings of the meetings from its public gallery. The Chamber, which is conical in shape with seats arranged in a hemicycle facing the President\’s podium, is equipped with facilities for simultaneous and sign language interpretation, and for live broadcast of meetings by TV/radio stations.
The $5 stamp features the President\’s chair in the old LegCo Building. The President\’s chair is situated in the front of the Chamber, facing the seats of Members and public officers. The President presides over LegCo meetings and ensures the orderly, fair and proper conduct of the meetings. The chair was relocated to the Chamber of the LegCo Complex upon the commissioning of the LegCo Complex.
The LegCo emblem appears on the top left of each of the four stamps. Combining \”立\”, the first character of 立法會 (LegCo in Chinese), and \”L\”, the first letter of \”Legislative Council\”, the emblem reflects that Hong Kong is a place where Chinese and Western cultures blend in perfect harmony. The unique role of LegCo is well reflected by the use of the grey character for dignity and the yellow background for harmony.
Date of Issue: 15 October 2013
$1.70 \”Thanksgiving\” – Chan Tung Mui (2006)
Afflicted with cerebral palsy at an early age, difficulties in speech and hand movement do not stop Chan Tung Mui. She has learned to paint with her feet and participated in a variety of local and overseas exhibitions. As an awardee of The Outstanding Disabled Persons Award in 2004, she has often been invited by different organisations to demonstrate painting techniques, educating young people about the importance of dogged determination to succeed. The stamp depicts her art piece \”Thanksgiving\”, showing her gratitude towards people\’s love and mutual support.
$2.90 \”Always by your side\” – Cheng Kai Man (2011)
Due to childhood illness, Cheng Kai Man can hardly move his legs and is confined to a wheelchair but his physical disability does not hinder his love of photography. He has won a number of awards in different photo competitions and actively participated in numerous exhibitions with a view to bringing photography to the public eye. The stamp illustrates his snapshot \”Always by your side\” with two birds personified as humans, conveying the message: no matter how big the sky is and what has become of the world, I will always be there with you.
$3.70 \”The vitality of Hong Kong\” – Ko Nam (2010)
Ko Nam, left with a hearing impairment due to illness in childhood, is skilled at painting landscapes and sceneries, and develops his unique brushwork in his silent world. He has received numerous accolades in local and overseas art competitions and exhibitions. The stamp features his painting \”The vitality of Hong Kong\”, demonstrating his hopes and aspirations for the promising future of Hong Kong: truth, goodness and beauty can bring comfort to the soul and encourage people to exert themselves in a hectic world.
$5 \”How are you\” – Liu Tung Mui (2006)
Though suffering from cerebral palsy at birth, Liu Tung Mui has worked with unswerving determination on many paintings filled with vitality and energy. She was presented with the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2005 and the Medal of Honour (M.H.) in 2007 by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for her exemplary efforts in inclusive arts and her impressive contribution to charity activities. The stamp shows her work entitled \”How are you\”, revealing that friendship can also be conveyed through dancing and group activities in addition to words and illustrations.
This set of four special stamps features four pieces of artwork in minimalist design. To highlight the theme of inclusive arts, Braille embossing is used for the first time to indicate the different denominations of stamps, through which visually impaired people can identify the stamp value with their fingers.
Hong Kong Buses
Date of Issue: 24 September 2013
$1.40Tilling Stevens Bus
Hong Kong\’s population continued to grow during the immediate post-war period. In 1947, the Tilling Stevens, the bus commonly known as the \”White Water Tank\”, commenced services to meet the huge passenger demand. The stamp depicts a Tilling Stevens, the oldest extant bus in Hong Kong. First registered by China Motor Bus Company Limited in 1949, Tilling Stevens buses were retired in 1967.
Public demand for transport services grew as a result of the city\’s rapid development and population boom. Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited introduced the first double-decker bus – the Daimler A – to Hong Kong in 1949. With their original metal radiator grilles, the first batch of Daimler A buses were dubbed the \”Black Mouth Curs\”. Daimler A buses were retired in the 1980s.
Following Hong Kong\’s economic take-off in the 1970s, people\’s expectations for bus services rose as living standards improved. In 1975, Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited first brought in the single-decker Albion Coaches. These buses were fitted with high-back passenger seats and man-made leather upholstery. Albion Coaches were retired in 1990.
$2.50Leyland Olympian 11m
Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited introduced the first air-conditioned double-decker Leyland Olympian in 1988. Since then, air-conditioned buses have progressively become our main public vehicles. Leyland Olympian 11m buses were retired from the franchised bus service in 2011.
$3Volvo Olympian 11m
Hong Kong\’s last batch of non-air-conditioned buses – the Volvo Olympian 11m – were brought in by Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited (KMB) in 1995 to serve urban and highway routes. Following the deployment of air-conditioned buses in KMB\’s entire fleet, non-air-conditioned Volvo Olympian 11m buses were retired in 2012.
The first ultra-low-floor double-decker bus – the Dennis Trident – commenced service in Hong Kong in 1997, providing convenience for mobility-impaired passengers and wheelchair users. Dennis Trident buses are still in use today.
$5 Stamp Sheetlet – Euro V Bus
To improve our air quality, the Government implemented Euro V emission standards. The stamp sheetlet features Euro V buses owned by Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited, Citybus Limited and New World First Bus Services Limited. Fitted with engines that meet Euro V emission standards, Euro V buses have been in service since 2009.
Adopting the design of an old style Chinese calendar, this set of six stamps showcases the evolution of Hong Kong buses. The stamp on the $20 Stamp Sheetlet is printed in lithography plus lenticular. Three Euro V buses are set against a backdrop of the magnificent views of Victoria Harbour in daytime, at twilight and at night to signify the round-the-clock bus services in Hong Kong.