Thursday, April 19, 2012

National Mail Centre, Shah Alam

We went to the National Mail Centre in Section 21, Shah Alam on Tuesday. After some googling, I found out that the place was spanking new. It was just recently officiated by the DPM in November 2011. Check out the TV3 report here.
It is the first integrated mail centre in the country. The centre operates 24 hours and combine the operation of mail centres in Bukit Raja, Bangi, Kuala Lumpur dan Seremban. So basically it covers 3 states i.e Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan & Negeri Sembilan.

We reached quite early. Had ample time to browse the vintage machines at the lobby.

I made a mistake and learnt my lesson. Never bring Little Missy to an afternoon trip. She will end up very cranky and grumpy coz she miss her afternoon nap. Thank God they have this trolley. So she  comfortably snoozed off in a blink.
 And continue to lazily snuggle inside the trolley throughout the trip.
 Going in. I think the parents were more excited and intrigued than the kids. As usual ;-)
Our first stop.
Loading off incoming mails. The centre is fully equipped with sosphisticated machines. I was told, most of the other mail centres in the country are still doing most of the work manually. But the bulk of the national mails are handled here.
 Stamp cancellation.
Done by the latest machine.
And supported by the older machine. Which BTW looks more interesting with all the letters flying & tumbling inside ;-)
Some letters got rejected by the machine due to the odd sizes & other reasons. Then the stamp cancellation need to be done manually.
The kids were given opportunities for some hands on experience cancelling the stamp.
Bulk mail being processed seperately.
Next stop. Postcode area. One of the NMC staffs passionately explaining to us how the system work.
 Mail get sorted according to postcode.
I learned that if we don't write the address properly, it will get rejected at this stage. Address has to be line by line. U can't combine the road and the area in one line. e.g Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights...write in 2 sperate lines. It will get rejected.
Those rejected mails have to be sorted manually.
I have heard good reviews from many homeschoolers about the NMC tour. And I have to agree with them. The NMC's staffs were very2 hospitable and informative. In addition to the educational free tour, we were served light refreshment. Cool huh??
And somebody decided it's finally time to get out of the trolley. And enjoy the Milo and nugget.
At the end of the trip, we were also given some freebies. Special day envelope and some stamps. Awesomeness ;-)
The whole tour took about 2 hours. It was a great learning experience for us.

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