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Merdeka 1957 Edition Stuff Now Collectors’ Item

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KUALA LUMPUR – Some people may think keeping old stuff only collect dust and a waste of space, but antique collector Victor C.P. Tan, 62, keeps old items because of their historical values and memories they evoke.

Among his priced collection were two glasses, specially produced for the Merdeka 1957 edition by the Malaysian government 58 years ago. The words “Hiduplah Malaysia Merdeka” were written on the glass.

The glass is sold for about RM250 a piece because of its historical value.

Besides the glass, there are also several other items, like magazines, books, ruler, mirror and stamp that were printed or manufactured the same year which had been sold to collectors in the country and abroad.

Tan, who owns an antique shop, Kota Pinang Enter-prise, at the Central Market here, said his interest to collect antiques started when he was still young and that he was willing to travel to every part of the country to get them.

“I am also willing to go anywhere to deliver items bought my clients,” he said when interviewed by Bernama yesterday.

Tan also said each and every antique product had its own sentimental value.

“Foreigners also come to my shop because they know the value of the antique items.

“I may sell an item for RM500 now, but in 50 years, it could be higher,” he added.

Tan also has an antique shop in Penang. – BERNAMA

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