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Saturday August 31, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by magdalene luis
Thavamani showing his collection on Independence souvenirs with some portrait of our first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj
AN antiquarian has gathered exclusive Merdeka memorabilia and wants to display them.
S.R. Thavamani, 55, said he accumulated the items by visiting homes of senior citizens
“I have travelled as far as Kangar, Perlis to gain some of these Merdeka mementos. I am willing to display them so people can appreciate our country’s history,” he said recently.
In the meantime, the father of three said he was willing to allow people to visit his home to view the items.
In his collection are pictures that date back 150 years ago.
He also has black-and-white photographs showing the last British Resident Commissioner of Malacca, H.G. Hammet handing over the instrument of independence to the first local Governor of Malacca, Tun Leong Yew Koh, at 6.15pm on Aug 31, 1957.
Among the other items relating to Merdeka are first day covers, plaques, jugs and glasses.
Recently, he managed to get hold of a rare wristwatch with the word “Merdeka” imprinted on its face. He purchased it from a collector in Yong Peng, Johor.
“I also have 50 postage stamps worth 10 cents each. These were issued in 1957 and I bought it for RM1,000,” he said, adding his collection was not for sale.
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