Sultan saves antique sewing machine

Antique piece: Sultan Ibrahim posing for a photo with the sewing machine and Choo at Istana Flintstones in Mersing. — Pic by Royal Press Office

MERSING: An old sewing machine that nearly ended up being dumped is now on display at Mersing Museum thanks to Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

His Majesty has decreed that the sewing machine be placed at the museum after studying the item, which is believed to be more than 40 years old.

Sultan Ibrahim, an avid antique collector who has amassed a variety of collections, said the sewing machine was no longer usable according to its owner, and was an antique, hence it could be kept at the museum.

His Majesty has decreed that antique items be displayed at the museum for public viewing.

“I appreciate the owner’s eagerness to show me the antique sewing machine, ” Sultan Ibrahim said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page yesterday.

The sewing machine’s owner, Choo Ming Hooi, 62, presented it to His Majesty at Istana Flintstones here on Saturday.

A resident of the district, Choo said the sewing machine belonged to his mother, who is nearly 90 years old.

“I planned to throw it away as it doesn’t work anymore and my mother no longer uses it, ” he said.

“However, a good friend told me that the sewing machine is an antique and I had the opportunity to show it to His Majesty.”

Mersing Museum, launched by Sultan Ibrahim in May 2016, boasts various artefacts among its exhibits.

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