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In pics | Old man and the sea: A Malaysian's mission to rid beaches of glass

For the past 15 years, Tengku Mohamad Ali Mansor has made his mission to gather bottles washed ashore on Malaysia's rugged South China Sea coast.

September 16, 2020 / 06:46 PM IST
A 74-year-old Malaysian man's quest to rid the country's beaches of washed-up glass led to a collection of thousands of bottles, now displayed in a colourful seaside museum. (Image: AFP)
A 74-year-old Malaysian man's quest to rid the country's beaches of washed-up glass led to a collection of thousands of bottles, now displayed in a colourful seaside museum. (Image: AFP)
For the past 15 years, Tengku Mohamad Ali Mansor has made it his mission to gather bottles washed ashore on Malaysia's rugged South China Sea coast. (Image: by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)
For the past 15 years, Tengku Mohamad Ali Mansor has made his mission to gather bottles washed ashore on Malaysia's rugged South China Sea coast.
(Image: AFP)
He has picked up around 9,000 of them, which he now displays in a traditional wooden house that he has turned into a museum. (Image: AFP)
Tengku Mohamad Ali Mansor has picked up around 9,000 of them, which he now displays in a traditional wooden house that he has turned into a museum. (Image: AFP)
The bottles come in various shapes and sizes, from all over the world, stacked across shelves and on the floor - with an igloo-shaped mound of bottles outside. (Image: AFP)
The bottles come in various shapes and sizes, from all over the world, stacked across shelves and on the floor - with an igloo-shaped mound of bottles outside. (Image: AFP)
He even found messages in two of the bottles, one with a picture of a heart and some faded Chinese characters, and a second that has been torn apart and is no longer legible. (Image: AFP)
He even found messages in two of the bottles, one with a picture of a heart and some faded Chinese characters, and a second that has been torn apart and is no longer legible. (Image: AFP)
Tengku Ali's obsession began in 2005, when he saw children blowing up empty bottles with fireworks. Worried the shattered glass could hurt people, he said he would pay them for any bottles they found - and they returned with over 500. (Image: AFP)
Tengku Ali's obsession began in 2005, when he saw children blowing up empty bottles with fireworks. Worried the shattered glass could hurt people, he said he would pay them for any bottles they found - and they returned with over 500. (Image: AFP)
engku Mohamad Ali Mansor unloading his backpack containing glass bottles he found along the shore of a beach at his bottle museum in Penarik village in the Setiu district of the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu. (Image: AFP)
Tengku Mohamad Ali Mansor unloading his backpack containing glass bottles he found along the shore of a beach at his bottle museum in Penarik village in the Setiu district of the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu. (Image: AFP)
As his collection grew, did he decide to open a museum. The site attracts a regular stream of visitors who have read about it on his Facebook page. (Image: AFP)
As his collection grew, did he decide to open a museum. The site attracts a regular stream of visitors who have read about it on his Facebook page. (Image: AFP)
During the coronavirus lockdown, he kept busy glueing glass shards together to make bottle shapes in a style similar to Japanese "kintsugi", where broken pottery is repaired with lacquer mixed with powdered gold. (Image: AFP)
During the coronavirus lockdown, he kept busy glueing glass shards together to make bottle shapes in a style similar to Japanese "kintsugi", where broken pottery is repaired with lacquer mixed with powdered gold. (Image: AFP)
Tengku Ali vows to continue his quest as long as he lives. "People think I'm crazy, but I don't care," he said. "Allah knows what I am doing. I do this because I love this world."(Image: AFP)
Tengku Ali vows to continue his quest as long as he lives. "People think I'm crazy, but I don't care," he said. "Allah knows what I am doing. I do this because I love this world."(Image: AFP)
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first published: Sep 16, 2020 06:46 pm

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