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Published: Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 7:44:00 PM
Updated: Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 8:12:52 PM

We didn't plant coins, says company which unearthed Malacca sultanate artefacts

A company employee with the two copper coins unearthed at the site.

A company employee with the two copper coins unearthed at the site.

JASIN: A company engaged to look for hidden treasures of the Malacca sultanate in Pulau Nangka dismissed an allegation it had planted the two ancient coins found there last week.

Smart Partnership International (M) Sdn Bhd said on Monday that the coins were found by its workers while they were drilling through a stone wall on the island.

Its managing director, Mohammad Foad Khushairy Mohd Said, told reporters on the island that the company handed the coins to the Malacca Museums Corporation to verify its authenticity.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron had said he was not convinced that the coins were artefacts found on Pulau Nangka.

Mohammad Foad said it was believed that the entrance to a cave containing hidden treasure was located below several huge boulders which the company was removing.

Meanwhile, Region 2 Marine Police commander ACP Paul Khiu Khon Chiang said the police were monitoring the island to ensure security and so work to locate the treasures could proceed unhindered.

"Marine police personnel will be in touch with the company to keep track of the developments during the search," he said.

He also said that Pulau Nangka was a restricted area and advised the public not to go there without a permit from authorities. - Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Malacca, Sultanate, Archeology, Coins

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