Pulau Nangka: treasure supposed to be found today, but…?

Source: The Star 20140429

I’ve reported about the Pulau Nangka story earlier (see here and here), and there doesn’t seem to be any sight of the supposed treasure thus far. This is because, there isn’t any!

Source: The Star 20140429
Source: The Star 20140429

Councillor: Tunnelling at site on Pulau Nangka has reached 90%
The Star, 29 April 2014

Presence of treasure on Nangka Island will be known this Wednesday
New Straits Times, 29 April 2014

Possible discovery of treasure on Nangka Island to be confirmed in two days
Malay Mail, 28 April 2014

Nangka Island ‘treasures’ to be known Wednesday
The Star, 28 May 2014

Malacca treasure no longer a myth
The Star, 24 May 2014

The much-anticipated “Open Sesame” to the treasure cave on Pulau Nangka is expected to happen tomorrow, revealing the kind of trove and how much of it has been hidden away there over the past hundreds of years.

State executive councillor Datuk Abdul Ghafaar Atan said tunnelling to reach the site had reached 90% and there were just two days left (from yesterday) to get to the location.

“The entrance to the cave, the main entry point, has also been found and could be opened in the next two days,” he said after visiting the work site yesterday.

He said Smart Partnership Inter­national (M) Sdn Bhd, the company commissioned since January to detect and salvage the treasure, had until tomorrow to locate the site.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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