Local residents in Batu Pahat, Johor, report discovering artefacts dating to the Majapahit period.
A planned Asian version of Legoland, set to open in the southern Malaysian state of Johor in 2012 will feature a whole series of Asian architectural icons such as Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat’s kinda predictable, I wonder if they would also do Lembah Bujang and Borobudur as well.
photo credit: yumyumbubblegum
Malaysiaâ€™s Legoland to get Asian touch
Straits Times, via the Malaysian Insider, 13 July 2009
With all the buzz happening over the new UNESCO sites inscribed last week, this rather alarming story slipped by quietly. Syndicates have reportedly been recovering artefacts from shipwrecks off the shores of the southern Malaysian state of Johor for sale in the antiquities market.
10 November 2006 (New Straits Times) – In the words of Liz Price, “Oh no… not again…” I’m not even sure why I’m posting this, since this post has nothing to do with Southeast Asian Archaeology anymore. But since we’ve followed this story from a time when such a theory might have been plausible, we’ll just follow it out of morbid curiousity. My take? My money’s on a two-legged elephant…
Is it the footprint of Bigfoot or jumbo?
Loud noises and the breaking of branches at a rubber plantation in Kampung Batu 4, about three kilometres from the Kota Tinggi waterfall on Monday night, have fuelled interest again in the creature.
Marozan had ventured into the secondary jungle behind the kongsi with a group of youths to investigate the source of the disturbance.
“We found large footprints measuring about 45cm long. The pair of footprints had a stride of about a metre apart. This indicates that a large bi-pedal creature had moved around here. There are twigs and leaves broken off from trees from a height of more than two metres.”
8 October 2006 (The Star) – The Johor Hominid is back again! Actually, not quite. The Paranaormal Seekers Malaysia are desperate for funds and hence are willing to part with their prized Bigfoot cast in order to continue their investigations. What I really think is someone should donate them more plaster to make better casts!
RM185,000 offered for Bigfoot â€˜printâ€™
A private museum owner in the United States has offered US$50,000 (RM185,000) for the cast of what the Paranormal Seekers Malaysia (Seekers) claims to be Bigfootâ€™s footprint.
Seekers had auctioned the cast, which was made during an expedition to Kota Tinggi in February last year, in eBay Malaysia with a starting bid of RM100,000.
But there were no takers when the auction ended last Wednesday.
There were, however, interested parties from the United States, which included the private museum owner and a Bigfoot researcher.
3 October 2006 (Bernama) –
The location and cause of the sinking of the ship Renee in Johor waters in 1923 is being investigated by the Archaeological Unit of the National Museum.
Unit curator Samsol Sahar, who headed the expedition that found the ship in October last year, said the research and excavation work to get more details on the sunken ship was ongoing.
The initial finding of the investigation was that the ship was on its way to send the dowry of a Pahang royal family member who was to marry a Perak royal family member when it sank, he told Bernama Tuesday.
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells
From a spaced-out theory to a full-blown scandal, you might want to check the related links below to see all the posts published here about the Johor Homind fracas. In summary, rumours of a bigfoot-like creature roaming the jungles of Johor have led to speculation that the bigfoot is an undiscovered living hominid species. This hominid hypothesis is championed by Sean Ang, a paleontology-background scientist, and Vincent Chow, a biodiversity researcher. On it’s own merits, the hominid thesis stands on the evidence of a (single) footprint (pun intended) and “sightings” (read: hearsay).
If the evidence wasn’t compelling enough as it stood, last week the two researchers posted photographic “evidence” on their website, which was promptly denounced as plagiarim when a visitor provided a full photo of the alleged bigfoot, leading to the shutdown of the website.
For the latest developments, a good detailed summary of the news to date, and the latest comment postings by Sean Ang himself, check out Cryptomundo at http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/jhwebdown/
6 Aug 2006 () – In the wake of the photograph scandal, the website has been taken down indefinitely with the following message:
Down but not out, the Search continues..
First of all, johorhominid.org would like to thank all of you for assisting us in the identification of the hoax photograph. The respective winner of the Award will be contacted via email.
Given that the current evidence for the existence of a hominid is weaker,we are currently closing down this site temporarily pending the investigation of the alleged hominid/hominoid cave and skull. Initially the focus is on lobbying the JWPS on the release of the photograph.
Now that we have completed the mission, Vincent Chow will focus more on the fieldwork and exploration. Please email us if you wish to be updated about the expeditions via the SMS technology.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Something is still out there..
The Founders johorhominid.org
5 Aug 2006 (The Star) – As if the allegation that the existence of a Johor Hominid wasn’t scandalous enough, the creators behind the website are now embroiled in a plagiarism scandal for posting an alleged picture of the bigfoot. (Kudos to Liz Price for the heads up)
Bigfoot website closed after revelations
The website set up for discussion on the local Bigfoot has been closed for â€œmaintenanceâ€, and two major players in the search for the creature are making conflicting statements about photos related to the phenomenon.
These dramatic developments came about afterreleased a photo yesterday that it claimed was an actual shot of a female Bigfoot’s eyes…
However, at around 6pm, a visitor to the website posted a full-head shot of a creature in the comment page, which showed the same bloodshot eyes featured in the first photo.
“You have no credibility left! Habis! (Finished!),” the visitor wrote, adding that the full-head shot had been obtained from another website.
8 July 2006 (New Straits Times) – A follow up to the previous post on unearthed pottery at Kota Tinggi. Thanks to Liz of Caves of Malaysia for the lead.
Earthen jars could be from the 18th century
Johor Heritage Foundation curator Dr Kamaruddin Ab Razak said the jars, which were unearthed by settlers in the area, might have been used as storage containers.
He also said that based on the shapes and designs of the jars, they could have been the handiwork of local potters.
– Early History (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia) by Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman (Ed)
– Earthenware in Southeast Asia: Proceedings of the Singapore Symposium on Premodern Southeast Asian Earthenwares by J. Miksic
– Earthenware traditions in Indonesia: From prehistory until the present by S. Soegondho
– Folk Pottery in South-East Asia by D. F. Rooney