via The Star, 27 April 2019: Historical graffiti found in Perak caves – Japanese, from the early 20th century. The State Tourism, Arts and Culture committee chairman is quoted saying the Japanese writing is the work of Japanese spies is rather fanciful. Perhaps he has not realised that there were Japanese working in the rubber plantations in Malaya in the early 20th century.
Japanese and Chinese writing believed dating back to 1913 has been found inside Gunung Datok in Tambun near here.
State Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said the inscriptions that were written in charcoal mentioned the year 1913 and the Taisho period.
“1913 is even before World War 1. We believe soldiers were at the cave probably as intelligence troops. However, we need more experts to come down and have a look, especially the Japanese embassy,” he said
Tan told reporters this after visiting the morning market held in conjunction with the Ipoh Food Fest by the River here on Saturday (April 27).
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/27/japanese-chinese-writing-dating-back-to-1913-found-in-tambun-cave/#4t8JzBcQgMEeJUD2.99