MALACCA, May 16:

The two medallion-like artifacts found in Pulau Nangka on April 31 are believed to be ancient Majapahit amulets, says Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

He said studies carried out by relevant authorities revealed that the artefacts could not possibly be ancient coins, as speculated by many, because words of ancient Javanese mantra were carved on them.

The possible link between the amulets and the Malacca Sultanate and Pulau Nangka, however, had yet to be proved, he said.

“These kind of amulets were also found in other historic sites, such old forts and river banks in Malacca. So it is difficult to specifically link the amulets to Pulau Nangka.”

He said this to reporters after opening the National Speakers Seminar 2014, which was attended by Senate president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang and Speaker of Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, as well as all state assembly speakers.

The two artefacts were found by Smart Partnership International (M) Sdn Bhd, the company commission by the state government to detect and salvage treasures.

Idris said although the company’s contract ended on April 31, it was allowed to temporarily continue the salvage works in Pulau Nangka.

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