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Malacca island treasure hunt: We did not plant medallions, says firm

Published on May 6, 2014 9:19 AM

MALACCA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The company commissioned by the Malacca government to detect and salvage treasures believed to be inside a cave on Pulau Nangka has denied it planted two medallions to extend its contract.

Director of Smart Partnership International (M) Sdn Bhd Mohammad Fuad Khushairy Mohd Said said the two coin-size medallions were discovered by workers at the site.

"We did not fabricate the discovery. The artefacts were handed over to Malacca Museum Corporation the same night the finding was made for carbon dating," he said at Pulau Nangka.

Mohammad Fuad was responding to the statement of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron that he doubted that the artefacts were from the cave and asked the relevant agencies to authenticate the discovery.

A company employee with the two copper coins unearthed at the site. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
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