MALACCA - Mysterious scripts and symbols reportedly written on the walls of a cave in Pulau Nangka hold the key to finding its hidden treasures.
According to a local antiquarian, those who had entered the cave had seen the strange writings. "But, they could not interpret them."
Th antiquarian, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said people had also seen the same writings replicated on a palm leaf scroll, which could no longer be traced.
"The key to finding the treasures is to decipher the writings," he said, adding that since the late 1970s, there had been several attempts to salvage the treasures. "However, all were futile."
The Star reported on Monday that treasures, said to be worth billions, are believed to be buried inside a cave on the 20ha island, 17km off the coast here.
The state has authorised two local companies to carry out excavation work under strict conditions set by Malacca Museum Corporation (Perzim)
Members of a group that had managed to get into the cave in the past claimed to have seen the treasures that included more than 80 chests of gold, a throne and other royal regalia.
However, they came out empty-handed in a dazed, trance-like state.
Perzim general manager Datuk Khamis Abas admitted that salvaging the reputed treasure required "a spiritual approach" and that it was not an easy task.
"It is beyond human comprehension and hard for me to explain as I might sound superstitious.
"But we have combined two elements - modern technology and the spiritual - first to determine if the treasures really exist, and later for the salvaging work," he said yesterday.
In Petaling Jaya, National Heritage Commissioner Datuk Siti Zuraina Majid said the Malacca Government did not have the authority to issue permits for excavation work for treasures on Pulau Nangka.
"I do not know what type of permit it has issued to the two companies, but under federal laws, a state government does not have the jurisdiction to do so," she said.