Friday, April 28, 2006

Kota Gelanggi's A Hoax After All?

It all started when Teoh Teik Hoong and Audrey Edwards of The Star broke the news by reporting on a lost city in Johor by Raimy Che-Ross, an independent researcher.

Lost city believed found in Johor

PETALING JAYA: A 1,000-year-old lost city, possibly older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia, is believed to have been located in the dense jungles of Johor.

The discovery of what is thought to be the site of Kota Gelanggi or Perbendaharaan Permata (Treasury of Jewels) by an independent Malaysian researcher has prompted museum officials to plan an expedition to confirm the finding.

If indeed the site is that of the lost city , it is set to transform the historical landscape of the region, said Raimy Che-Ross, who spent 12 years researching Malay manuscripts all over the world and conducting aerial searches of the area before locating the site.

Follow thte chronology of events from the reporting of it to the death of the hype here. Read also from Wikipedia and a blog dedicated for it (mostly C&P from The Star).

Now, the chronology events told us that the report was supposedly to be reported to the iKabinet 60Gb in August last year but did we 'stupid baby' Malaysians get to know the results of the findings? No! Maybe the MPs were too engrossed with the Det vs. Dah 'sandiwara' at that time which ended with this climaxing hug:

And guess what? Just not too long ago, after almost a year later, we were told that the city did not exist after all. From Bernama:

Archaeologist Says Johor "Lost City" Does Not Exist

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- The "lost city" of Gelanggi or Linggiu, claimed to have been hidden in the jungles of Johor for more than a thousand years, does not exist, said an archaeologist in the National Heritage Department.

Khalid Syed Ali, the curator of archaeology in the department's research and development division, said a team of researchers carried out a study over a month in July last year but found no evidence of the "lost city".

The 15-strong team was headed by the Director-General of Museum and Antiquity Datuk Dr Adi Taha, he said in a working paper presented at a forum organised by the National Museum here.

The search was launched following a claim made by an independent researcher Raimy Che Ros that he had found evidence of the "lost city" after 12 years of research.

The claim, published in a newspaper in February last year, created public excitement because Linggiu was said to be older than the Borobudur Buddhist temple in Indonesia built between 750 and 842 A.D. and Cambodia's Angkor Wat built 300 years later.

Khalid said Raimy was believed to have come up with his claim based on his research of literature on Malay history and did not discover any physical traces of the "lost city".

The search team led by Adi comprised researchers from his department, Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris and Malaysian Archaeology Association.

Now, is the lost city a hoax after all; doubting the credibility of the mainstream media? Or were the findings too 'sensitive' to be disclosed, that they were covered up and doctor-spinned so that someone could wave something at a general assembly everytime?

I just love conspiracy theories...

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