If you haven’t watched Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, we suggest you go watch it now!
Here’s the reason why – a scene out of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves may be played out soon in present-day Malacca. The door to a cavern in which priceless treasure dating back more than five centuries ago, believed to be buried, has been found.
Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron is expected to be present to help decipher the symbols carved outside the cave.
“State government officials and the Malacca Governor are planning to visit the island on April 28 in a bid to open the door,” said Idris.
Pictorial evidence provided by Smart Partnership International Sdn Bhd, the company appointed by the state government to undertake excavation there, has revealed that the treasure, said to be worth billions of Ringgit, is stored in some 20 chambers inside the cave.
“The treasure is no longer a myth,” said Idris after chairing the weekly exco meeting.
He expressed happiness that the cave door had been finally discovered after a long search since the early 1980s.
Smart Partnership, he said, should be able to reach the chambers and the relics by April 30.
Idris said the state government would then hand over the salvaging operations to the National Heritage Department.
“The state government hopes the Federal Government will share the treasure with Malacca so we can channel the cash for development purposes,” he said.
There have been countless failed attempts to reach the valuables, which, according to villagers, had “spiritual” protection.