Saturday, February 25, 2012

Are We Trying To Hide A Lost City?

Malaysia a.k.a Boleh Land or the land of gung ho can-do-anything spirit has so many sensitivities that it is not possible really to do just about anything you want, gung ho spirit or not.

For example we cannot talk freely of race, religion or the royalty or a thousand other things unless you want to run foul of a slew of laws including the Sedition Act, The Official Secrets Act and of course the dreaded ISA (Internal Security Act ) and spend time in the slammer enjoying insipid curry rice paid for by the rakyat.

Or unless you are a special specie of amphibian. Or you have the right connection.  Or you are the connection yourself.

Most countries would be very proud if they had a lost city to show case to the world and would do anything possible to uncover it for everyone's attention.

Apparently not so in Boleh Land. Here we may not want to draw attention to a lost city if it would be an inconvenient truth.

The lost city I am referring to is Kota Gelanggi.

Initially in 2008, there was a lot of interest and preparations were in earnest for the project of locating and uncovering Kota Gelanggi. But after the initial euphoria, everything went quiet.

Why? Did someone find something about the city that may be an inconvenient truth?

Because apparently Malaysian history only started with the Malacca Sultanante in 1400s?

The Malacca Sultanate is regarded as a Malay Sultanate but some people dispute this, claiming for example that the first ruler was Parasmeswara who was an Indian and a Hindu.  A later ruler did convert to Islam but some say that conversion does not a race make.

But stranger things do happen in Boleh Land and I am not wise to posit.

The inconvenient truth may be that Kota Gelanggi was the first capital of the ancient Indian Srivijaya Empire that preceded the Malacca Sultanate by several centuries?

If so, it would show that the Indians had been here much earlier.  

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