Feb 26, 2005
SUNGAI PETANI: The Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry has named the expedition to locate the lost city of Kota Gelanggi as “The Search for Kota Purba Linggiu.”
“There is proof that the place was noted as Kota Purba Linggiu (Old City of Linggiu) and we will stick to that,” said minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Dr Rais said the three expedition teams searching for the possible site in Johor had been given two weeks to come up with ways on how to approach the task in a uniform and co-ordinated manner.
He said he would meet the teams once they had worked out the details in order to brief the Johor government.
The state government’s assistance was needed for the provision of basic infrastructure facilities, including the setting up of a base camp and security arrangements, Dr Rais said after visiting the Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum in Merbok near here where he also viewed new historical excavations in Pengkalan Bujang.
The Star reported yesterday that the teams comprised ministry officials, archaeologists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris and Malaysian Remote Sensing Centre representatives.
They hoped to enter three different parts of the site's possible location by early April.
Interest in the lost city was triggered after researcher Raimy Che Ross claimed that he might have located the lost city of Kota Gelanggi