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Keris, pistols stolen from Malacca museum

Police are investigating the burglary of several exhibits from Malacca’s Ethnography Museum believed to have been stolen Saturday.

Melaka Tengah OCPD ACP Johari Yahya confirmed that a report had been lodge by the Malacca Museum Corporation (Perzim) over the loss of eight Malay keris (curved daggers) and three Dutch-era pistols.

“We are still investigating and have requested a forensic team from Kuala Lumpur to assist in investigations,” he said here on Saturday.

When contacted, Perzim’s acting general manager Kamis Abas said staff discovered the items missing from two showcases when they were preparing to open the museum for viewing at 9am Saturday morning.

He added that the missing keris were considered antique items owing to their age while the three Dutch pistols were replicas obtained from Europe several years ago.

The exhibits were housed at Malacca’s famous 18th Century Dutch red-coloured Stadhuys that was converted into the state’s main museum in the mid-1980s.

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