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Tay (centre) showing the bag of salt that she paid RM26,000 for in cash in Kulaijaya, Johor. Looking on is her son Koh Ah Soon and Senai assemblyman Wong Shu Qi.
KULAIJAYA: Fearful after being told that something bad will happen to her only child, a single mother was coaxed to take part in a cleansing ceremony, only to be scammed of RM26,000 in cash and valuables in exchange for a bag of “auspicious items”.
Tay Ah Cha, 58, discovered the bag was filled with ordinary table salt when she eventually opened it.
She was devastated over the loss of 20 years of hard work saving money by making pau and taking tailoring orders.
She recalled that two men and a woman, all in their 40s, approached her when she was heading to a market along Jalan Siantan 1 Indahpura here at around 7.30am last Thursday.
The woman tapped her on the shoulder and whispered that her son would die in a horrific car crash because evil spirits had been following her.
“I was stunned. One of the men approached me and claimed he was able to save my son’s life if I took part in a cleansing ceremony and appease the spirits by giving cash,” she said at a press conference organised by Senai assemblyman Wong Shu Qi here yesterday.
“I only had RM500 with me at the time. I followed their instructions to get more money for them.
“I went to the bank and took out all my savings as well as other valuables amounting to another RM10,000. I met them at a playground not far from my house,” said Tay, adding that one of the suspects then instructed her to put the valuables in a black plastic bag.
Tay added that the woman started to conduct the ceremony by washing Tay’s hands with water from a plastic bottle before handing the plastic bag back to her.
“The woman told me to go back home and perform prayers before opening the bag. But I felt strange while walking home and decided to unwrap the bag.
“I was shocked to find salt inside,” she said adding that she had also lodged a report to the police about the matter.
Kulaijaya OCPD Supt Zulkefly Yahya said investigations were under way under Section 402 of the Penal Code for cheating.
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