Aftermath: Chai, relating her story to Gelang Patah MCA deputy chief Tan Baba (centre) while holding the two mineral water bottles and breads that were found in her bag after she was conned.
JOHOR BARU: A housewife who was on her way to a pasar tani near her house here was conned of RM50,000 cash and RM10,000 in jewellery after a “fortune teller” told her that her youngest son would die in the next three days.
The woman, who only wanted to be known as Chai, 58, was having difficulties crossing the road due to her poor eyesight, was approached by two women in their fifties and sixties who offered her help in Taman Universiti, Skudai here at 7am on June 15.
After crossing the road, the two women continued to accompany her to the market and kept chatting with her.
“We then met a younger lady in her forties at the market who introduced herself as a fortune teller and that her father was a “shi fu” (master) and that she could tell that bad luck was going to befall on my family.
“I felt helpless and desperate when she told me that my 23-year-old son could not live past the next three days and that my ill husband would also die soon,” she explained.
Chai said that one of the women then convinced her to trust the fortune teller as her (the woman) crippled husband had been previously cured by the fortune teller’s father.
“I agreed to her help and was told to bring along three apples the next day for a cleansing and blessing ritual. The fortune teller also told me to keep mum about the whole thing otherwise my husband and son would die immediately,” she added.
Chai met up with the trio at around 8am the next day when the fortune teller told her that her son and husband’s fate was worse that she envisioned and told Chai that she needed to bring along her valuables in order for the ritual to be effective.
“The two women accompanied me to the bank where I withdrew RM50,000 cash from a joint bank account I have with my 90-year-old father as well as all my jewellery from the safe deposit box before returning to the location.
“I wrapped the money and valuables in a newspaper and put the packages in a recyclable bag for the cleansing ceremony and the fortune teller put in two mineral water bottles into the bag after the ritual, saying that it was holy water,” she said.
When she reached home at around noon on Monday, Chai said that she felt that the bag she carried was heavier than she remembered before opening it to find that there were only two bottles of water and a pack of six-piece bread left in it.
“I am usually very alert but they somehow managed to con me of my valuables and savings, which was supposed to be used for my father’s future funeral expenses,” she said, adding that she lodged a police report at the Taman Universiti police station.
Meanwhile, Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Khamsani Abdul Rahman confirmed the report and advised people to be more alert when approached by strangers.