'Someone had cast an evil spell on Raja Mahani'


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Apr 2003

By CHELSEA L.Y. NG AND PRISCILLA DIELENBERG

TAIPING: A bomoh summoned a supernatural being and a figurine appeared in his ritual bowl, the High Court here heard yesterday.  

Rahim Ismail, a defendant in the Hasleza Ishak murder trial, the second wife of the Raja di-Hilir Perak, said he mixed some turmeric rice with earth from the prince’s palace in a white bowl and placed three kampung chicken eggs, each punctured with a needle, on top of the mixture. 

He said he then told palace aide Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansari to chant some prayers for about half an hour.  

Rahim then cut a lime and squeezed the juice into the bowl, and instructed Tengku Aristonsjah, whom he referred to as Aris, to remove the eggs. 

“Aris told me that the eggs were empty. I then stirred the contents of the bowl with a cepeti (a twisted metal rod which is also known as besi kuning) and unearthed a thumb-sized yellow figurine resembling a Siamese idol,” he said. 

Rahim described the figure as having a conical head, sitting cross-legged like in a meditating position with hands clasped, like in prayer. 

”I squeezed some lime on the object, and it turned black,” said Rahim, adding that he quickly wrapped the figurine in a piece of yellow cloth and told Aris to head straight for home. 

He claimed he received RM555.55 as payment from Tengku Aristonsjah, who later threw the figurine into the sea after midnight.  

Rahim, 47, and Tengku Aristonsjah, 41, are jointly tried with fisherman J. Manimaran, 27, and carpenter Sabarudin Non, 34, who are accused of murdering Hasleza, 26, between 6pm and 11pm at the 63km Jalan Sumpitan, in the Larut Matang and Selama district here on Oct 6 last year. 

They were originally charged with Mat Saad, 50, who had since pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter. He was jailed 14 years, and became a witness for the prosecution. 

Rahim said the ritual was performed around April or May last year after the prince’s first wife Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah sought his help. 

He said he discovered that someone had cast an evil spell on Raja Mahani by sending something supernatural to her palace.  

She had complained to him that she was vomiting blood, that her nose was itchy and her body was aching all over. 

Rahim said Raja Mahani first sought his help through Tengku Aristonsjah in early 2002. 

“Aris said there was someone who was having marital problems. I told him to bring lime, sintok (fibre from a tree), a bottle of mineral water and 17 pieces of one sen coins.” 

He said Aris brought the items the next night for the ritual.  

When he asked for the woman’s name, Aris merely told him that she was a “Puan Mahani” and her husband was “Jaafar.” 

Rahim said when Tengku Aristonsjah finally brought her to see him, he was shocked to learn who she really was. 

The hearing continues today. 

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