'Spell the target, not Hasleza'


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Apr 2003

BY CHELSEA L.Y. NG and PRISCILLA DIELENBERG

TAIPING: A bomoh accused of abetting in the murder of Hasleza Ishak said he sought help to end an evil spell and not to kill the woman who was the second wife of the Raja d-Hilir Perak. 

The spell had supposedly been “sent” by Hasleza to the prince’s first wife Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah, Rahim Ismail told the High Court here. 

“When I spoke of matikan santau (terminate the evil spell), I did not mean matikan Hasleza (terminate Hasleza), he said, when testifying in his own defence at a trial in which he and palace aide Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansary, 41, are jointly charged with abetting in Hasleza’s murder. 

They are being 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. 

All of them were originally charged with another bomoh, Mat Saad Isa, 50, who had since pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter. He has been jailed 14 years, and has become a prosecution witness. 

Rahim, 47, said he sought the help of Mat Saad, who was said to be a bomoh santau (supposedly dealing with evil spells), and told him that someone wanted an evil spell returned (to its source) and to put an end to it. 

“He said he had done it before but asked me to keep quiet about it as people in his village hated such matters.  

“He said he needed to know the identity of the people involved and I told him I could show him some photographs if he came to my house,” he said, adding that at no time did he ask Mat Saad to murder Hasleza. 

Asked by his counsel Gurbachan Singh, Rahim said neither Raja Nor Mahani nor Tengku Aristonsjah (who he referred to as Aris) had ever ordered Hasleza to be killed. 

Rahim had testified on Tuesday that Raja Nor Mahani had asked him to help mend her marriage by “softening” her husband’s heart and making him submit to her. 

He said yesterday that after a ritual of blessings for Raja Nor Mahani, she called him up twice to say that her husband, Raja Jaafar Raja Musa Aziz, was now spending more time at home and had become more loving towards her. 

Gurbachan Singh showed Rahim some items that he had purportedly used for his rituals, including a tali hidung kerbau (short rope to lead a buffalo by its nose).  

The rope was used in the ritual to revive Raja Jaafar’s passion for his first wife, said Rahim. 

Asked by Justice Mohd Noor Abdullah if the ritual could help to make a wife submissive to her husband, Rahim replied: “Yes, but most of the time I am requested by women to tame their men.” 

He added that women were generally faithful to their spouses while it was the norm for men to lust after other women.  

Replying to a question, Rahim told the judge that in extreme cases of being “tame,” a husband would look stupid and do his wife’s every bidding. 

“This is unnatural, and God forbids it. That is why I reminded Raja Nor Mahani not to overdo things,” he said. 

Cross-examined by DPP Nordin Hassan, Rahim said Mat Saad had told him (in a lockup after their arrest) that if possible, he wanted to stuff both Raja Mahani and Tengku Aristonsjah in prison since he (Mat Saad) had already been arrested. 

The hearing continues today.  

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