Bomoh recites chant to judge

  • Nation
  • Friday, 04 Apr 2003


TAIPING: A bomoh broke down in the High Court here when he was asked to recite a chant he had used “to summon the souls” of a prince and his wife. 

Rahim Ismail cried and wiped the tears with his shirt sleeves as he started to recite the chant he claimed he had used to mend the failing marriage of Raja Jaafar Raja Musa Aziz and Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah. 

As he could not continue, Justice Mohd Noor Abdullah asked him: “What you uttered are words of praise for the Prophet. The verse is from the Quran and we are entitled to recite it. What is wrong?” 

THE ACCUSED: Rahim (left) with Tengku Aristonsjah leaving the courtroom Thursday.

Rahim explained that it was usual for him to cry when reciting the chant, adding that he had used the chant as an “ayat penyeru” (summoning line) to summon the couple's souls to unite them. 

“The summoning of souls has to be done in the quiet hours after midnight. First, I visualised them sleeping. Then I called upon the souls of Raja Jaafar and Raja Mahani to unite them,” he said when questioned by DPP Nordin Hassan. 

Rahim, 47, was testifying in his own defence at a trial where he and palace aide Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansary, 41, are jointly charged with abetting in the murder of Hasleza Ishak, the second wife of Raja Jaafar. 

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 63rd kilometre, Jalan Sumpitan, in the Larut Matang and Selama district here on last Oct 6. 

All of them were originally charged with padi farmer Mat Saad Isa, 50, who had since been jailed 14 years for manslaughter. 

Justice Mohd Noor also enquired about the other method which Rahim said he had used to summon a supernatural being from the palace of the Raja di-Hilir Perak. 

Rahim agreed that the method involved the use of jin (genie). 

“I utter holy words from the Quran in my rituals. But I had to use the ayat Setan (Satanic verse) as well when summoning the supernatural being. However, I do not blend the Quranic verses with the Satanic ones while chanting.” 

Later, when shown a piece of yellow cloth recovered from Hasleza's bra, Rahim said there were pictures of idols on it. 

“This is a tangkal penghadang (protective amulet) to prevent people from harming the person wearing it. “Ini kerja Setan. (This is Satan's work.)” 

When shown a plastic sachet containing liquid also recovered from Hasleza's bra, he said: “From my experience, this is minyak pengasih (love potion).” 

Justice Mohd Noor then asked: “Ada bau syiok, ke? (Does it emit an enticing fragrance?)” 

Rahim: “I want to throw up. Both items stink.” There was laughter in the public gallery as the judge allowed Rahim to leave the courtroom to wash his hands. 

Rahim said such potions could be made from minyak senik gajah, minyak cenuai made from the brains of a type of monkey, or minyak dagu extracted from the chin of a murdered infant. 

Tengku Aristonsjah, who also gave his defence yesterday, said he had sought Rahim because his employer, Raja Mahani, had wanted to look for a bomoh after a string of strange happenings in her palace. 

“There was a packet containing bones, hair and a doll buried in a flower pot outside Raja Mahani's room. A wall mirror had also exploded, exposing a large footprint that did not resemble a human footprint,” he said. 

The hearing continues today.  

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