Bomoh saved me, says trader Mat Saad cast out evil spell, court told


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003

BY CHELSEA L.Y. NG AND PRISCILLA DIELENBERG

TAIPING: A trader told the Hasleza Ishak murder trial that she owed her life to Mat Saad Isa, a bomoh who cured her of an evil spell 12 years ago. 

Salma Abu Hassan, 48, said she was warded at Parit Buntar Hospital because of the spell which caused “blood to come out of my nose and mouth, soaking a whole piece of batik cloth.” 

She said she took the doctor’s medicine but believed it was Mat Saad's medicinal water given for her to bathe and drink that cured her of the santau (evil spell). 

Asked by defence counsel Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah if she knew what had happened to Mat Saad in the murder case, Salma said she did not know but he was still dear to her as he had saved her life. 

Salma, who was then a factory worker, identified Mat Saad’s picture from a clipping she had cut out of a newspaper. 

Mat Saad, 50, who is also a padi farmer, was originally charged with the murder of the Raja di-Hilir Perak’s second wife Hasleza, 26, between 6pm and 11pm at the 63rd kilometre of Jalan Sumpitan in Larut Matang and Selama district here on Oct 6 last year. 

He had since pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter, was jailed 14 years and turned prosecution witness against his four co-accused. 

In the dock now are carpenter Sabarudin Non, 34, and fisherman J. Manimaran, 27, who are charged with murder, and bomoh Rahim Ismail, 47, and palace aide Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansary, 41, who are being jointly tried for abetting the act. 

When cross-examined by DPP Shahidani Abdul Aziz, Salma said she had cut out a newspaper article bearing Mat Saad’s picture because she minat dan sayang (adored) him. 

Asked whether she was afraid of Mat Saad or if Mat Saad looked fierce, she said no. 

Badannya tegap, handsome. Tak garang, lembut. (He is muscular and good-looking. Not fierce but soft-spoken),” she said, and brought laughter from the court. 

She then looked coyly at Justice Mohd Noor Abdullah and uttered the word “gentle.” 

Asked to relate her santau experience, Salma said she used to be healthy and gemuk-gedempol (fat).  

One day, she woke up with a throat irritation and started vomiting blood, she said. 

The judge then interjected: “So, prior to the illness, you were fat and tak lawalah (not attractive)?” 

Salma covered her mouth and giggled shyly. 

She also testified that a doctor had told her that her blood was dirty. 

“My husband refused to tell me what the doctor said. When I asked the nurse, she just kept quiet,” said Salma. 

The hearing continues today.  

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