KUANTAN: Several bomoh have been engaged to cleanse Villa Ismaputri, the home of the late Tengku Puteri Datuk Kamariah Sultan Abu Bakar, who was brutally murdered by her son on July 24.
Many of these men believe something evil has been planted in the house and they feel it is in a room upstairs.
Tunku Datuk Ismail Tunku Sulaiman, who is recuperating at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital after being injured when attacked by his son Tunku Rizal Shahzan on the same day, said strange things were still happening in the house.
A few days ago, I called a young woman whom I had helped to enrol in college and whose sister works for me in my mini market here. I told her to pray in my house and accompany my maid who was alone for a few days.
Suddenly at 2am the next day, she called me, telling me that she was in my maid's room downstairs alone, and just after she had finished praying, a small apparition appeared in front of her and warned her to leave the house or it would kill her, he told The Star.
Tunku Ismail, fearing another murder, told the girl to leave the house and told his maid, Elis, an Indonesian, to sleep in a room upstairs.
He said his daughters, who have been returning home on weekends to accompany him, also spoke of having dreams of their mother telling them to conduct more prayers in the house.
He is also waiting for a bomoh from Aceh, who had first indicated that something had been buried in the grounds of his house, to come here and cleanse the house.
I hope he will be here in a few days and he can rid my house of anything that is disturbing the peace, Tunku Ismail said.
He added that his mother-in-law, Tengku Azam, who is in her 80s and wheelchair-bound, was coming for the weekend to visit her daughter's grave in Pekan.
He said she was very disturbed about the whole incident.
Tunku Ismail said he was also waiting to replace the tiles which had been bloodstained and repaint the walls where blood was splattered as the community believed that doing nothing to such areas was not good and might affect the occupants.
Determined to return to his Villa Ismaputri home, Tunku Ismail said he would engage more people to stay with him so that the household could be livelier.
I want to hear laughter and chatter in the house. I don't want to feel lonely. I have asked some of my workers to stay with me and take care of me, he said, adding that he was most affected by the loss of his wife who was his companion for more than 40 years.
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