Villagers: Invisible ‘folk’ keep taking our things


Compiled by ZAKIAH KOYA, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

AN article appeared in Kosmo! Ahad about an unsolved mystery in a village near Rembau, Negri Sembilan, where items have gone missing.

Villagers quoted in the article believe that the culprits behind the missing clothes were invisible intities called “bunian”.

The villagers in Chengkau claimed that there was a site on the hill better known as Bukit Milan which was purportedly the home of the bunian.

“While most of the items were clothing, sometimes songkok and keys were ‘borrowed’.

“After two or three weeks the missing items would be returned. Most of us did not believe it at first but when it happened so often we could only tell them to please return our things, ” said Aminah, a villager in her 70s.

“Tales of the bunian have been told in the village from as far back as I can remember, ” she said.

Bukit Milan is about 45m above sea level.

No villager would dare venture into this area alone.



> Three babies in Tumpat, Kelantan, were fed water and boiled rice water in the last few months as their parents were too poor to buy milk, reported Kosmo! Ahad.

Muhammad Uzair Mohd Daud, 30, and Norhabibah Mohd Nor, 24, also had to reuse disposable diapers to save money.

They have a two-year-old child and five-month-old twins.

The five are living in a house without water and electricity, depending on neighbours and rainwater for water supply and candles for light.

Muhammad Uzair said he was working as a lorry attendant in Kuala Lumpur but had to stop work due to the movement control order.

“I could not buy necessities and we had to go hungry as long as our children do not go hungry, ” he said.

NGO Volunteer I Care and Kelantan Econsave Cash and Carry recently gave the family food, as well as milk formula and diapers.



> A terrace house in Hulu Langat was converted into a “bird park” to keep birds which were caught by illegal hunters, Metro Ahad reported.

A raid by the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) and the police found various species of live birds at the house in Kampung Lubok Kelubi.

“During the raid we found cages in the rooms and the kitchen housing protected species without a permit, ” said Perhilitan director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.

A Myanmar national, who was arrested in the raid, is believed to have been hired by a local syndicate to care for the birds.

According to the report, this comes after a major raid where 1,978 protected bird species worth RM279,960 were found in Klang and Johor between January and September.



The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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