A SERIES of thefts at three villages in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, is being blamed on toyol, the mischievous child-like spirits of folklore.
Kosmo! reported that the latest case of “mysteriously disappearing” cash involved five households, including that of a religious teacher.
Villager Piji Dolah, 36, said that cash amounting to RM150 that he kept in his bag could not be found.
“I was shocked to find out that the toyol even entered an ustaz’s (religious leader) house, stealing RM100 on the same day,” he said.
Piji’s mother believes that the toyol took RM200 from her, while a civil servant is said to have lost RM1,800.
The toyol is the mythical spirit of a small child invoked by a shaman from a dead foetus through black magic.
“Previously, I contacted a spiritual healer to hold prayers to stop the problem,” said Piji.
“Aside from reading verses from the Quran, the spiritual healer also placed biscuit tins on each side of the house as a barrier, but the money inside my wallet still got stolen.
“I think the cases are getting more worrying. Our money went missing but there is no evidence that our houses were broken into.
“All the residents are puzzled by this,” he said, adding that the thefts have been occurring since February.
It was reported that about 2,000 residents in the three villages have not been getting a good night’s sleep since more such thefts have been happening.
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● The above article is 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.