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It is said that spirits exist on different planes, but occasionally we come across them in places more attuned to their energy. In some places they linger longer when they leave life abruptly and unwillingly. This is a list of some of Malaysia’s top haunted spots from the least to the most scary. Ready to get chilled?

8. Mona Fandey’s House

This story is more gruesome than haunted. Mona Fandey is an insane practitioner of black magic. She told Mazlan Idris, a state assemblyman for the constituency of Batu Talam that she will give him unrivalled power. Acting upon her promise, she got him to lie down on the floor, covered him with flowers and told him to ‘close his eyes and wait for the money to fall from heaven’. With his eyes close, she coolly chopped off his head.

She thereafter chopped his body into 18 different parts and buried them in a storeroom near her house in Pahang. During her hearing, she was extremely happy and cheerful throughout the trial; and before her execution she uttered “aku takkan mati” (I will not die). Her house is purported to be heavily haunted from all her black magic acts.

7. Highland Towers, Bukit Antarabangsa

Even the most elite of developments are sometimes struck by disaster. Highland Towers is one such case where many of its occupants were killed in the midst of their everyday activities when a landslide occurred.

This is an internal story is of an acquaintance who personally knew a family of three inclusive of a baby living here; a family and their maid. The madam was in the kitchen preparing food, the sir in the toilet bathing and the maid on the balcony carrying the baby. Being from the Philippines she was well acquainted with earthquakes. The moment she felt the building moving she screamed for her madam and sir; but being where they were, they could not escape. Fortunately the unit was only on Level 2.

Still carrying the baby, she jumped off the balcony and ran away just in time before the condominium collapsed. Watching the building fall into pieces and hearing screams of terror, she watched the demise of Highland Towers.

With sirens wailing in the background and not knowing what to do as she did not have her passport nor money she walked barefoot all the way to her employer’s parents house with the baby. Needless to say, they thanked her eternally for saving their only grandchild of their only child, raised her salary, gave her a private room in their house and she became more of their family member than a maid.

6. First World Hotel, Genting Highlands

This is a place that undoubtedly has the most number of unhappy spirits, from jilted girlfriends who committed suicide to desperate men spending their last dollar on a turn of hand in the casino. The entire 21st floor is said to be haunted, there is no lift button for Level 21, and lifts generally always skip that floor. Rumours have it there there was a corpse found under one of the beds last time, and yet another rumour states the murder of a prostitute for the reason that the entire floor doesn’t exist. But no one knows why and neither will the staff reveal the reason behind this oddity.

Other popular commonly spotted spirits in Genting Highlands includes the lady in cheongsam with long hair who was supposed to have been jilted by her boyfriend when in Genting Highlands and then committed suicide by jumping off the balcony.

There have been stories of lone male travellers encountering her in the middle of the night when at the First World Hotel, leaning over them while they were sleeping and glaring at them. There are also stories of couples who encountered her separately in ways that were meant to convince the female that her boyfriend was cheating on her. Perhaps this is her way of trying to make history repeat itself and get a companion in the afterworld…

5. Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur

Rich man’s place but rich people do bad things to get money? Bukit Tunku is home to all the richest of people in Malaysia but is purported to be haunted with the most ‘pontianaks’. All taxi drivers will never pick up a lady or child from Bukit Tunku in the evening or night, nor send lady or child to Bukit Tunku at night when looking for customers.

4. No. 8, Jalan Turi, Bangsar

This is the location of a famous bungalow. A bloody case of homicide occurred here where the bodyguard of an American family chopped up two children and their maid on 23rd April 1992 and dumped their remains in the house’s septic tank. Freely admitting to his crimes, to this day passerby still see shadows of children at the gate staring out sadly in the twilight, and occasionally they still hear screams of children pleading for help…

3. Pudu Jail, Kuala Lumpur

This is a jail that has now been demolished, and its grounds have been exposed to nature and all the harsh elements for over a year to clear all its negative vibes and unhappy spirits. But at one point of time, this jail used to be holding cells for the most notorious criminals who were often sentenced to death. After it was no longer used as a jail, the grounds were opened to public with tours given; where visitors still heard screams of no longer living people from hanging chambers, unexplained cold spots in corridors and a disturbing vibe.

2. Silverpark Resort, Frasers Hill

The highlands are always said to host the most spirits because of their relative isolation despite throngs of visitors during peak seasons. One of the blocks at this apartment is not meant to be rented out. Here is a story of a family who stayed at this block before, a family of four with a caretaker.

According to the caretaker, there were children pulling her hair at night when she was trying to sleep, and suspecting foul play on the children’s side she woke up to see nobody around. The father of the family heard sounds of a ball rolling across floor, people on the balcony and sounds of children feet running across floor in daytime with not even a shadow to account for it. The unit was also extraordinary cold. Needless to say, this was their last ever visit here.

1. Karak Highway

While it is not a property, Karak Highway is nevertheless a location which cannot be missed from any haunted Malaysian list especially after the 1990 Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway crash which killed 17 people when a passenger bus crashed into a tanker lorry, FRU riot police car and 10 other vehicles.

There are many stories of spirits roaming these highways, and of the many well known spirits on this road is a yellow Volkswagen which goes around at night without a driver, appearing to drive very slowly in front of you and making you overtake it; of which if you look, you will realise there is no driver. Don’t bother overtaking it, as according to the stories it will just appear in front of you again in a few hundred metres.

There is also the Lost School Boy who will be wandering along the side of the road. If you try to talk to him, he will just continue to ask you, “Have you seen my mother?” over and over again. Legend has it that there was an accident where his mother was flung out of the car while the glass and windshield pierced his eyes thus killing him. To this day, his ghost is still looking for his mother.

And perhaps the creepiest story? A radio deejay received a call from a listener late one night on air. Sounding depressed, the caller told his story of how he got into an accident where his car went down a ravine on the side of a highway. He told of how he watched his parents, wife and children die in front of him and then watched himself die as well before the line cut off.

Attempting to call the caller back, the deejay was unable to make contact. Both listeners and radio deejay brushed off the entire experience until the next day when the newspapers reported an accident on the Karak Highway where a couple, their parents and children died in an accident when their car went down a ravine. With a chill running down his spine, the deejay rushed back to listen to the radio recording - only to find an eerie silence.

There are so many more famous haunted places such as Villa Nabila in Johor where a boy entered the mansion ghost hunting in fun, disappeared and woke up back in his friend’s house with no memory of what happened in the haunted house nor knowledge of how he got to his friends bed, or an apartment in Precinct 18 of Putrajaya where you go to sleep in your own bed and wake up randomly in another bed in the same house.

Hauntings are usually created by gruesome accidents which cause angry and dissatisfied spirits to linger around. We are sure you have heard your share of horror stories equivalent to these or worse. Come share with us your hauntings below…..

(Written by: Diane Foo Eu Lynn, 7th April 2016)


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That was awesome story .. 

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There were many times in Genting's Hotel Room that I never managed to sleep soundly. There were sounds of loud awning ripping and air ventilator when I was trying to sleep. A few times I felt someone was trying to push me closer into the middle of bed, as if asking me to make space.

Another one is when I was in Copthorne Hotel in Penang. I came back to my room after a late supper around 3am+ alone when my other friends were already deep asleep on the bed. So I was the 4th person on the bed at that night and the room was pitch dark (curtains down) and pin drop silence. Just when I thought I want to grab my mp3 from my back from the table, the bed lamp flickered on/off for 3 seconds. I did not bother that much and assumed for some wiring issue behind the walls. After chilling for 5 minutes, the light flickered again and I was skeptical about it. Feeling helpless as my friends were deep asleep, I tried my very best to zone out when I heard gentle door knocks. I woke my friend up by whispering. We even heard the neighbour's room having some vacuum sound, which I don't think it is reasonable to have cleaning services at like 4am midnight. FML, my friend and I just had to embrace the moment by just counting sheeps, hoping that we can wake up to a better morning. 

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When I was young and unknowing about what lies in other parallel dimensions, I witnessed some sort of eerie findings in Genting when my family and I went traveling there. It was peak season and my mum had to book the Ria Apartment, yes the oh-so-famous-for-the-wrong-reasons Ria Apartment! My sister and I used to go up and down the lift for fun, and the lift always stops and opens up at one pitch black floor, if I remember correctly it was the 7th floor, I walked out once and saw paper sticking on every door, then walked back into the lift and continued ascending and descending. No matter going up or down, it will always stop and open its doors at this particular floor.

One thing for sure, I didn't know it was haunted of course. Only when I grew up and knew that its haunting tales then I recalled, and then I knew those 'papers' were amulets! Gave me goosebumps for sure.

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@Zara_Yeow crap I'd always thought that amulet scene was just a rumor. so if you're being really honest here, that literally creeps me off right now :s

Anyway, any issue during the night or any encounter?

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@shihjin It was really creepy only after I grew up and realized what it was all about, at that time I didn't know. No other weird encounters, even if there was, I probably didn't think it was unusual or so, too young.

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@Zara_Yeow yikes! glad that was the past for you.

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In Genting, 3 years back, while in bed, my mom was greeted by 3 headed ghost flying to her from the ceiling. She can only keep murmuring 佛經. She believes they are asking for help. I love you mama.

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Many people talk about Karak Highway.... not sure if it is true???

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Genting Highlands and Karak Highway seemed like the most ghost stories being told. 

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Diane posted Pudu Jail which is now converted to B*CC.

Would you be investing in B*CC if you are superstitious about haunted place? 

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@ppnnkk2011 Karak Highway story is not so scary as compared to Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (the one that i normally use to go back to Kuantan) 

There are more frightening stories when they first launch the Lebuhraya Pantai Timur many years back...... (food that those customer eat in the R&R .... etc)

But i do believe it had been taken care off now 

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Side topic: Out of so many country that I had travel to this place below is the worst.(when you mentioned haunted place) 

Within 10 minutes my tattoo is floating up from my skin (as if I had just done my tattoo), goosebumps and whole body started to feel itchy.

Only when I reached a Cave with some prayer statues my body condition become normal again. 

No doubt i do really enjoy the scenery of this place (I am guessing many did not rest in peace in this area)

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@imronaldsoo, isn't the Karak Highway story about the pontianak with the lady's husband's head? Quite scary le.....

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@imronaldsoo, what's this cave place? Looks like a nice scenery though, doesn't look scary to me. Is this in Malaysia?

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Okay the picture gives me some spooks Ronald. Those might be some kind of tombstones u do not know of.

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@James_bob, the Karak Highway so far ah whenever i pass no luck on seeing the pontianak ....

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@zara_Yeow & @James_bob

the picture i attached, the place is known as Plain of Jars @ Laos

So far only for most tour, they only bring us to Site 1, and even Site 1 itself during the war in the past, many people died due to the bombing and there are many site that is still bury with landmine, kinda dangerous.... 

the explanation extracted from lonely planets: 

Giant stone jars of unknown ancient origin are scattered over hundreds of square kilometres aroundPhonsavan, giving the area the misleading name of Plain of Jars. In fact it's no more of a plain than the rice-bowl valleys at Muang Sing or Luang Namtha, and indeed most of the curious jar sites are on hills. But what is more fascinating than the jars themselves is the mystery of which civilisation created them. Remarkably, nobody knows. But that doesn't stop guides guessing, often amusingly randomly. Meanwhile, a fanciful legend claims that they were made to brew vast quantities of rice wine to celebrate the local people's 6th-century liberation from cruel overlords by the Tai-Lao hero Khun Jeuam. In some versions of this story, the jars were 'cast' from a type of cement made from buffalo skin, sand, water and sugar cane, then fired in 'kilns'. Some even claim that the cave beside Jar Site 1 housed one such kiln. In fact, the jars were fashioned from solid stone and archaeologists estimate they date from the Southeast Asian iron age, between 500 BC and 200AD.

Smaller jars have long since been carted off by collectors but around 2500 larger jars, jar fragments and 'lids' remain. As the region was carpet-bombed throughout the Indochina wars, it's miraculous that so many jars survived. Only a handful of the 90 recorded jar sites have so far been cleared of UXO, and then only within relatively limited areas. These sites, and their access paths, are delineated by easily missed red-and-white marker stones: stay on the white side to avoid a very unpleasant surprise.

Sites 1, 2 and 3 form the bases of most tour loops. Phakeo (a trio of closely linked, overgrown sub-sights) is only accessible by a two-day trek. Although the Plain of Jars is northeastern Laos' most popular tourist attraction, even the main sites are remarkably low-key and can be virtually deserted if you arrive in the afternoon.

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Oh wow! Ronald, how come you have so many stories like that??? I wouldn't want to encounter all these.

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@veron some people are easily attracted to super-natural stuff --> I am one of them

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@admin_ps thank you for good sharing

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Come on. This article is not helping at all. Certain things like supernatural stuff should be put aside. This is real world not a TV/movie world. 

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I have come across buyers who had bought houses with spirits without knowing. 

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