Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever heard about paranormal activities and what they usually found during the “haunting tour”?
Some say that ghosts and paranormal events are not true, some say it is just a psychological game and some might say there are scientific explanations behind the existence of ghosts. It all depends on what they believe and their knowledge limitations. According to CCBC, the investigation of paranormal occurrences has a long and fascinating history. Many ancient religious convictions are founded on paranormal research, and many ancient civilizations’ metaphysics contained pantheons of ghosts, spirits, fairies, aliens, higher forces, and other supernatural phenomena.
Before I start listing down the haunted places in Malaysia, I will talk about some myths about paranormal events or ghosts that people might not know.
First of all, many people think that only old buildings will be haunted but that is not right. I have seen cases of new buildings being haunted because they are not occupied by any human beings. Some places like hospitals, asylums, hotels, forests and even roads are commonly haunted by ghosts ever heard of Karak Highway’s story? Yes, that is an example of a haunted road. Next is about how ghosts will just come out at night. In movies maybe they will only come out at night. But in real life stories, ghosts are actually there every time. If that is their place, they will always be there whether you can see them or not.
Now I will share about 5 haunted places in Malaysia and a little bit about the story behind the haunted place.
Mona Fandey’s House
“I will never die”- Mona Fandey
Mona Fandey is a name that no Malaysians could forget. The history of Mona Fandey from the day before the incident happened and even after the day of execution will always be in the memories of all Malaysians who were alive during that time. Her house is said to be haunted due to the case where she murdered one Malaysian’s politician, Mazlan Idris.
Some news mentioned that she practiced black magic rituals in order to murder the politician. Even the most adventurous ghostbusters and ghostly investigators have stated that the abandoned home still has an extremely evil vibe. And we don’t expect things to change very soon, as it is one of Malaysia’s most stigmatized properties. It is reportedly that the dark energy is still there up until these days.
Kellie’s Castle, Perak
Have you ever been to Perak? If you have, you should know that Kellie’s Castle is one of the tourism attractions in Perak. William Kellie Smith, a Scotsman, owned this magnificent house in Perak. However, because he died of illness before it could be completed, it was kept unfinished for more than 80 years after his death.
According to legend, the castle’s underground tunnels were previously utilized by Japanese invaders to torture and murder its victims. Others claim to have seen Smith’s soul roaming the building’s second level, while some claim to have seen the spirit of a dead construction worker who died there.
Malaysia in Miniature Land — Malaysia’s first theme park, which opened in Gombak in 1975. It had a sports park, a water park, and a prehistoric animal park with life-sized dinosaurs, making it a must-see for any youngster growing up in the 1970s and 1980s. It used to be a thriving water theme park with very wonderful constructions.
But now, if you look at a glance, you will not know that Mimalad in Gombak is actually an abandoned water theme park. It has been abandoned for a very long time and it no longer looks good. There are no reported events of paranormal or visibility of ghosts but the reason Mimaland was forced to shutdown was because of the security issues. There is a case where a Singaporean was reported dead at one of their water slides and the same accident happened again a year later.
Penang War Museum, Penang
Even though it is haunted, it is actually one of the tourist attractions in Penang and you have to pay to get in. The war museum is quite large and actually the moment you passed through the gate, you can already feel the eerie vibes. There is one area in that Museum where it is closed which no one can pass into the place but, you can see it from afar.
During World War II, Japanese forces took over the location and turned it into a prisoner-of-war camp. Tadashi Suzuki, a lone soldier, is reported to have carried out brutal mass executions and torture of over 100 people with a samurai sword here.
This is one of the haunted places in Malaysia that get the mass attention and actually have a movie about it. The abandoned structures in Bukit Antarabangsa have been damaged by vandalism and illicit activity throughout the years. And it is said that those illegal activities are the reason why the building collapsed and was abandoned. But it’s not unexpected, given that it’s one of the most run-down areas in the country, both in terms of appearance and vitality.
If you can see some of the buildings are old but still in a good shape (but haunted). That is most probably because of the good quality of constructions and building materials in Malaysia.