When purchasing properties in Malaysia, a norm for those who believe in those things is to find out if the property has a bad reputation, such as if someone died there by suicide or murder.
Chances are if something unfortunate happened on the property, it is unlikely that a buyer would take the initiative to purchase it.
Ranging from KL to Johor Bahru, Malaysia has its own fair share of haunted houses that attracts ghost hunters all around.
1) Taman Tenaga, Puchong
This bungalow that is isolated on a hill was allegedly abandoned when the owner at that time experienced otherworldly disturbances; other stories tell of previous occupants committing suicide amid loan sharks hunting them.
Urban life is muted around here as nature has slowly taken back land; visitors have claimed to see spots of red candle wax on the steps, a sign of occult practices, while delinquents and vagrants still periodically seek shelter at this bungalow.
2) Shih Chung Branch School
The five-storey Anglo-Chinese building was sold to a wealthy merchant at the start of the twentieth century, was once a Chinese Consulate and consequently five different hotels. Following a short stint of commercial use, the building became the Pi Joo Girls’ School for a brief period before finally becoming the Shih Chung Branch School in 1938.
Once owned by the Imperial Japanese during World War 2, it was also rumored that the basement was a site of imprisonment, torture and executions at that time. Locals tend to avoid the place at night as it takes on a dreadful and foreboding atmosphere at night.
3) Villa Nabila, Johor Bahru
Allegedly named after one of its young victims, Villa Nabila went from being a local legend to a film adaptation in 2013; children were also known to have went missing during that time.
Listed as one of the most haunted places in Asia, legend has it that Nabila’s father faced bankruptcy and had murdered some members family before taking his own life. Nabila then inherited a great fortune and was killed by a live-in maid who then cemented in one of the walls of the villa. Other tales describe Nabila being raped when the house had robbers before being murdered and subsequently cemented in the walls of the house.
For a place that looks glommy all around, it has now transformed to being a stray dog shelter managed by the Johor Animal Rescue Association with it housing more than 200 dogs.
4) 99 Door Mansion, Penang
Known initially as Caledonia Estate, it was built in the 1840s by one of Britain’s wealthiest families at that time – the Ramsdens. In June 1948, grandson of the family John Saint Maur Ramsden was shot twice in the back of the head while walking up the mansion stairs. The murderer was never found, but the common rumor is that a business competitor gone and done it. Another locally sparked rumor is that John was allegedly a homosexual that employed only “young and handsome Malay houseboys”
In addition to all that, some also believed that the Japanese killed all of the Ramsden family before taking over the property during the war; but this doesn’t really line up with the fact that the grandson was shot 3 years after the Japanese surrender. Another story is that a local Bomoh had utilised the abandoned house at that time to build his little workshop.
Visitors had reported “growling noises” and the sound of drums, some also wVisitors had reported “growling noises” and the sound of ritualistic drums, some also were allegedly possessed by demons. Legend also has it that at 12am every night, the mystical 100th door in the 99 Door Mansion opens up to allow passing spirits or demons from the Bomoh’s antics to return and haunt the living.