Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mona Fandey

Mona Fandey was convicted and hanged on November 2, 2001 at the age of 45 for the murder of a local politician in Malaysia. She gained notoriety for the gruesome murder, dismemberment and skinning of the body of the murdered politician. She was also a shaman or witchdoctor who practised dark magic.

According to Wikipedia, Mona Fandey started her career as a pop singer but it was a short-lived career. After leaving the music business, she became involved in spiritual witchcraft activities and was known to be a bomoh, a local shaman. She began offering her services to clients, mostly from the upper-class society. She also claimed to have provided politician clients in the ruling UMNO party with a variety of charms and talismans.

It was reported that Mazlan Idris, a state assemblyman for the constituency of Batu Talam in the state of Pahang, wanted to boost his political career and sought the services of Mona for assistance.  

At that time, Mona worked with her husband Mohamad Nor Affandi Abdul Rahman, 44, and their assistant Juraimi Hassan, 31. Mona and her husband promised to help Mazlan by giving him a talisman consisting of a cane and sbatmi headgear which was supposedly owned by former Indonesian President Sukarno. Mona convinced Mazlan that he would be "invincible". In return, Mona demanded RM2.5 million. Mazlan paid the couple RM500,000 as deposit, and gave them 10 land titles as surety for RM2 million.

An appointment was made for cleansing rituals to be performed at Mona's house. Mazlan was told to lie on the floor face up while Mona placed flowers on him. She then told Mazlan to close his eyes and wait for the money to "fall from the sky". Juraimi then, using an axe, chopped Mazlan's head off. They also dismembered and partially skinned Mazlan's body. His body was found in 18 parts buried in a storeroom near Mona's house in Pahang.  

Her last words before she was hanged were "aku takkan mati" or "I will never die" with her infamous grin. She was creepy to her last breath.

A movie titled Dukun or "Shaman" was produced in 2007 which was based on the life of Mona Fandey and the gruesome murder that she committed. Although this movie had been shot, completed and ready for cinematic release, the producers have not released this movie for public viewing. Fortunately for me and you, I found excerpts from the movie here. Directed by Dain Said and a stellar performance from Umie Aida who played the character of Mona Fandey.

The truth is out there. Peace be upon all those lost souls. 

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