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KUALA LUMPUR: His physical appearance was shocking. The prominent politician’s body was marred by
an unknown skin disease that had been bothering him for months. The blisters and skin abscess on his
body would not go away with the application of medication from skin specialists.
In the closed-door meeting between this politician and exorcist Gao Tian Ba, who goes by the name
Golden Dragon King, the assemblymen wanted to know if he was a victim of black magic.
Gao related this incident to illustrate the point that it is common for politicians to cast spells and curses
on one another.
“Seven out of 10 politicians who sought my help had suffered from some form of illness caused by black
magic spells cast by their opponents, whether it is from the same political party or from the opposition,”
Businessmen, on the other hand, would have Gao bless objects such as paintings or other decorative
items before displaying them in their business premises. This is ostensibly to bring good luck and to ward
off evil spirits.
Political and business magnates also consult Gao on matters pertaining to moving up the political ladder,
reinforcing the power they possess and obtaining more wealth and power.
Asked to relate the spells and curses commonly cast on politicians, Gao said: “When they go to bed, the
moment they close their eyes they see shadowy figures in human form and some strange and horrifying
Physical symptoms from such spells are headache, sinus, body pain, hair fall, darkened face resembling
a sun-tan, and skin diseases like abscesses and blisters. In some cases, family members are not spared.
The spell or curse can be cast in various ways. One way is to pass a black magic potion to the maid of
the targeted person to combine it with the food for the family.
Gao helps his clients on two conditions: he will not reveal the identity of the person who cast the spell and
he will not retaliate in the same manner.
In the last three years, Gao said he has seen an increase in the number of visits from politicians. “Some
senior government people asked me which states would win and what the margins of victory would be.
And whether they could win back the states they had lost in previous elections,” Gao says.
He says his politician clients come from all races and some from East Malaysia, and they are from both
sides of the political divide.
Gao sees about 300 to 400 visitors daily. He insists on only practicing “white” magic, but some politicians
and businessmen would still try their luck at persuading him to cast black magic spells and curses with
bundles of cash amounting to RM2.5 million coupled with bungalow and luxury cars.
“I went to see the bungalow with a politician, who promised to give it to me if I helped him to cast black
magic on his opponents. I turned it down, because people who use black magic on others will not live
well for the rest of their lives,” Gao says.
When politician or businessmen are going through lean spells and considering black magic, Gao has
only one advice for them: do no harm to others and do not bad-mouth them.
According to Gao, some politicians disappeared from the political landscape because of black magic,
whether it be from the unbearable stress caused by the curses from rivals or from having cast them
on other people.
This article was first published in the April 19, 2014 issue of The Heat.
He is under siege from his own colleagues in Pakatan Rakyat, in particular over the water woes in Selangor, but Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim remains defiant, fending off calls for him to step down.
PETALING JAYA: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is facing mounting pressure from his
Pakatan Rakyat colleagues to step down from his job but he remains unfazed.
After his humiliating defeat in PKR division polls, Khalid has come under siege for a host of other
contentious issues, including the unresolved matter of seized Bibles and the return of water woes in
Khalid has responded by slamming his critics, including DAP and PKR leaders who had demanded
for his resignation.
He stressed that even if he were to lose in the PKR deputy presidential race, it would not mean that
he should step down as the mentri besar.
“There was never a clause to say if you fail in your party elections, you have to resign as mentri besar.
“For example, if you lose as MP, then you cannot be a minister. That is okay. But if you are an MP, you
remain as an MP until the next general election,” he said.
Khalid also said that the PKR election system was flawed, as there was a blackout during the Kuala
Selangor votes tallying process, which resulted in him losing to former Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam.
“I joined PKR as I wanted to be part of a party that champions the rights of the people in line with the
“But sadly, I see some flaws, especially in the process of counting votes and this is a serious issue for
a party like PKR.”
In an immediate response, PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the post of mentri besar was
not “personal property”.
In a statement urging all state assemblymen and party leaders to respect the rules and conduct related
to the matter, he said:
“The position of the mentri besar is not the personal agenda nor property of any individual but is the result
of a decision of PKR’s and Pakatan Rakyat, with the blessings of the Sultan.”
Khalid, who is in a three-way fight for the deputy presidency against incumbent Azmin Ali and secretary-general
Datuk Saiffudin Nasution, said a thorough investigation was needed to find out if there were elements of
sabotage in the electoral process.
Manikavasagam, who was suspended but reinstated recently, secured 701 votes against Khalid’s 515 votes
to win the division with his team winning key posts as well and the Youth and Wanita wings.
PKR election committee chairman Datuk Johari Abdul confirmed that there was a power outage during the
vote tallying process but denied there was any tampering of votes.
THERE ARE MANY FRUSTRATION AND CONCERN WITHIN SELANGOR AND WE SELANGORIANS GOT TO GIVE THANKS TO ANWAR AND AZMIN ALI.
IF THESE TWO ARE NOT IN DESPERATE NEED OF CASH AND PROJECTS TO STOP FROM BEING SUE THEN WE SELANGORIANS ARE LIVING IN A VERY BORING STATE OF MIND.
WE ACTUALLY NEED THESE TWO TO BREAK UP THE COALITION TO FIGHT BN COME NEXT GENERAL ELECTION.
AS NOT EVERYONE IS AWARE, THERE IS A POKER SESSION AND BETS GOING ON WITHIN PKR AS TO HOW LONG MORE MB KHALID CAN SURVIVE IN THIS HEATED GAME.
THIS POKER GAME WAS PLANNED IN MECCA WITH ROZALI ISMAIL, UMNO AND AZMIN ALI, WHO FLEW IN A PRIVATE JET. DAP AS USUAL GOT SUCK INTO THE PICTURE WITH PROMISES OF GOLDEN LAND AND PROJECTS. PAS ON THE OTHER HAND ONLY GOT A PAT ON THE SHOULDER FOR BEING A GOOD BOY. I TOLD YOU THE MALAYS ARE STUPID.
WELL THE LATEST NEWS IS MB KHALID WILL HAVE TO LEAVE BY AUGUST OR SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN.
KNOWING HOW MAD AND CRAZY THE MALAYS ARE MB KHALID WILL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE WELFARE OF HIS LIFE AND HIS FAMILY.
SO WILL PAS BE STUPID AND LET ANWAR AND AZMIN ALI EAT THE WEALTH FROM SELANGOR AND GIVE THEM CRUMBS. CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR EITHER HADI OR KHALID TO DIE. SO ONCE AGAIN WE SELANGORIANS ARE CAUGHT IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA AND THIS TIME KNOWING HOW AZMIN ALI WORKS, WE ARE TOTALLY FINISH.
BY THE WAY WHY NO PKR MEMBERS ASK ABOUT THE RM20 MILLION AZMIN ALI TOOK AS POCKET MONEY?
More than 1,000 Nepalese migrants have died while working in Malaysia since mid-2006. Photograph: AFP/Getty
When Phadendra Kumar Shrestha heard about the cupboardful of abandoned passports, he knew he was in trouble. The 27-year-old migrant worker from Sindhuli district, Nepal, had travelled to Malaysia on the promise of a salary more than double what he could ever hope to earn at home, but the contents of the cupboard made him afraid.
Shortly after his arrival in Kuala Lumpur in October, his employer confiscated his passport and those of the 36 young men who had travelled with him. Without his documents, the only way Shrestha could leave his employer was to run away. And so the pile of abandoned passports indicated that several workers had fled, leaving their documents behind.
It had all felt so very different when Shrestha boarded the plane in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. "I felt bad leaving my family, but I thought that if I worked hard for two or three years it would be good for my future. I might not get another chance," he said. But, in truth, he was in trouble before he had even left home. Shrestha had paid a recruitment agent 120,000 rupees (£750) to secure the job in Malaysia – 40,000 rupees more than the limit set by the government.
Shrestha challenged the agent about the high costs, but he knew he had no option but to pay them. "I tried to do lots of jobs in Nepal – no one has worked as hard as me – but the most I could earn was 15,000 rupees a month (£95)," he said. The only way he could afford the fees was to take out a loan for almost the entire amount with an annual interest rate of 36%. Despite such costs, Malaysia remains the most popular destination for Nepalese migrant workers.
Bed Kumar Khatiwoda, who was a migrant rights co-ordinator for the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions in Malaysia for eight years, says the country is popular with migrants because it accepts workers with few skills and qualifications. "When it comes to migration, the government rules are not too strict, so even uneducated men from the villages can get a job there," Khatiwoda said.
It is also the most risky. According to government data, 1,023 Nepalese died in Malaysia between mid-2006 and April 2014 – more than in any other Nepalese destination country. More than 10% of these deaths were classified as suicide. Eighty-three Nepalese died in Malaysia between 1 January and 13 April this year – an average of almost one a day.
"It's more dangerous than the Gulf countries," Khatiwoda said. "Even if workers have insurance, the companies rarely pay compensation when there is an accident. And the government offers no help. There is no one to stand up for migrants."
According to the 2014 trafficking in persons (TiP) report published by the US state department last week, a high proportion of Malaysia's estimated 2 million illegal migrant labourers fall prey to forced labour at the hands of their employers, recruitment companies or organised crime syndicates, who refuse payment, withhold their documents or force them into indentured servitude. Malaysia's relegation to the lowest tier of the TiP watchlist, which grades governments' anti-trafficking efforts on a three-tier scale, indicates that the country has failed to comply with the most basic international requirements to prevent trafficking and protect victims within its borders.
Shrestha said he immediately understood why workers' passports had been withheld. Upon arrival in Malaysia, he had been collected from the airport and driven through the smart outskirts of Kuala Lumpur's capital to Pandamaran, an industrial district near the coast.
He and the other new arrivals were put up in a derelict shack, with plywood walls, a tin roof and no fan to ease the humid air. "The cowsheds in my village were better than those rooms," Shrestha said. "The place was so dirty. It was like a storeroom, with scraps of metal lying all over the place."
Every day they were driven for an hour and a half to work then forced to do a gruelling 12-hour shift in a plastic packaging factory. "We were not even allowed to take a five-minute break to go to the toilet," he said. "We had to wait for hours until we got permission."
Worse was to follow. At the end of the first month, Shrestha received a little over half the salary he had been promised by the recruitment agent in Nepal. "I felt terrible. I had been promised one thing in Nepal, but it never materialised in Malaysia. I didn't contact the Malaysian authorities because we had been told that the police were very corrupt. We might have to bribe them, so we didn't approach them," he said. "But if I could, I would tell them to make sure we get the pay and conditions promised to us in Nepal."
Instead, Shrestha called his recruitment agent in Nepal who came to Malaysia to negotiate with his employer. "He came and talked to the company director who assured him he would pay our full salaries, but as soon as our agent left, he backtracked and told us to follow the rules and accept the salary we were given."
Shrestha eventually escaped with the help of his brother, who used his influence as a journalist to demand Shrestha's return. But some of the other workers have not been so fortunate. "There were three men working in our factory who had been there for five years," Shrestha said. "They don't have their passports or an air ticket, so they are trapped. How can they ever leave?"
A man has been killed after his still beating heart was pulled out of his chest and bit into by his attacker after a furious row over a bowl of noodles.
Yul Liao was savagely attacked following an argument with Bo Tuan, 29, who wanted to share his noodles.
When the 48-year-old victim refused, they started shouting at each other before Bo pulled out a knife and drew it across the other man's throat.
An eyewitness said: "It was bloody and horrifying and I can't get the images out of my mind.
"He sliced the man open like he was a bag of rice, and pulled his heart out in front of us all, I swear it was still beating. Several people fainted, I wish I could have fainted. I can't stop seeing it even when I close my eyes."
She said that the man had carried the heart in his hands occasionally biting and made no attempt to run away as he wandered around the small pavement area near where the man's dead body lay on the ground.
When police arrived on the scene in Suizhou, in China's Hubei province, Bo did not resist arrest.
Locals said they wanted more police protection in the area to prevent similar violent incidents.
They said that officers had taken 40 minutes to turn up and the man could have attacked anybody else walking past in that time.
THERE IS NO DIFFERENCES IN CULTURE WHEN HATRED IS SUPPORTED BY THE RULING GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA. TO THIS WE HAVE TO GIVE THANKS TO TUN RAZAK. WHAT HAS MALAYSIA DONE TO DESERVE SUCH A SON?