Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Other World Story - Love Of The Dead

"Engkau nak balik tengok anak?" Mak Maznah asked the lady with flowing hair who was sitting on her own graveyard. 

It was around 7pm and the mother of four had just been buried hours earlier. 
She died of birth complication. 
Although her baby survived the ordeal, she lost too much blood to live on. 

"Sapa engkau cakap tu Nah?" Her grandmother was curious seeing the teenager (then) talking. 

"Orang yang mati tadi. Kesian dia, Nek." She explained to her grandmother as she pointed outside through the ajar window at her kitchen overlooking the plot of cemetery at Pasir Panjang not far from Haw Par Villa.

The grandmother spared no time. 
She quickly went to the dead lady's house informing the husband what had just happened. 
The husband, with his father, went to the graveyard and performed some religious ritual that very night. 

From then on, nothing of the similar incident happened again.

Hard for me to believe the story related by my elderly neighbour although I knew she's not lying.
She had told me many other stories which, if she is able to write and with memories still fresh, can be compiled into short stories of the unseen world.

But as I read today's Star, how the story likened.


Unbearable loss: A family member (right) consoling H’ng during the funeral in Bukit Mertajam.
Tuesday September 28, 2010 - Teen Spirits ‘Visit’ Daughter Every Night 
THE spirits of a teenage couple killed in an accident recently has been “visiting” their daughter every night since the incident, a Taoist monk has told the family, according to Sin Chew Daily.
Teh Boh Yi, 19, and his wife Khor Lee Mui, 17, who married eight months ago, were travelling in a multi-purpose vehicle with three friends when a lorry slammed into the car, causing it to spin at the middle span of the Penang Bridge before crashing.

Baby orphan: A family member holding Chloe during her parents’ funeral yesterday. Photos: The Star

“The monk told us that my son and daughter-in-law came back to our house every night but they could no longer hold their baby Chloe.
“No wonder after their funeral, Chloe was always laughing while lying on her bed as though someone was playing with her,” said Khor’s mother.
She also urged the road users, especially youngsters, not to speed on the roads.


masterwordsmith said...

Dear Ummie

A very tragic tale indeed - a couple so young and their lives were just snuffed out. And now, a baby is an orphan ..


Life is so short.

Take care and have a blessed week.


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