Top 10 Malaysian Ghost Stories

Top 10 Malaysian Ghost Stories: Urban Legends

Ready to embark on a journey into the spooky side of Malaysia? Well, buckle up because we’re about to dive into some of the most hair-raising ghost stories that have been haunting Malaysians for ages. 

From the misty highlands to the bustling cities, Malaysia’s got its fair share of spine-chilling tales that’ll make you think twice about turning off the lights at night. 

Grab a snack, dim the lights (if you dare), and get ready to uncover the top Malaysian ghost stories that’ll send shivers down your spine!



The Pontianak isn’t just your average ghost. She’s the spirit of a pregnant woman who either died during childbirth or was wronged by men. 

And when she comes back from the dead, she’s not here for peace and quiet. Nope, she’s out for blood, determined to get revenge on any man who crosses her path.

Siti’s spirit roams the jungle, and when she’s near, you catch a whiff of sweet frangipani flowers. Sounds nice, right? Wrong! ‘Cause that scent turns downright nasty when she’s close. 

And when you see her, she’s drop-dead gorgeous. But don’t be fooled—she’s got a serious grudge and a hunger for payback.

Now, this story ain’t just for kicks and giggles. The villagers take it seriously, leaving offerings and saying prayers to keep Siti’s spirit at bay. But still, folks swear they’ve seen her lurking in the shadows, a reminder that you don’t mess with matters of the heart in the Malaysian jungle

Hantu Penanggalan

Hantu Penanggalan

Hantu Penanggalan’s story says she wasn’t always this terrifying. She used to be a top-notch midwife, delivering babies left and right with skill and compassion. 

But then, she got a little too curious and dabbled in dark magic. Next thing you know, she’s cursed, floating around with her head detached from her body, trailing her innards like some freaky monster.

She’s got a craving for blood, especially from pregnant women and newborns. She’s drawn to the scent of life like a moth to a flame, and she’s not picky about where she gets her fix.

As for some locals, they’re not taking any chances — they’re rocking protective amulets and leaving offerings to keep her at bay. But even with all that, folks still swear they’ve seen her lurking in the shadows, waiting to strike.



Traditionally, the Toyol is a little rascal that’s described as looking no different from a near-naked toddler. Despite its innocent appearance, it’s got sharp teeth and eyes that glow like fiery embers. 

Plus, it’s got some serious skills—it can scale walls and climb roofs like nobody’s business.

Now, depending on where you are, the Toyol might look a bit different. In some regions, it’s said to resemble a regular child, except for those telltale teeth and red eyes. 

But in modern depictions, it’s more like a goblin, with green or grey skin, pointy ears, and eyes that look like they’ve seen too much.

Here’s the backstory: the Toyol is an undead infant from Indonesian and Malay folklore, and it pops up in other Southeast Asian mythologies too. Shamans, known as dukun, pawang, or bomoh, often use black magic to summon these little troublemakers as helpers. 

One of Toyol’s favourite pastimes? Robbing folks blind. It’ll sneak into your house and make off with your riches faster than you can say “boo!” 

Orang Minyak

Orang Minyak

Orang Minyak, also known as the Oily Man, is a figure coated in a slick layer of oil, prowling through the darkness with nothing but sinister intent on his mind. He’s definitely not the kind of guy you want to run into on a dark night.

Legend has it that the Orang Minyak has a thing for unsuspecting women. He lurks in the shadows, and his presence felt but his form obscured by the darkness. 

And here’s the creepy part: folks say he’s invincible, like he’s shielded by the very darkness he calls home. 

So, if you ever find yourself wandering alone at night, keep your wits about you. That slick figure slithering through the darkness might just be the Orang Minyak. Trust us, you don’t want to stick around to find out.

Bukit Tunku Haunting 

Bukit Tunku Haunting

Bukit Tunku Haunted Mansion is nestled in the lush greenery that’s like something straight out of a horror movie.

So, back in the day, this mansion was the bee’s knees—it even had a separate maid’s quarters. But things took a dark turn when the mother of the family living there tragically took her own life in one of the bedrooms. 

After that, the place fell into disrepair, becoming a rundown eyesore. Now, here’s where it gets creepy. Nobody knows exactly what went down after the woman’s death, but the rumours started swirling that the house was haunted. 

Some folks claim they’ve seen strange lights flickering, others swear they’ve come face to face with the woman’s ghost, and some even say they’ve been overwhelmed with intense emotions just being inside the mansion.

Whether these tales are fact or fiction, one thing’s for sure: Bukit Tunku isn’t new to spooky happenings. It’s like the Beverly Hills of Malaysia, but with a side of paranormal activity. 

There’s even this legend about a phantom motorcyclist who supposedly met his end in a high-speed crash in the area and people have reported seeing him zoom past them in the dead of night, only for him to vanish into thin air. 

Highland Towers

Highland Towers

The collapse of the Highland Towers back in 1993 has been shrouded in eerie tales and ghostly whispers that stick to it like glue.

Some folks claim they’ve seen shadowy figures flitting among the ruins, while others talk about this creepy feeling that settles over them like a fog. It’s like the place is haunted by the memories of what happened there.

Now, let’s get real for a second. The collapse of the Highland Towers wasn’t just some spooky story—it was a real-life tragedy that shook Malaysia to its core. 

And even though the towers stand abandoned now, they serve as a reminder of how fragile life can be and the mysteries that lurk beneath the surface.

Karak Highway Ghost

Karak Highway Ghost

Karak Highway—the most haunted stretch of road in all of Malaysia. It’s a long, dark, and winding highway that connects Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands, and it’s got a reputation that’ll give you goosebumps.

Now, this highway has been around since the ’70s, but it wasn’t until ’77 that it opened up to the public. It’s seen its fair share of accidents, many of them ending in tragedy, and that’s where the spooky stuff came from.

One of the most famous ghost stories at Karak Highway involves a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. Now, seeing a VW Beetle on the road isn’t exactly rare, but if you spot one on the Karak Highway, you better watch out.

Legend has it that this yellow Beetle will pop up in front of you, blocking your lane and creeping along at a snail’s pace. You overtake it, thinking nothing of it, but then, there it is again, driving slow as molasses. 

No matter how many times you pass it, it keeps reappearing in front of you, like some kind of spooky déjà vu. So, if you ever find yourself cruising down the Karak Highway and you spot a yellow VW Beetle, you might want to think twice about overtaking it. 

Also, there are tales about the yellow VW Beetle cruising down the Karak Highway with no one behind the wheel, driving in reverse like something straight out of a horror flick. 

Pulau Jerejak

Pulau Jerejak

Pulau Jerejak is an island off Penang, and back in the day, it was a real-life nightmare—a prison where brutality was just part of the daily routine. The place was surrounded by waters filled with sharks, so anyone trying to escape ended up as fish food. 

Now, here’s where it gets really creepy: fishermen around the island swear they’ve seen ghosts of those restless prisoners still wandering around, looking for revenge. 

And visitors who’ve dared to step foot in that area say they felt like they were wrapped up in this weird, uncomfortable vibe. Plus, Pulau Jerejak isn’t just haunted by the spirits of tortured prisoners—it’s also a final resting place for thousands. 

We’re talking about more than 5,000 graves scattered across the island, representing people from different religions. Most of them? They’re the leprosy sufferers who spent their final days there over the years.

Kellie’s Castle

Kellie's Castle

Back in 1910, this place was the brainchild of a Scottish dude named William Kellie-Smith. He’d made a fortune in Malaya thanks to rubber plantations, but before that, he’d faced his fair share of setbacks. 

Still, he was determined to prove himself, and what better way than with an epic castle? He brought in a bunch of workers from India and got to work on this massive mansion. 

But, like many great stories, this one’s got its fair share of twists and turns. Construction was delayed, workers got sick, and Kellie-Smith’s luck took a nosedive. 

Then, tragedy struck—he fell ill and passed away in 1926 while abroad, leaving his dream castle unfinished. His family went back to Britain, and the castle fell into disrepair, becoming a hotspot for ghost stories over the years. 

Folks claim they’ve seen ghostly figures wandering the grounds, and some even say they’ve spotted Kellie-Smith himself peering out from the windows.

Janet’s Ghost

Janet’s Ghost

If you’re from Sarawak, chances are you’ve heard of Janet’s Ghost. It’s a tale that’s been floating around Kuching since the ’60s, it’s a real spine-tingler.

There was this young nurse named Janet who disappeared one night on her way home from work. Some say she was kidnapped, while others think her vanishing had something to do with the construction of a bridge pillar. 

Rumour has it, there were spirits causing a ruckus, and some folks believed that sacrificing young women would appease them and make the construction go smoothly. Poor Janet’s body was found at the construction site, without her head. 

Her parents, devastated by her gruesome death, wanted her buried in a red dress and red shoes to ensure her spirit would come back for revenge.

Now, people claimed they saw a mysterious lady in red hitching rides with motorcyclists near the bridge site, only to disappear and leave behind the stench of decaying flesh.

She didn’t stop there, though. Janet was also spotted on ferry rides across the Sarawak River, paying with money that turned into hell money or leaves. It got so bad that the ferry operators stopped running after 10 PM.