The ‘oily man’ or orang minyak terrorizing Malaysian village [corrected]

Correction: I goofed! Thank you to commenter for pointing out this was Malaysia, not India!

The ‘oily man’ strikes fear.

The supernatural phenomenon purportedly terrorising Kampung Laksamana in Gombak has rallied the residents to stand together in defence of the young girls in their community.

Around 40 residents all divided into groups of about five to 10 people each and fully equipped with spotlights and wooden sticks were on patrol in the village located about 2km from Batu Caves that Thursday morning. Although they were joking with one another, you could feel the tension in the air.

…what the residents of this village were worried about were not humans, instead they were keeping an eye out for not one, but two, supernatural beings. They are under attack from a couple of orang minyak (oily man), they claim. This village has been buzzing with sightings of the two paranormal creatures for the last 10 days.

Many residents claim to have seen and heard the orang minyak around the vicinity of the Pangsapuri Laksamana and Jalan Laksamana 1. And they all say the same thing the orang minyak are clad only in their underwear and drenched in black shiny oil. They can jump from one roof to another with ease, and vanish into thin air within seconds.

Here is a story of how the Oily Man is associated with the local culture. Orang Minyak: Mythical monster or perverse criminal?

A BLACK-GREASED man, clad only in equally greasy, black underpants, creeping into a room through an open window that is the image many have of the Orang Minyak. Of course, for most, it is reinforced by the repeat watchings of P. Ramlee’s 1956 classic Sumpah Orang Minyak (The Curse of the Oily Man).

Legend as reprised by the Malay hit movie has it that the orang minyak is a regular person, but is pursuing the dark arts. To complete this course of “learning” and for his ilmu (knowledge) to be “effective”, the orang minyak is supposed to rape a certain number of virgins.

Not unlike the Monkey Man in other parts of India, there is a supernatural element here that may have a grain of truth that has grown into a strong superstitious belief (fueled by the media and film) causing mass hysteria that terrifies a community.

Check out this movie clip: Fun!

Wondering… why can’t they slow this thing down with some hot soapy water or degreaser.



  6 comments for “The ‘oily man’ or orang minyak terrorizing Malaysian village [corrected]

  1. Laurie T.
    January 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    You remember how Dawn dish washing liquid promoted themselves as helping save sea birds after every single oil spill? They should totally jump on this!

  2. bantha_fodder
    January 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    As far as I can tell, this story is from Malaysia. Where are you getting India from?

  3. idoubtit
    January 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I goofed! I did this post while distracted and was thinking of Monkey Man at the time. Thanks for pointing this out. Corrected.

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