Police hunt for self-proclaimed faith healer

New Straits Times (Singapore), July 21, 2003
Jalina Joheng

SHAH ALAM, July 21:  A self-proclaimed faith healer, who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of 15 members of a family, is also suspected to be involved in five cheating cases reported over the past 45 days.

He is believed to have relieved his victims of cash and valuables.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner (II) Abu Bakar Mustafa said based on police reports, the man was believed to be responsible for these cases.

He said police today interviewed 10 people, including family members of the missing people and other victims, to help in the investigation.

He said seven reports had been received, all linked to the man — five for cheating and two for the missing persons. Three of the reports were lodged in Puchong and two each in Klang and Petaling Jaya.

He said the man was believed to have conned his victims by telling them to hand over their valuables and cash to ward off bad omen.

“A police task force has been set up to investigate the reports and the team is compiling information from the victims,” he added.

Last week, two missing persons reports were lodged over the 15 family members. One of the reports was lodged by a victim’s father who found his daughter, her family and other relatives missing from their home in Petaling Jaya.

The father, Hamzah Abu Bakar, said his daughter, Nor Liza, her husband Mohamad Ali Mydeen, both 19, and their three-month-old son Mohd Rafiq, left his house in Banting on July 9 to go to his aunt’s house in Section 1, Petaling Jaya.

When none of them could be contacted, Hamzah went to the house on Thursday and found it locked.

Another missing person report was lodged by an unemployed man whose wife and other family members were among the 15 missing persons.

Also missing were four cars: a Proton Wira Aeroback WHC 5859, Wira Saloon WHE 7384, a Proton Waja WKM 2072 and a Nissan Sunny WBD 7367.

Investigations showed that several withdrawals totalling RM2,700 were made from the bank accounts of the missing persons in Johor Baru.

A woman yesterday contacted Hamzah and told him that she and her family were also victims of the man who identified himself as Mathurakara Moorthy Muniandy.

The woman had lodged a report against the man last month and claimed the man had cheated her family of jewellery and RM2,000 after informing her that her brother and daughter would die if they did not perform certain rituals. The jewellery was to be used as part of the rituals.

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