This is a conversation I heard between Lima and her housekeeper, M.
M : Auntie, tomorrow Queensbay’s Mall is opening. Nowadays, I can’t even get home because of the jam. It took me two hours from town to Batu Uban, through Gold Coast road. All because of the people lah. The Jusco not yet opened but these people already thronged there don’t know do what.
Lima : Huh? LOL, it is going to be opened only on 1st December, now already jammed? These people ‘sua pah kau, sua koo, jakun never see new shopping mall before meh. I am not going there until maybe after 2 weeks. Aiyor…Jusco only mah, every place also got. Ipoh, KL, Hongkong, semua I’ve been there.
M : Auntie, I tell you lah. I used to wash the offices next to Queensbay there and the construction guys told me the place is haunted. Last time when the project stalled for so many years, all the dirty things came to live. This supervisor had to make routine checks on the empty building every night. He said he saw the thing, red dress, long hair girl. But he didn’t bother her, she also never disturb him. He said, usual lah, if the property left abandoned for so many years, sure got ghosts come to stay.
Lima : Really ah? Aiyor…scary lah. Which place does the ghost stays? I must know so I stay away.
M : The guy said only on the fourth floor. Always stay on that floor.
Lima : Eeek…now my hairs stand already.
M : You know why or not, auntie? Last time, these people who are sent to Pulau Jerjak….
Lima : Yayaya, I know ‘cos I used to stay there when I was small. They kept all the lepers and TB people there. Last time hor, my sister got friends who worked on the island.
M : Yayaya, you know…sometimes when these people died already…they took the body over to the mainland. Then, the coffin people only do the ritual of ‘jip kuan’ (put the body into the coffin and seal it). So, all those activities of jip kuan were carried out at near Queensbay there lor.
Lima : No wonder lah, maybe a few never went into the coffin. So, they simply run around?
M : Auntie, you remember to pray-pray when you go there, ok? I know you Christian lah, but also good to pray for these people.
Lima : Hahahaha, see if I remember or not lah. Aiyor..you think after the shopping mall opened, the ghost still there? Die lah, if suddenly go into changing room to change a red dress, instead of see my own reflections, I see the ghost standing in the mirror looking back at me. How?
M : Ahhh…you don’t simply imagine lah!
And that, ladies and gentleman, is just a ficticious conversation between two people I do not know. No one dead or alive are harmed in the conversation. No place, recognisable or not, is real. Ghosts? Maybe wor. So…the next time you go into a changing room, see that no one in red dress is looking back at you. The next time you go into the loo/gents, see that no red dress long hair woman is seducing you……The next time you reach out to hold your girlfriend’s hand, see that it is not a cold, lifeless, limp hand….The next time…