KUALA LUMPUR: A superstitious husband stopped having sex with his wife after a temple medium convinced him she was a danger to his life.
The wife, who only wanted to be known as Loh, said her husband has now abandoned her and their two teenage children and is refusing to meet them as he fears for his life.
Self-employed Loh, 44, said her husband first started consulting the medium to solve personal problems.
She claimed her husband's personality changed after daily meetings with him.
"The medium told my husband I had been casting spells on him for the past 15 years and that I was a demon trying to kill him.
"He refused to eat or drink at home because he thought I poisoned the food," Loh told a press conference held at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department yesterday.
Loh also said there were no prior family problems and that her husband was very loving although he was superstitious.
"I know he misses the children and although my son calls him almost every day urging him to come back, he still refuses to see the children as he is afraid I will kill him through them," she added.
She said her husband, a factory manager, moved out of the house on the medium's advice in August and had been paying very little for living expenses and their children's school fees.
He withdrew the children's savings totalling RM37,000 before moving out and recently asked for a divorce.
Loh is worried the medium is taking advantage of her husband's trust in him, claiming the medium is also heavily in debt.
Loh had also found a newspaper report published in 2002 about another man who had neglected his family after he was "helped" by the same medium.
Loh has lodged two police reports.
"We have known the medium and his family for 20 years. I do not know why he is doing this," said Loh.
Department head Datuk Michael Chong said he had received three complaints this month involving victims who were duped by mediums.
- The Star/Asia News Network
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