Malaysia Urban Legends – Haunted Karak Highway

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I know I’ve blogged about an incident about the infamous haunted Karak Highway but this one is a story that has been told to me over numerous times by different people of different background levels. Most of the time the stories about Karak Highway varies, afterall, its an urban legend! But this is one story that I find creepy but at the same time hard to believe. You be the judge.

It was late at night when a young couple and their baby was travelling in a car along the Karak Highway. They were trying to get home, like the rest of the other Malaysians because it was nearing festive season. And like the many other Malaysians, they choose to travel at night to avoid the traffic jam and also the heat of the sun when noon gets in the way.

As they were travelling along the lonely stretch of Karak Highway, suddenly, the car gave a sudden jerk and started making weird noises. The husband was fairly surprised because he remembered to check the car before travelling long distance to ensure the safety of his family. Soon, they had no choice but to stop by the roadside. The husband got out of the car to check the car engine while his wife and baby was waiting in the car. After a few minutes, he came back and reported that he could not see anything wrong and tried starting the car again. However, the car just would not budge. At loss, the husband made a difficult decision to either wait until another car comes along or walk to the nearest phone booth.

Not wanting to leave his family behind, they waited. After some 20 minutes or so, the highway remained quiet. The husband wondered why was there such calmity on the highway when festive celebrations are just around the corner. Perhaps it was due to the late night, he thought to himself. After what seemed like eternity, the husband decided to take the second option.
Advising his wife to lock the doors and take care, he left them behind with a heavy heart. His wife, on the other hand, watched her husband walk away with worries on her mind. She prayed hard that someone would eventually notice their stalled car and offer help. She was also worried that accidents might happen.

Hours passed by and soon she started getting even more worried. She was worried something might happen to her husband. Worried, she fought with herself over if she should just keep on waiting or leave the car behind and look for her husband. But where should she start looking? In the end, she decided to get out of the car to stretch her legs. As soon as she came out of the car, she realized that something was staring at her from behind. As she turned, she saw the bodiless head of her husband with his eyes and mouth wide open as if in shock staring back at her. Til this day, no one has found the remains of his body.

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77 Responses to “Malaysia Urban Legends – Haunted Karak Highway”

  1. Sufi Khal Says:

    OMG, this story has been spread by people all over singapore.
    I first heard it from my aunt, when i was 12. I didn’t know it was real until i read this post, and all the memory i had came back. This story here is real no doubt. This is what my aunt told me EXACTLY the same. So people, beware of this place.

  2. rujhan Says:

    I’ve heard this story once.the old karak road/highway.isn’t it?one of the haunted and scariest story in main malaysian highway.till now.hope this story never ever happens again for all malaysian citizens especially who often uses this higway.

  3. saifudin gombak Says:

    come lets watch KaraK !

  4. barreneye Says:

    las year on 1st may, i went to a mzic n camp event somewhere at the hillside of janda baik,anyway,it’s a camping site.the event started at 9pm-5a.m..longest jamming session i ‘ve ever had. a friend is a residence there, i did asked him about this story if he ever heard of it..or maybe his parents who’d been staying earlier than him of course,ever heard of this horror story,said he never heard such story, there.However, yes..the road to the hillside village Janda Baik is really errm .. chilling, to my bones. since it was my first time, half-way driving there, i actually decided to head back to the RnR Genting Sempah,n call my friend if i were on the right route, he said yes ..n it was already gathered all my nerve,driving along that seemingly neverending corners,uphill,downhill and thankGod, made it with no ghostly hassle or whatsoever but just battling with my own fear of the unknown.

    Frankly speaking, it is a very unique to stay overnight like chalet/resort is not a problem,at all .. a very-very pleasant place to chill-out, n if u ‘d like to go googoogaga,it’d take only half an hour from there to genting highlands, because at Janda Baik, 7 p.m upward is all set for anykind of horror movies for the first timer, but as the second time i went there .. it is real pleasing as i believe in what my friend said to me, there’s no such thing.

  5. aurelius Says:

    karak highway memang br ni,sy pg ke terengganu ikut jalan tu around 9pm..n the road is so quiet..berkabus…tak tau pulak jalan tu berpuaka..lps tgk karak movee br perasan…mmg menyeramkan..dah la gelap…kalau drive sorang sorang elok jalan siang je..

  6. I have No life Says:

    You see guys. This is why I play World Of Warcraft all day long. Call me a social retarted…No life… BUT meh, the outside world is freaking scary.

  7. Prem Says:

    Hey guys, I really am scared. I really am. I want to know if it’s true! I want to know more about this!

  8. Nihal Says:

    i heard a different story…………..the 1 i heard is that the car stop infront of karak highway……..then the husband went into the jungle to find water……..then the wife waited for hours and he didnt come back………then suddenly the wife heard banging noises on the roof of the car……then she raan away without looking bck…….then when she looked back she saw a ghost banging her husbnd head on the roof……

  9. Hanee Says:

    This truly is a true story yeah.. I want to watch Karak..

  10. Rogier Says:

    This is the most complete nonsense I have ever red. I heard about this story, looked it up and ended here.

    People that believe this urban legend should go to the clinic to get their brains checked out, it’s ridiculous that people nowadays believe in ghost stories. Ghosts don’t exists!!! Grow up and move on.

    Btw. ever considered that we have wild animals in that area??? Maybe noises are being caused by them??? Just the fact that we have so many versions of the same lame story already tells me enough. Another interesting I like to share with you all, most of the Urban Legends are from Malaysia when you look at the stories in South East Asia. People here are just suspicious that it becomes hilarious. I live in Malaysia now for a while and the number of ghost encounters are bizarre, and the funny thing is, I haven’t seen any!!!

    Grow up, and don’t believe in Urban Legends, its called a Legend for a reason……………….

  11. Raizzen Says:


    If I were u I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this kind of thing. In Islam, Muslims acknowledge that not everything could be explained through science. There are some force unseen to the naked eyes at work.

    No disrespect to whatever religion you’re practicing – so here’s a point am trying to make:

    A couple years back, my late uncle used to be a cab driver. And as most cab drivers could attest, these encounters are quite common. And there was this one route that so many drivers refused to drive through because according to them – there was this lady who hails a cab, ride it and left her ‘baby’ in the car. Her baby – you guess it – a graveyard headstone.

    But there was this Singh guy who would go around rudely dismissing this news he’d heard. And as time would have it. He was hailed by a woman and unsuspectingly allowed her to get in the cab. Just for her to be missing leaving with her a rotting scent. Well I don’t wanna get into too much details as am typing around 2.00 a.m after watching this Karak movie. It sucks. But still……………

    So my point is, it could happen to anyone really.

    Good day mate – No pun intended.

  12. Afiq Says:

    You will remain an unbeliever until you saw one, trust me this thing do exist probably due some exaggerations by the public the story had alter a bit from time to time, I admit never saw one of it before but believe me it’s a thing you don’t want to mess about.

  13. kenneth Says:

    very nice n spooky story!I think we must be aware of these kind of supernatural things if we don’t want to end up dead.

  14. kenneth Says:

    i think we r lucky to not encounter with these kind of things.

  15. Qistina Says:

    Hi. Can I tell you my story? This happened to my dad when I was a baby. It was late night and my grandmother called to go back to our kampung because my greatgrandmother was ill. So all of us, my dad, my mum and the baby me had no choice but to go back to our kampung. So while my dad was driving suddenly he was shaking and started to recite some of surah. My mum was dumbstruck but she don’t want to ask my dad because she was with a baby and she was scared as well. As soon as we reached kampung, my dad told my mum that he saw a tall ghost or as we malay call it, hantu galah. He just drove the car the open spaces between the ghost’s legs. Alhamdulillah nothing happened though!

  16. miz scatterbrained Says:

    i’m totally get ol my hairs were standing…… though it is evening but dusk….. i hev feel the horrified spooky terrible and full of crazy ghost stories….. u ol got me shaking….. i’ve been look ol ’round me when i read ur posts….. but thanks i think i can share this page wit my fwen n let them enjoyed the horrifying, frightening stories of urs….. so just get the story updated……n mb i’m also wish 2 send a post of my ghost stories n the stories that i’d hear from my relatives n fwen…….. 🙂

  17. Old Snake Says:

    Wow~! This story was true one loh..But dont be suprise because the road was their so-called territory. So better be travel during dawn time because when is night time, >> MIST + UNKNOWN ATTACK.

    Don’t need to waste the time disturb the policemen because the witness may not be able to tell the actual situations. Why? . Just imagine that condition, nervous + fears, so who can describe the actual moments, all described above is true but not accurate.The victim is at the car roof(True) but some say biting, some eat eating the heads, some say sucking the blood off, some say with wings, and some say is long hair. Which is the one then? All-in-one? Spirits or wild animals or vampires?

    I think sometimes we are quite lucky in our country as the spirit(NOT PONTIANAK)seldom causes threat to Malaysia locals. Not like other country such as Indonesia and Thailand, whereby the “spirit” will really harm by posession and control his/her body and doing fatal acts. I had a lot of this experiences + encounters but is not good way to describe at this topics. I think there are no appropiate topics for me to post them. So i will continue keep my stories shut…

  18. hey - ghost! Says:

    What the?! omg, im chilling to the spine now! at this hour reading all those spooky + obnoxious + funny comments really thrilled me. idk, i mean, standing myself to believe such a legend (or it might be true) or it just a mumbo jumbo created by people obviously a stories came out from their fantasies. so, let say i just standing in between of those. but i believe in ‘their’ existence becoz i’ve seen once, i’ve heard once the sounds they made to scare the hell outta me(in my house).

    Nevertheless, it just doesn’t only happened in Karak’s anywhere could be the spot of fright. somehow it’s us who make it real. seriously, u dare to walking alone in a lonely and dark place (like u have a guts hanging around ur body), happen to be ignorance, foolishly acting on ur own, sorta Bonaparte-like huh? please, they are demons and have swore to God to derailed us from the right path and maybe threatened us.

    Let the scary thought out from ur brain and think it’s just nothing but yet to believe in ‘them’.pretend it is nothing, dont be too afraid and pray our safety to God.

  19. just a guy Says:

    i see this guys having fun at janda baik

    but seriously it still freaks me out.. bcoz many had share this stories.

    The thing is?? karak or plus highway?

  20. Ferr Remy Says:

    Seriously I heard the f***king creepy story to when I was a kid. Dont hv any idea wether its true or not that time, but it gave me goosebump whenever my parents and I using highway at night.

    But yeah, I heard the version that the woman heard a big bang sound on the rooftop of the car and then the policemen come and blah3 so on just like the other story.

    Actually I believed it’s not happened at Karak Highway, yeah the road is haunted, but I still believed it’s not happened in Karak Highway.

  21. fernandez Says:

    ferr remy: no,it was happened in karak highway!

  22. kriz Says:

    i have heard some said happened in north south highway,some said karak and genting.,which one??or does it happen at all of the highways??

  23. french fries Says:

    Every saturday night, 988 chinese radio station has a segment that allows us to call in and tell unexplained stories. I remember clearly there’s one lady who called in and gave similar story of how a woman had waited in the car for her husband to fetch some petrol. It’s dark and all followed by sound of thumping from the car roof. She was afraid to exit her car and check but passing cars would slow down and upon reaching her side, then accelerate. Some would honk and flash lights. So eventually police patrol car arrive and got her to exit her car and not turn back and look. The story end with the policeman trying to fire at the ‘thing’ that was biting on his husband’s head. The lady who called in also said 20 years ago, it’s published on the newspaper which she had kept till now. So the story just ends there unless the paper cutting has all the details. If this was a news, then it’s odd because just casually reading through above comments, not all Malaysians are aware of this news o.O

  24. Ghostbuster Says:

    i believe something did happen but after being told over and over by different generations, the story were spiced up and fictions were added. nevertheless Karak seems spooky when you drive at night. Even more scarier is the way bus driver behave on the road and they are actually the real evil.

  25. ajay Says:

    regarding the floating head story… its true. i have seen it with my cousin. it was floating along the side of road and passed our car. taught it was a plastic bag but it wasnt cuz it floated on a straight line. i did stop the car after a few hundred metres to check if it was windy.. but no wind at all.
    i didnt believe ghost in karak highway but now i do after that incident.

  26. sochai Says:

    what’s even more spooky is that a patrol car will simply popped out of nowhere, out came a uniform traffic officer with a saman book in his hand and ask for ‘ duit ‘ kopi to settle things there right and then. Headless ghost or HANTUS are not as frightening as these ‘ duit ‘ kopi vampires b’cos if you no duit you susah lah……

  27. shaza haze Says:

    Many mystery at highway karak.and i always seacrhing new story n info..iff anyone know something just leave a msg at my direct twitter..

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