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Slippery encounter: Aslam pointing towards the water tank where he allegedly saw an “orang minyak”. He claims it then climbed onto the roof and vanished. Right: The oily stains allegedly left by the orang minyak in a resident’s house in Kampung Laksamana. — M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star

It’s true. There is such a legend as the “Oily man”. The Orang Minyak is Malaysia’s boogeyman. Covered in slick oil, the Orang Minyak is supposedly a person (is it only males?) who is practicing a dark art and requires them (amongst other things) to rape several virgins to complete the rite of passage.

We had something like that in the barrios in Mexico growing up. We called them rapists.

Full source: The Star

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.

WHILE most people would be in deep slumber at 2am, residents of Kampung Laksamana in Gombak were wide awake, roaming up and down Jalan Laksamana 1 in Gombak, Selangor.

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.

An outsider might think that a gang rumble was on the cards. But 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.

It’s definitely no laughing matter, stresses Aslam Khan, 33, one of the villagers “lucky” enough to have seen them.

As he describes them, one is tall, stocky and bald while the other is thin and curly haired.

“I saw the bald orang minyak hiding behind the water tank of a house at about two in the morning. It was breathing really loudly, like a cow.

Read the full article here: The Star

DoubtfulNews chimed in and had this to say:

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 hyteria [sic] 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.

I couldn’t agree more. If you dig deep enough through every supernatural folklore, you’ll eventually bump into a small grain of truth. It’s rumors and overactive imaginations that fuel these legends. What I don’t agree with is using hot soapy water on that monster. Sawdust. Sawdust soaks up oil pretty well.

  • Thanks for the link. I fixed the typo. *facepalm*

    I tried looking for similar man-like creature myths in India. In the far reaches of my mind, I thought I’d heard of others. But I could not find a source to include in the story. Other than Monkey Man, does anyone know of more?

  • Henry

    Cat litter works well also.
    Then he could be the Kitty Litter Man.

  • Jon

    It might be the ‘Greased Up Deaf Guy’ from Family Guy?

  • Ramon

    Is that Bruce Lee in a cameo appearance?

  • There are certain countries and cultures that have a collective mind set that will believe any BS if enough media time is devoted to it. This is a case in point IMO.

  • I have only read one post and I love your website. So many sites on this type of subject are just insane rambling.

    This particular story made me scour my bookmarks as I had read something very similar.

    Here it is:

    The mystery of Sri Lanka’s ‘grease devils’

    The media and the public were swift to dub the intruders “grease devils”. This is an old caricature referring to malevolent men who smear themselves in grease to avoid being caught.

    But this wave of violence has spawned a series of brutal retaliatory vigilante attacks. People have been killed, there have been arrests by the hundred and tanks have been deployed.

    This sounds almost the same. Could it be a similar group of people, or possibly like the yetti, bigfoot, Kapre, Sasquatch, alma, etc which seems to be very very similar sightings all over the world?

  • Dave,

    Welcome to GT!

    Strange. I wonder how many more countries have legends on the “grease devils”.
    Thanks for sharing.