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Maznah Ismail (1956 - 2 November 2001), better known as Mona Fandey, was a pop singer, witch doctor, and a murderess from Malaysia. She was executed on November 2, 2001 at the age of 45, after being convicted of the murder of a politician, Mazlan Idris, in 1993.

Music career

Mona's stint as a pop singer was short-lived. It was during this time she adopted the stage name "Mona Fandey" to boost her popularity. Her career did not really take off, but she still managed to come up with one self-sponsored album entitled Diana[1] and made a few television appearances. She was also a water ballet dancer during her youth.

The murder

After leaving the music business, she became involved in spiritual witchcraft activities and was known to be a bomoh, a local shaman. She began offering her services to clients, mostly from the upper-class society. She also claimed to have provided politician clients in the ruling UMNO party with a variety of charms and talismans.

It was reported that Mazlan Idris, a state assemblyman for the constituency of Batu Talam in the state of Pahang, wanted to boost his political career and sought the services of Mona to achieve this end. Mazlan was educated in the United States and was an ambitious politician from the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party. At that time, Mona worked with her husband Mohamad Nor Affandi Abdul Rahman, 44, and their assistant Juraimi Hassan, 31. Mona and her husband promised to help Mazlan by giving him a talisman consisting of a cane and sbatmi headgear which was supposedly owned by former Indonesian President Sukarno. Mona convinced Mazlan that he would be "invincible" if he held the talisman.[2] In return, Mona demanded 2.5 million Malaysian ringgit.[3] Mazlan paid the couple RM 500,000 as deposit, and gave them 10 land titles as surety for the remaining RM 2 million.[2]

An appointment was made for the necessary cleansing rituals to be performed at Mona's house. Mazlan was told to lie on the floor face up where Mona placed flowers on top of him. She then told Mazlan to close his eyes and wait for the money to "fall from the sky".[4] Juraimi then, using an axe, chopped Mazlan's head off. He was also dismembered and partially skinned. His body was found in eighteen parts buried deep in a storeroom near Mona's house in Pahang.[5]

Trial and execution

Mazlan was reported missing on July 2, 1993 after withdrawing RM 300,000 from a bank. After the murder, Mona was reported to have been on a shopping spree where she bought a Mercedes-Benz and had a facelift.[3] It was alleged that the murder occurred between 10:00 PM and 12 midnight on July 18, 1993. On July 22, 1993, police found Mazlan's body; Mona, her husband, and Juraimi were arrested and a highly publicized trial began. They were tried in Temerloh High Court by a 7-person jury (trial by jury was abolished from January 1, 1995). The High Court found all three of them guilty and sentenced them to death by hanging. Mona and the others filed appeals to the Federal Court and in 1999 the court dismissed their appeals and upheld the death sentence. Finally, the three convicts sought to obtain a pardon or clemency from the Pardons Board of Pahang, their final chance redemption. However, the board refused to give clemency. Mona, Affandy, and Juraimi were finally hanged on November 2, 2001 at Kajang Prison. A prison official said the trio expressed no remorse at the pre-dawn execution.[6]

Throughout the trial, Mona exhibited strange behaviour including appearing cheerful and was constantly smiling and posing especially for the press photographers. She would also dress extravagantly with bright and colorful designs on her dress.[3] She also remarked, "looks like I have many fans".[5] It was also reported that during her execution she uttered the words "aku takkan mati", meaning "I will never die", and was still calm and smiling.[4]


Mona Fandey became more popular than she had been when she was still a pop singer. There was wide local and even international media coverage and plenty of public interest. Anti-death penalty movements including Amnesty International voiced their opposition to the execution of the trio.[7] In 2002, Malaysian film director Amir Muhammad made a short film entitled Mona in his 6horts series. In 2006, a film by Dain Iskandar Said entitled Dukun was widely assumed to be based on Mona Fandey. This highly anticipated film has not been released as of August 2007 and will most likely not be released for public screenings due to concerns relating to the contents of the film, the relationship with Mona Fandey, and the implications for her family.[8]



  1. Filem Dukun, Filem Malaysia. Accessed August 14, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Black magic mayhem", The Star, July 25, 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Malaysian trio hanged for ritual murder", Kyodo News International, November 5, 2001. Accessed August 14, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mona Fandey. A modern witchcraft murder., Capital Punishment U.K. Accessed August 14, 2007.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Butchered like animals", New Straits Times, August 5, 2007.
  6. "Malaysia hangs three for witchcraft murder.", BBC News, November 2, 2001. Accessed June 12, 2008.
  7. "Malaysia: Imminent execution", Amnesty International. Accessed August 14, 2007.
  8. Koay, Allan, "Will Dukun ever charm viewers?", The Star, June 3, 2007.
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