Smoking is considered a potentially fatal habit, but what about not smoking? Could that be lethal as well?

Well, that was the result for a Malaysian couple that were beaten to death by four close family members in a ritual apparently intended to help one of them stop smoking.

Ku Chin Wah, the head of the police crime investigation department in the Malaysian capital said:

“Their heads were smashed on a table, and the couple was beaten with broomsticks and motorbike helmets at the house of a family member in Kuala Lumpur.”

The couple’s 14-year-old daughter was also injured and taken to hospital. One of the couple’s sons and three other relatives remain in custody, and according to police, four others have been released.

Mohamed Ibrahim Kader Mydin, 47, and his wife, Rosina Mydin Pillay, 41, never expected the reception they got when they arrived at a family member’s home for a visit. They were there to honor the celebrations marking the end of fasting during the Muslim month of Ramadan but were given the death penalty instead.

Mohamed Ibrahim was trying to give up cigarettes and his wife had a liver ailment. They trusted the relative who suggested that the couple undergo a ritual, which involved all family members joining forces to beat up the couple to rid them of their ailments.

Considering that the couple is now dead, it looks like the family plan to stop smoking and get rid of liver ailments really did work, didn’t it?




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.