It’s safe to say that most Malaysian and Indonesians have one thing in common – we’re hella scared of pocong! Something about the ghostly figures wrapped in white shrouds with pale faces and panda eyes, just hopping around and chasing victims gives us the heebie-jeebies…
According to The Star, a Kepuh village on Java island has got a cast of “ghosts” to patrol its streets, hoping that superstition will keep people indoors – similar to how Malaysia has our own guy who became a pocong recently.
“We wanted to be different and create a deterrent effect because pocong are spooky and scary,” said Anjar Pancaningtyas, head of a village youth group that coordinated and worked with the police on the unconventional initiative to promote social distancing as COVID-19 spread.
The supernatural strategy seems to be working, with villagers running off in fright when the ghosts come about. “Since the pocong appeared, parents and children have not left their homes, and people will not gather or stay on the streets after evening prayers,” said resident Karno Supadmo.
Speaking of pocong, remember last year when a local designer released a pocong-style hijab for Raya? Wait a moment…
In more serious news, there are now 4,241 cases of the coronavirus in Indonesia, and 373 deaths, with fears the numbers will rise significantly.
The best we could do right now is to stay at home, people! Jangan sampai a real hantu comes to scare you.
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