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Air purifier in Malaysia taxis

2 Jun 2008 | Malaysia |  24 comments

Are you a fellow Malaysian? Do you take public transport such as taxi? If you do, perhaps you might be interested in checking out what this article has to say.

Disclaimer Notice
Deimos did not author the following article that was forwarded to him via an email.

Air purifier in Malaysia taxis ( Must Read for your own safety!! )
No matter the taxi driver is Chinese, Malay or Indian, PLEASE BE AWARE!
If you notice that there is a sound of spray of perfume or air purifier inside the taxi, PLEASE GET DOWN from the TAXI IMMEDIATELY!!

It just happened to me just now. It was about 12.45 am . I got into a taxi driven by a Malay man. I was in the taxi for a few minutes, I suddenly heard of a sound of spray and there was a smell like air purifier. I felt weird as to why the driver put two types of air purifiers in his taxi.

The smell immediately reminded me about this forwarded email that I read. I started to be aware of my surroundings.

But the puff of the purifier kept appearing every few minutes. I was very worried and scared.

Gradually, I sensed that my body started to feel weaker and weaker. The purifier kept puffing from the back seat, just right behind me. As I really felt my whole body is weaken, I asked the driver to let me get down at the side road. But he kept trying to talk to me and ask me why not dropping me off at my destination. I think he was trying to drag the time. To my horror, I felt both of my hands and legs got numbed and no energy, almost could not move.

When I talked to the driver, I could not even speak properly, not to say to shout for help, ‘cos I was really too weak…

Immediately, at a traffic light I opened the door, jumped out and ran to a passer-by for help.

I really thank God for saving me. If not, I really can’t imagine what would have happened to me. I am traumatized by this incident.

This is TRUE case. Please do keep in mind! IT IS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY!
I feel the need to share with you guys, no matter you are men or women ‘cos it is NOT a LIE, not a made-up story. It really happened. Do let your friends, family members and relatives know about this case. I believe you are just like me, don’t wish anybody to be the victim of this case.

‘Please be aware when aboard to a taxi, especially the ladies.’

I received an email some months ago about a lady getting into a cab and felt uneasy and become faint when she smelt something like incense being burnt. She was smart enough to order the taxi to stop immediately and after throwing some money at the taxi man quickly get out of the taxi. She later got to know that if she had not stopped the taxi and gotten out, she would have fainted and raped by the taxi man (or a gang of rapists)!

After reading this, I thought maybe this was one of those emails that you would read and just forget about it, but I was wrong!

Few weeks ago, a visitor to our Chinese church who stayed in Puchong got into a taxi driven by an Indian man. When she sat into the taxi, there was a little burner and she could smell incense burning in the taxi. After awhile, she felt weak and unable to speak or shout. The Indian taxi man drove to a lonely road where there was hardly anyone and raped her. Before she was completely knocked out, she was told by the taxi guy that she was his number six victim.

She was not only raped but also robbed!

When she was conscious again, she quickly went to see a doctor. The sad thing is, the doctor knew she was raped but did not advise her what to do. The doctor just let her make the decision to make or not to make a police report. Since she does not know the rapist name and also the taxi number and in great fear after this trauma, she told the doctor that she would not dare to report to the police. The doctor said since she dare not make the report, he would just have to destroy the medical report!

Because the rapist took her whole bag with her IC in it, he got her address and even has the guts to come straight to her house and try to be funny with her.

Please remember not to get into a taxi that smells funny and if possible don’t get into a taxi alone, and if you have to do so, give a call or sms back to your friends or relatives and let them know the taxi registration number and if possible, the name of the taxi man.


Gals… please take note and…
Guys… please forward to your female friends…

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Deimos’s Thoughts
Though unable to find any urban legend reference to this article, Deimos still doubts the authenticity of this story. If the taxi drivers used special perfume, air purifier or burning incense etc, how come the taxi driver is not effected by the drug and got knocked out himself? He took some anti sleepiness pills hah?

Also, the examples in this article mentioned Malay and Indian taxi drivers, with the Malay one being a potential rapist while the Indian one is indeed a rapist. So how come no stories about Chinese taxi drivers being potential rapist or rapist? The author of this article did remember to mention Chinese in the first sentence of this story though.

Still, though the authenticity of this article remains to be doubted, there is no harm done taking extra precautions when boarding taxis, alone, as a lady.

Deimos Asks
Heard any horror rape stories about taxis in Malaysia before?


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  1. 2nd June 2008 
    9:53 am         

    said the following:

    I never believe Malaysian taxi driver. Never took taxi alone! I rather ask my friends to fetch me, or take bus!

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  3. 2nd June 2008 
    10:02 am         

    said the following:

    i’m not Malaysian you know ..
    but stuff like this happens all over the world not just in Malaysia .

    sick -idiotic- people are allover the planet and you can find most of them in public transportation

    but as a dude , i don’t actually think alot of that issue yet as for my female friends they all mature enough to know when something is wrong

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  5. 2nd June 2008 
    10:34 am         

    said the following:

    use number 11 bus(your legs) and gaodim πŸ˜€

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  7. 2nd June 2008 
    11:13 am         

    said the following:

    11 bus !! that is new never heard of it before πŸ™‚ LMAO

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  9. 2nd June 2008 
    12:19 pm         

    said the following:

    ameo, even though such things happen all over the world, but i believe countries like Singapore and Japan are much safer than Malaysia!

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  11. 2nd June 2008 
    1:53 pm         

    said the following:

    leave a tapak here=p πŸ˜›

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  13. 2nd June 2008 
    4:28 pm         

    said the following:

    Even though it is hard for me to believe this story, but I think it can happen. Better take extra care, for ladies especially (no one want to rape me la πŸ˜› ), than sorry πŸ˜‰

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  15. 2nd June 2008 
    4:28 pm         

    said the following:

    @ dicky : can’t tell actually ; never been to Malaysia
    but i think this problem can be solved be awareness and self education .

    plus some extra police forces 😑

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  17. 2nd June 2008 
    7:48 pm         

    said the following:

    So the government pay more money for their kopi-o? (black coffee)

    @dicky or find taxi where the driver is female πŸ˜€

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  19. 2nd June 2008 
    9:26 pm         

    said the following:

    Happy birthday Deimos! you’re 27 today

    If you wonder how come I know about it


    From lowyat… Unless you lied 😯

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  21. 3rd June 2008 
    2:16 pm         

    said the following:

    eek! belated happy birthday.

    i find the story .. kinda hard to believe also.
    it seemed too easy,
    or maybe because there are too many such stories in forward emails.

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  23. 3rd June 2008 
    2:50 pm         

    said the following:

    happy birthday DTA , you deserve a cake today πŸ™‚

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  25. 3rd June 2008 
    6:03 pm         

    Steve Yu
    said the following:

    O? Deimos’s birthday ya yesterday? Happy Belated Birthday to you, Deimos. O that’s why la you’re taking rest. About the story, don’t know should believe or not.

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  27. 4th June 2008 
    3:38 pm         

    said the following:

    happy belated birthday.
    Have read the above article quite sometime ago via a mail.
    Well, for me, no matter what or how…just take it a an advice, no harm rite?

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  29. 17th June 2008 
    5:08 pm         

    said the following:

    Some us university research show that air purifiers actually can harm your health.


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  31. 16th February 2009 
    2:28 pm         

    curious george
    said the following:

    so the air purifier sprays the perfume exactly on the passengers face? how come the air is not affecting the drivers? the drivers wear some kind of mask or already taken some antidote or malaysian taxi’s have any glass partition between passenger and driver seats?

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  33. 16th February 2009 
    3:08 pm         

    Deimos Tel`Arin
    said the following:

    Right on!

    Well, girls are always at a disadvantage regarding such matters.

    There is the possibility of being forcefully dragged into a van though.

    Bloody correct, mate.

    Spaming is not good practice.

    True, preventiion is better than cure.

    The police over here are gutless pussies!

    Cops over here in Malaysia likes coffee!
    Thanks for the birthday greeting!

    Thanks for the birthday greeting!
    I agree that the story is not very convincing.


    @Steve Yu:
    Thanks for the belated birthday greeting and feedback!

    Thanks for the greeting and feedback yo!

    Thanks for the feedback yo!

    @curious george:
    There are no glass partition in the taxis over here.
    Methinks this story is not true.

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  35. 11th May 2010 
    8:57 pm         

    Noah Martin
    said the following:

    The best air purifiers are the ones using hepa filters but they are quite expensive.*;”

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  37. 1st June 2010 
    4:28 pm         

    said the following:

    Thank’s again good plugins all. thanks for.,Abbott

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  39. 11th August 2010 
    1:50 pm         

    Claire Richardson
    said the following:

    we always use air purifiers at home since we live in a polluted place –

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  41. 22nd August 2010 
    4:22 pm         

    sharp air purifiers
    said the following:

    This is a very informative article

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  43. 30th September 2010 
    2:13 pm         

    Harrison Ward
    said the following:

    we always use air purifier at home because our baby is allergic””,

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  45. 7th November 2010 
    11:49 pm         

    Bar Fridge Β·
    said the following:

    we always use air purifier in the room of our babies, air purifier keep air pollutants out ~

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  47. 13th November 2010 
    1:42 am         

    Breakfast Nook Β·
    said the following:

    the best air purifiers are usually the ones using hepa filters but they are very very expensive ,*`