Bukit Salbiah in Tanjung Bungah has a tragic love triangle backstory

In the 80s, the murder case had everybody talking—in the surrounding Tanjung Bungah area and across the country.

The name Bukit Salbiah can be traced back to the discovery of Salbiah Yeop Abdul Rahman's body in a ravine at Jalan Bukit Fettes.

Salbiah, a 27-year-old factory worker, was murdered by her lover, Inspector Saderi Abdul Samat. The motive was to hide Saderi's affair with Salbiah (who was pregnant) from his fiance, who was living in Malacca at that time. After a lengthy court trial, Saderi was sent to the gallows in 1984.

Inspektor Saderi Abdul Samat

Interestingly, the lawyers involved in this 1980's murder case were also the lawyers in the present-day former Prime Minister Najib Razak's trial.

Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was the deputy prosecutor for Salbiah's case. In the Salbiah's murder case, Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Muhammad Shafee Bin Muhamad Abdullah was the deputy public prosecutor, while Datuk V. Sithambaram was the defendant's lawyer.

Since the discovery of her body, Salbiah is said to be haunting the sharp corner of Jalan Bukit Fettes's winding road, earning the bent the moniker Corner Salbiah. According to fellow Penang Hidden Gemmer Magima Raj Pragasam, it is said that she appears to men in uniform who pass by the area.

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