Live alone but find your money or valuables have a habit of disappearing? You just might be the victim of a toyol, another creature known to do the bidding of bomoh. Most of the time they're sent to steal things but on the rare occasion, have been used as tiny assassins.
The toyol's origins are rather squicky: apparently they're derived from the corpse of a stillborn fetus, reanimated by a bomoh. They tend to be small and hairless, looking like human babies but with the scary ability to walk.
One weird fetish toyols have is that they like sucking on blood from a sleeping person's big toe. So if you feel a prick in the night, it could be a toyol having a midnight snack. To keep the beasties away, have a mirror around or display needles. Both of those things are anathema to the little things.
Weirdly enough, toyols who have been abandoned by their bomoh masters are content to live harmless lives, merely observing humans. Though they might, on ocassion, take a drink or two.
When it comes to just plain weird, the pocong probably deserve that title. The pocong is apparently the reanimated corpse of a person buried in a traditional Muslim burial shroud, which is usually in the form of a sack tied at the ends.
As a pocong can't walk, it usually hops around but it has been known to fly. Apparently a pocong is the result of a soul being trapped when the ties on its shroud aren't released.
If you're brave enough, hugging a pocong can apparently bring you great wealth. After hugging it, you should then untie the pocong's ties to release its soul to the afterlife. If you can't bring yourself to go near it, either play dead or run away - the pocong is known to keep following a target until it gets what it wants: a final release.
The pocong made a starring appearance in the recent acclaimed film Munafik, considered one of the smarter horror films to be released in Malaysia.
No Malaysian hantu list would be complete without the pontianak: perhaps the hantu with the best box office draw, judging from how many films have been made about it.
A close cousin to the penanggalan, a pontianak is said to be the reanimated spirit of a woman who died in childbirth. Looks-wise, she is pretty much the stereotypical Asian ghost: pale, with long straggly hair and often clad in white.
If you're brave enough to get near a pontianak, apparently putting a nail in the back of its neck will change the pontianak back into a living, breathing human woman.
Pontianak were even the subject of a popular song, Dendang Pontianak, that was the theme of the classic 50's horror film, Pusaka Pontianak (Legacy of the Pontianak) but the most well-known pontianak film has to be Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam (Pontianak Scent of the Tuber Rose). Besides doing well at the box office, its lead actress Maya Karin even won Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Film Festival for her performance.