Residents of Taman Helang Jaya, Nibong Tebal, have been living in fear over the appearance of a "mysterious spirit" in the area for the past month, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Residents claim they have heard of the sighting of a headless body dressed in white, usually appearing around midnight and making noises like a crying baby.

There were occasions when iron gates of the houses were shaken during the night. One resident said he heard this mysterious spirit had knocked on doors and bitten the hands of the house owners.

There has also been an increase in the number of soothsayers in the area hoping to appease the spirit.