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“I am watching the news and I see more people are dead, so I… decided to scare people,” the 38-year-old told AFP.
And his creative method of ensuring people stick to the rules appears to be effective in a country where belief in the supernatural runs deep, particularly in rural areas.
Muhammad Abdillah said whenever the town’s youngsters see him on patrol, they “run like crazy back to their homes. Now before they go out, they have to check whether the ghost is around or not”.
When Urabil posted a photo of himself dressed as a ghost on social media, it quickly went viral and prompted a visit by the police to his house.
He said he was initially worried they were going to arrest him — but instead the officers thanked him for his efforts and had their photo taken with him.