About this story
This story took place in a government building in 2005, and what baffled me was that the building was rather new. I heard about it from various sources – the new security guards, the cleaners and the building management people – and the story was rather consistent. However, because the security guards in the story have been transferred out to another site and the cleaner involved had resigned almost immediately (plus there was a change in the cleaning contractor), none of their newer colleagues knew exactly where this incident took place.
The security guard & the cleaner
Lim (not his real name) was one of the security guards on night duty when the building was newly opened in 2005, and his shift would start in the evening and end at about 8am the next morning. He was stationed at the command centre at the ground floor, which was next to the receptionist counter, and one of his duties involved scanning the security monitors for suspicious activities.
Lim was in the last hour of his shift and the cleaners would usually report for work at about 7am.
It occurred to Lim that he could perhaps alleviate his boredom track a random female cleaner as she made her way around the building as she did her job, and he picked the youngest lady in the group who was a quiet Malay girl.
From his command post, his gaze followed her as she came in from the entrance, walked past him into the lift, going into the storeroom to her equipment, etc etc. After a while, Lim lost track of the Malay cleaner as another colleague spoke to him for a short while.
As he resumed his voyeuristic pleasure a while later, he found her again in one of the security monitors. She was in a rather small room, vacuuming the carpets.
And then it happened.
An unseen force suddenly slammed the cleaner to the wall and seemed to pin her to it. Though the security system had no audio facility, Lim could literally ‘hear’ screams in his head.
Without thinking, Lim grabbed his walkie talkie and rushed to the room to rescue the cleaner.
By the time he got there, he found the cleaner slumped on the floor and in a shock.
“What happened?” he asked.
But the girl was too terrified to speak.
“Is it still around?”
She shook her head in terror.
Lim radioed his colleagues for help and 2 of them responded within minutes.
They helped the cleaner out and to the command post on the first floor. Lim walked over to the security monitors to playback the horrifying sequence he saw a moment ago.
But strangely, the entire segment had somehow been erased.
The Malay girl quit as a cleaner on the same day, and Lim stayed on for a few more months before his team got transferred out.
By the time I heard this story, it was about a year after the incident had taken place, and rumours began to spread as to the exact location of the incident. Some have said that it was one of the meeting rooms while others claim it was a filing room. But no one knew for sure which room it really was….