A Dif­fer­ent Life

CLEO (Malaysia) - - COVER STORY -

Some­times if you’re un­lucky enough, you end up hav­ing to deal with lies on a daily ba­sis just like Nadila. “I used to have this col­league who lied about ev­ery­thing un­der the sun. She told ev­ery­one at work that her fa­ther was a high-rank­ing per­son­nel in a big ho­tel group in In­done­sia when in re­al­ity he was a taxi driver,” she tells CLEO. “She in­tro­duced her­self as Ka­t­rina Joel* when her real name was Sarimah Jo­hari*. She even up­loaded pic­tures of people on Face­book who ab­so­lutely did not look like her and claimed it to be her. One of the pic­tures she posted was of a girl with an­gel wings tat­tooed on her back and said her fa­ther had given her money to re­move the tat­too but she had spent it all. One day, as she was chang­ing her clothes in the ladies room, my col­leagues and I re­alised her back was tat­too­less. When we pointed it out, she said she had got­ten it re­moved but there wasn’t a sin­gle mark or scar left be­hind. The cherry on the cake,” said Nadila “was when Sarimah came in to work one day and said her par­ents were get­ting a di­vorce. Her mum was al­legedly pres­sur­ing her to prac­tice a dif­fer­ent re­li­gion when she pre­ferred to fol­low her fa­ther’s re­li­gion. We even­tu­ally found out that all this was to­tally made up but what made it ex­tremely crazy was the fact that she was sob­bing her eye­balls out through­out the en­tire time she was telling us the story!”

Ex­pert Take

“Sarimah’s and Cas­san­dra’s lies are sim­i­lar in na­ture. Sarimah cre­ated an imag­i­nary life per­haps be­cause she thinks her own life is bor­ing and told these sto­ries want­ing them to be true,” Dr Je­gath­e­san spec­u­lates. “No one got hurt ex­cept for her­self be­cause she made a fool out of her­self at the end of the day. She pre­tended to be rich and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if she had even treated them, but in no way did she use Nadila. Es­sen­tially, Sarimah is the un­happy, lonely liar who lacks con­fi­dence and be­lief in her­self.”

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