The highway was built in the 1970s; originally intended as an alternative route from Gombak to Bentong in Pahang; using the Federal route. The costs of the construction was rather high and tolls were then implemented to help to cover for the costs of the highway.
The Karak highway was notoriously known for its many haunting stories, told by the many eyewitnesses who drove on the highway. There were just so many stories which emerged; and so many had been heard.
The highway garnered much attention due to the high number of accidents which took place on the highway, thus giving way to the rumors about the origin of the highway location and also the road being haunted.
There were a few rumored sources as to the reason for the hauntings on the infamous expressway: 1. The grounds on which Karak highway was built upon was said to be the burial grounds for the aborigines (also known as Orang Asli in Malay) or the settlement of the aborigines.
2. The number of accidents happening here since its establishment
The notorious reputation for which Karak was known seemed to turn it into a fearful area for motorists especially during the night due to the many stories shared by motorists who have experienced some of the hauntings while travelling along the highway. The following are the few stories that I have gathered from some research and readings on this highway:
Story 1 (the most common/popular version of the haunting on Karak) (I am not sure about the validity of this story or whether it really took place on Karak) There was once a couple with a baby travelling on the highway at night. It was during the festive season, and they chose to travel during the ungodly hour to avoid massive traffic jams to reach home. Little did they know that...