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Video: Chinese ridicule Malaysia’s recruitment of ‘witch doctor’ to track missing plane

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 5:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 6:57pm

Chinese internet users have mocked reports that the Malaysian government invited a witch doctor to help look for the missing plane.

Malaysian media reported that Ibrahim Mat Zin, a famous bomoh (shaman) also known as the Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP, performed a prayer at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Monday to help locate flight MH370, allegedly at the invitation of one of the country's top leaders.

Watch: Malaysia hires ‘witch doctor’ to locate flight MH370, reports said

"I think the plane is still in the air or has crashed into the sea," he was quoted by Free Malaysia Today as saying.

Cynical weibo users ridiculed the conclusion. "Wow, that is exactly what I think too," one wrote, a sentiment shared by many.

One user who claimed to be Malaysian wrote: "I feel so ashamed as a Malaysian for the first time, not because of any wrongdoing on Malaysia's part but for having a brainless prime minister." The message concluded: "Stop losing Malaysia's face!"

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Many expressed astonishment that spiritual methods were being considered in the hunt for the plane as the operation entered its fifth day.

"China deployed 10 satellites, Malaysia deployed a few witch doctors," another weibo user pointed out.

Jamil Khir from the Malaysian Prime Minister's Department had earlier said the government welcomed any help in tracing flight MH370, including from bomohs, as long as their methods did not contravene the practices of Islam, Free Malaysia Today reported.

Muslims make up more than half of Malaysia's population of 22.7 million people. Bomohs are respected for their spiritual power by many in the country.

The Raja Bomoh, who has been practising for 50 years, rose to fame after offering his services in the search for victims in several major disasters in Malaysia, according to the newspaper.

These include the 1994 Highland Tower tragedy, in which a housing complex collapsed and killed at least 48 people, and the flooding in the Kuala Dipang region in 2012.

The Rajah Bomoh said he employed bamboo binoculars as one of his spiritual tools. He added that he would go back to the airport to perform another prayer in two days.

It is not unusual in parts of Malaysia for politicians to turn to shamans.

More than 200 people in the country were defrauded of a total of more than 23 million yuan (HK$30 million) in 2012 in cases involving bomohs.


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Meanwhile, Chinese superstitions are causing the extinction of most of Africa's endangered animals. How amusing.
Well their beliefs and methods are their own business.
But "China deployed 10 satellites" and still found nothing, this is the most laughable fact.
The Malaysian stupidity is beyond words.
Marcus T Anthony
Looks like my observation isn't very popular. Sorry if it caused offence. But I am just reporting what I observe. I live with three mainland Chinese people, and every day I hear comments about Indians, Russians, Japanese, Malaysians, Vietnamese, Thais, Philippinos etc, and all of the comments invoke negative stereotypes. And all you have to do is look through comments here to see more. I doubt Malaysians are all stupid and obsessed with gay sex as some other posters have stated (no dislikes for those comments, interestingly enough - perhaps there's some truth to what I'm saying) Maybe it's time to think about this issue and find ways to address it rather than pretend it's not happening. After all, with situations like the one with the missing plane, Asian countries have to work together, not ridicule and shame each other. That's the main point I am making.
I think there is a difference. Praying at a temple is more of a sign of support and sympathy not an active tool to be used to help resolve something. By actually framing a witchdoctor as an active tool to be used in a search & rescue operation is akin to using prayer in a surgical operation.
Agreed. However silly, supertitious, illogical and uneducate the practice of bring in witch doctor to locate the missing plane is, to have the Chinese ridicule the Malaysian for resorting to a Bomoh is little 'like the pot calling the kettle black'. The Chinese are by far the most supertitious people in the world with their fung shui, fortune telling and prayers of fame & fortune.
On another note, I can just see if they fine the plane in the next few days, people giving the Bomah the credit, rather than the fact there are +40 ships, 39 planes and multiple satellites scouring the South China Seas. People sometime are so gulible, especially those who are uneducated and have no sense of logic.
Regardless, I do hope they find the plane soon, the wait for family and friend must be excruciating.
Oh Come on, what are those comments. Lets be honest in the US they have used psychic to find missing kids because they were out of options, that those make them backward or without resources. At this point all the satellite and planes and boats can't find anything and nobody has any explanation about what could have happened, so witch doctors why not, its no like Malaysia said there stopping researches and focusing on witch doctor, they just added those to the research.
Chinese can make fun of the "witch doctor". What's the difference with going to burn incense at the Lama Temple, going to church, or consulting a feng shui guy? Not that I agree with the witch doctor but before people ridicule others, they better look in the mirror, especially the Chinese who are overly superstitious and find that all normal, oh yeah, 3,000 years of traditions. Instead of complaining, what was China doing with its "advanced satellites"? Which country is the first to cover up anything going wrong?
Marcus T Anthony
I don't think it is any secret what the Chinese think about their neighbours. I don't think I have ever heard a positive comment about any of them from a Chinese person.
Now that China has joined in the confusion by releasing satellite photos before they were sure of their relevance, perhaps the arrogant Beijing Government will be slower to criticise the Malaysian authorities.
The most likely scenario is that the plane crashed in the Gulf of Thailand but has not yet been located. All other speculation is the product of social media idiots.



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