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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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jimmy.vick1
It is not often I agree with the Chinese government on anything, but I am behind them on this one. This is just a further demonstration that incompetent savages are in charge of a crisis... The alternative is that the Malaysian government is completely corrupt and does not want the plane found at all.
kamar.my.1
The Islamic Religious body in Malaysia (JAKIM) in 2004 had declared that Ibrahim Mat Zin, a famous bomoh (shaman) has deviated from Islamic teachings in performing his rituals. His practices show elements of 'shirk', sin of practicing idolatry or polytheism; superstition and deception. So, whoever invited him are ignorant blind followers of such uncivilized behaviours. They do not represent the true Islamic followers in Malaysia. However, they have done great harm and damaged reputations of millions of sincere Muslims in Malaysia. May Almighty Allah weaken the Satan that has been misleading him so that he can see the true path again.
josephjorah.noweb
We Malaysian continue to pray for the passengers, the crews on board the plane.
We also pray for their families and friends who are affected. We pray for our Malaysian
Government and all the countries for an offer of help. We hope that the missing plane
can be located as soon as possible
josephjorah.noweb
Bomoh ( Shaman )
Magic, spells, enchantments, charming, sorcery, wizardry, witchcraft.
Research has shown that occult magic is often fraudulent and deceitful illusion
counterfeit miracles. Occult magic or divination are a manifestation of demonic powers
or the result of demon possession(Acts 16:16). Of course, the power of Satan and his
demons is extremely limited compared to God’s power.
The Bible takes a clear position on this subject, strongly denouncing these practices.
Bomoh (shaman)
Regarding Raja Bomoh Ibrahim Mat Zain perform rituals
at KLIA aimed at solving the mystery
of Flight MH370′s disappearance.
The ritual aimed at weakening bad spirits so rescuers would find
the plane if it had crashed.Their props included a ‘magic carpet’, a ‘magic walking stick’,
coconuts and water from Mecca’s Well of Zam Zam. They also used bamboos as make
believe binoculars and a fish trap to determine the fate of the plane.
To my opinion this kind of ritual will only create confusion to the already confused Muslims in Malaysia, who often see the black magic as a ‘cure all’ for everything.
Searching the missing plane MH370 by using the most sophisticated Technology is the best solution. We really thanks those countries for an offer of help to look for the
missing Aircraft even though there is still no trace where the missing plane is.
Stephan
The Chinese are the most superstitious people I know.....so please do not criticise!
req
Hey, does someone have to pay for this?
lucifer
Like the Chinese are not one of the most superstitious people in the world......ridiculous.
eeustacio
what? Chinese people would rather have feng shui than a "witch doctor" ??
Is that it???
Don't be hypocrites, Chinese people use a lot of "spiritual services" in their daily lives.. from business to homes to lovelife... how dare you ridicule other people's beliefs and religion.
pmp200
To south china morning post , prepare your company to be sue if your reporter keep spreading lies as your article press to the world regarding mh370 updates ... Please be sure on the facts first it's Integriti of truth confirm with authorities first before publishing ... This Sharman is not an act of effort by Malaysian government in helping to find mh370 no one ask him to be there and doing this .. Authorities now is put around the clock in finding and catching this Sharman as this is not what Malaysian Islam nations ways in helping mh370 .., we Muslims never stop continuesly doing Hajat prayers on safety and finding this air craft .and the govt 24/7 is searching with others govt in finding this plane ... We Malaysian Muslim also condemned this Sharman act as khurafat wrongly preaching out of Islam it self ... So for south china morning post next time check with authorities before publishing something to the world ... Don't speculate and tell the truth .. Apreciate what Malaysian govt is giving facts that really true and confirm by authorities even though see as slow but consistant and scyconised with all authorities ... Please be sensitive of all passenger family fealling ... And work together not against in not giving up in finding as promise to all mh370 family ... Again I stress get the right facts ... There all 12 country involved in this finding all agreed upon the areas of finding .. There are working ... But what are we doing ..
renivyong
I don't know who is going to sue who, like the Chinese is really afraid to get sue, only in the Malaysian Kangaroo court & rubber stamp by the government. The Sharman act have done more good than all the Ministers clump together. He gave comic relief and best entertainment which of course reflect how the Malaysian government have been running all these years is a freaking joke & a circus. PMP200 stop threatening the mainland chinese they are not malaysian chinese to take that lightly & STFU!

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