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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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newgalileo
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?
burn.raj.9
Isn't that widely practiced by top administrators?
peterkee
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.
fink
Meanwhile, Chinese superstitions are causing the extinction of most of Africa's endangered animals. How amusing.
giggsy72
As a good friend of mine remarked....." I wonder how it would play if there were a headline 'UK ridicules over use of "Wind and Water Juju" in locating Bank's Headquarters in HK'?"
I think we'd hear a never ending torrent of abuse and 'hurt feelings' from the Chinese blogosphere. This is just China being racist and feeling superior,.......again.
People have differing belief systems which they turn to in an effort to explain things they cannot understand, or when needing some degree of solace. However ill-founded or ridiculous others may believe that to be, let's try to maintain some level of respect.
Yes, the Bomoh's comments are a bit silly, but that may just be down to education. Leave these people practice what they wish. Their intention is honourable and they are seeking/hoping for the same outcome as everyone else.
donniemcm
Well their beliefs and methods are their own business.
But "China deployed 10 satellites" and still found nothing, this is the most laughable fact.
CatherineOhlLaw
When people are at their wits'end, they find hope and relief where they can and that is often a matter of culture. it is sad that some find foreign culture-bashing a matter of routine. I say eat your apple and leave me to my pear. If in times of need you kindly extend a hand to help me, do so without filling it with all your jugments, it will impediment the very help you pretend to offer.
CatherineOhlLaw
When people are at their wits'end, they find hope and relief where they can and that is often a matter of culture. it is sad that some find foreign culture-bashing a matter of routine. I say eat your apple and leave me to my pear. If in times of need you kindly extend a hand to help me, do so without filling it with all your jugments, it will impediment the very help you pretend to offer.
allan94
How do u start a small business?
First you buy a large business.
Then you hire a Malaysian to run it.
Wait 2 weeks.
allan94
knock knock?
who's there?
MAS.
MAS who?
MAS confusion

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