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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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allan94
how many malaysians are needed to change a lightbulb?
None. They still cant find the lightbulb.
allan94
The key question in this mystery that everyone wants to know really is: Did anwar ibrahim sodomise the pilot before the flight?
whymak
This is the best one yet!
syracuse37
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.
ntmount
I'm surprised the SCMP would publish such nonsense. it seems more and more of it's articles are based on blogger's comments. What type of journalism is that? In HK we have all sorts of religions and belief systems and their associated rituals. Noone will walk around ridiculing them in the media.
Malaysia has it's own culture too. Unfortunately plane crashes are sometimes unexplained and wreckages go missing for days, months and years. Sad but true. The degree of bitterness and nonsense reported on in this tabloid is truly stunning.
jiawang@adb.org
Of course, Malaysia's officials would use a "witch doctor."
What do you expect from a country with political leaders obsessed with gay sex?
rawm
The Malaysian stupidity is beyond words.
Kubrick
Agreed. Just like the people who are attending temples in Beijing to pray that survivors will be found. It's all just hocus-pocus.
superron
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.
Kubrick
It's all witchcraft and shows a delusional state of mind. The trouble is people are so blinded by religion in whatever form it takes that they take comfort in this nonsense. Using a witch doctor is just an extreme example, praying to idols is lower down the scale of delusional behavior.

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