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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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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!
jaswinderpalsngh@yahoo.com
"Two suspects of Kevin Lau's case were taken to North Point Police station in the early hours this morning. Photo: Edward Wong" why is this describing the top picture of the witches? SCMP and it's editors "sigh" never cease to amaze!
tomonday
those idiots shaman are recruited by najib himself, they are his personal shamans, how do you think he got the top job? by being smart? you malaysians are really a bunch of laughing stock
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!
allan94
it is difficult to not slime malays when their constitution is so apartheid against non-bumis.
The malays also tend to shoot themselves in the foot all the time. thats why everyone in the region just see malaysia as a basket case.

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