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Coun­sel­ing ser­vices to be ex­panded na­tion­wide Malaysian So­cial Wel­fare Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk No­rani Mohd Hashim said that coun­sel­ing ser­vices would be pro­vided to fam­i­lies that had re­quested it via state de­part­ments. She said: “Not all the fam­i­lies are here, and if they need our coun­sel­ing ser­vices, they can in­form the state of­fices, and we will send the coun­selor to them.” Ear­lier, she vis­ited fam­ily mem­bers who were stay­ing at the Everly Pu­tra­jaya ho­tel in Kuala Lumpur and said that they were do­ing well and some had be­gun to ac­cept the worst pos­si­ble out­come. A Viet­namese satel­lite has not yet de­tected any un­usual im­ages in the south­west of Tho Chu is­land, where Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH370 is sus­pected to have gone miss­ing. Chu Xuan Huy from the Cen­ter for Con­trol and Ex­ploita­tion of small satel­lites un­der the Viet Nam Academy of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy fur­nished the in­for­ma­tion, af­ter an­a­lyz­ing 16 pho­to­graphs sent from the satel­lite. Air­port rit­u­als anger NGO The head of a Mus­lim NGO has crit­i­cized the rit­u­als of bo­moh Ibrahim Mat Zin at Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port, call­ing them acts against Is­lam. The rit­u­als of the bo­moh, or Malay shaman, are pur­port­edly to help find the miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines jet­liner. Per­tubuhan Il­muan Malaysia CEO Ah­mad Fazrin Ya­haya called the bo­moh an “at­ten­tion seeker” and said that his rit­u­als are not in ac­cor­dance with Is­lamic prin­ci­ples. “As a Mus­lim, I be­lieve in hon­est prayers as the way to ap­peal to Al­lah for in­ter­ven­tion,” he said. “These non­sen­si­cal rit­u­als em­bar­rass Malaysian Mus­lims and seem to make a mock­ery of proper Is­lamic teach­ings,” he told re­porters. WangJianandVa­lerieN­gin Bei­jing­con­tribut­ed­tothe re­port.

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