Au­thor­i­ties to sum­mon shaman

New Straits Times - - News -

MALACCA: The au­thor­i­ties will call up con­tro­ver­sial shaman Ibrahim Mat Zin, bet­ter known as “Raja Bo­moh Se­dunia” (king shaman of the world), over what ap­pears to be a de­viant reli­gious “rit­ual”.

Ibrahim came into the spot­light re­cently with a video of him and his fol­low­ers per­form­ing a rit­ual on a beach to “pro­tect” the coun­try from for­eign threats, par­tic­u­larly North Korea.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yes­ter­day said sev­eral re­ports had been lodged on his an­tics, which he de­scribed as em­bar­rass­ing, and that in­ves­ti­ga­tions would be car­ried out.

“What he did was a de­viant act. Th­ese acts are an em­bar­rass­ment to the peo­ple and I hope he will stop do­ing th­ese acts,” he said at the “Kem­bara Sang Saka Biru” pro­gramme in con­junc­tion with the 210th Po­lice Day in Jalan Merdeka in Ban­dar Hilir here.

The Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Is­lamic Reli­gious Depart­ment is also look­ing for Ibrahim for tar­nish­ing the im­age of Is­lam, ac­cord­ing to Deputy Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Dr Asyraf Wa­jdi Dusuki.

Asyraf urged the pub­lic not to share the video, as they would be indi­rectly pro­mot­ing Ibrahim.

The video, which has gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, fea­tured the self­pro­claimed “Datuk Ma­h­aguru” (grand­mas­ter) and three as­sis­tants wad­ing in an­kle-deep wa­ter, hold­ing two co­conuts, a pair of sticks used as “binoc­u­lars”, five bam­boo “can­nons”, a car­pet and a bowl of sea­wa­ter.

Ibrahim, clad in a suit, re­cited prayers dur­ing the rit­ual and threw the co­conuts into the wa­ter.

He re­port­edly said the rit­ual was to pro­tect Malaysia from any threat or at­tack from coun­tries, es­pe­cially North Korea.

Ibrahim gained no­to­ri­ety after he per­formed a rit­ual at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Airport to help lo­cate the miss­ing Malaysia Air­lines MH370 plane in 2014.

PIC BY YAZIT RAZALI

Ibrahim Mat Zin per­form­ing a con­tro­ver­sial rit­ual at the Hospi­tal Kuala Lumpur mor­tu­ary re­cently.

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