‘Raja Bomoh’ wanted by Malaysian police, religious department

‘Raja Bomoh’ wanted by Malaysian police, religious department
Video still of Controversial shaman Ibrahim Mat Zin or ‘Raja Bomoh’ performing a ritual. Screenshot: Malay Mail Online
Published: 9:03 PM, March 18, 2017
Updated: 9:22 PM, March 18, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR — Controversial shaman Ibrahim Mat Zin or “Raja Bomoh” is being sought by police and religious authorities over antics deemed damaging to Islam, said Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

The deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said a warrant has been issued for Ibrahim’s arrest and he is also wanted by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi).

“Jawi and the police are in efforts of tracking the Bomoh since Monday to arrest and charge him for tarnishing the image of Islam,” Asyraf posted on Twitter on Saturday (March 18).

FT Mufti Zulkifli Mohamad yesterday urged Ibrahim to “repent”, after the latter again entered the spotlight for his antics purportedly to defend Malaysia against North Korea.

Ibrahim previously triggered controversy when he performed a ritual replete with coconuts and a “magic carpet” that he claimed would help locate the missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 in 2014.

Video of the act spread internationally and led to mockery of Malaysia.

In the latest incident, Ibrahim is shown in a video performing another such ritual outside the mortuary of Hospital Kuala Lumpur where the body of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is being kept.

The “Raja Bomoh”, or King of Shamans, claimed the ceremony was to “protect” the country against possible reprisals from North Korea that has accused Malaysia of conspiracy in the assassination of Jong-nam. MALAY MAIL ONLINE