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Bomoh threatens to sue Malaysian minister and Islamic board for 'defamation'

Published on Mar 19, 2014 7:52 PM
 
Ibrahim Mat Zin (centre), a local well-known "bomoh" (the Malay term for a shaman), holds two coconuts as he performs a ritual to help finding the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 12, 2014. Ibrahim Mat Zin may file a defamation suit against Jakim Selangor, the Malaysian Islamic board, and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin if they fail to retract their statements against him. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Controversial bomoh (witch doctor) Ibrahim Mat Zin may file a defamation suit against Jakim Selangor, the Malaysian Islamic board, and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin if they fail to retract their statements against him.

"Rather than going to the public, Khairy should have come and discussed with me. I would have told him my side of the story and cleared my name again," said Mr Ibrahim.

"I'm here to help the country not tarnish the country's reputation.

"I've been doing this for many years, how can they say whatever I do is 'haram' (illegal)," he added.

Mr Ibrahim made international headlines over his bizarre rituals at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last week to help "locate" the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

His rites included the use of coconuts, bamboo binoculars, a cane, a bubu (fish trap) and a "magic carpet".

The bomoh said he is no longer able to go to the airport to perform his rituals due to Jakim's objection.

"To find the plane, I need to do seven rituals but I've only done it twice. I was told that the authorities are there to capture me.

"Because of that, I've to go to other places outside of Kuala Lumpur," adding that he is doing it out of concern for those who are missing and not for fame.

Mr Ibrahim maintains that he believes the passengers are still alive and are either in a supernatural world or have crash-landed in one of three islands. But he could not specify the three islands.

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