KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian shaman Raja Bomoh Sedunia has performed yet another ritual over the death of North Korean Kim Jong Nam, this time outside the National Institute of Forensic Medicine at Hospital Kuala Lumpur on Monday (March 13).
The mortuary at Hospital Kuala Lumpur is where the body of Kim, the North Korean leader's estranged half-brother, has been kept since he was poisoned at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13.
Ibrahim Mat Zin, who calls himself Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP with the title of Datuk Mahaguru, caused a media frenzy when he arrived outside the institute at about 6pm on Monday.
He then performed a ritual with a pair of sticks used as binoculars while reciting prayers before leaving about five minutes later.
On Sunday, a three-minute 18-second video of Ibrahim conducting a ritual on a beach, this time "to protect Malaysia from a North Korean nuclear attack," went viral.
The video features Ibrahim and three assistants ankle-deep in water with two coconuts, a pair of sticks used as binoculars, five bamboo cannons, a carpet and a bowl of seawater.
Ibrahim, in a business suit, recites prayers throughout the ritual and throws the coconuts into the water as it ends.
A cameraman can be seen in the background recording the entire session.
There is also a warning in the video, saying that viewers are forbidden to conduct the ritual at home.
"The ritual is to protect Malaysia from any threat or attack from other countries, especially North Korea," Ibrahim was quoted as saying in a Malay portal. He said the ritual was also to soften North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's heart so he will release the Malaysians stranded there and resolve the spat over Kim's assasination.
North Korea barred all Malaysians from leaving the hermit kingdom on March 7, after Malaysia expelled its ambassador Kang Chol. The expulsion came following a souring of diplomatic ties over the assassination of Kim Jong Nam.
Explaining that the bamboo cannon is symbolic, he said the ritual is not meant to provoke any party but is a cautionary measure to ensure that the conflict will be resolved soon.
Two Malaysians, who are employees of the UN World Food Programme, were allowed to leave the country on Thursday, leaving nine others still stranded there.
A controversial figure, Ibrahim first made headlines in March 2014 when he conducted two rituals at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to supposedly locate the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.