Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane gets a helping hand from bomoh

A bomoh, or a Malay shaman, has conducted two rituals to help locate the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared six days ago.

During the first session at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, bomoh Ibrahim Mat Zin used a pair of binoculars made of bamboo and a fish-trap hook.In another session yesterday, Mr Ibrahim, accompanied by a few assistants, used holy water, two coconuts, a "magical" walking stick and a carpet to conduct a ritual. The 25-second video clip of the bomoh's second session has since gone viral.

Mr Ibrahim has 50 years of experience as a bomoh. He apparently gained popularity after he offered his "search" service in several major cases, including the Highland Towers disaster and Mona Fendy case.

According to The Star, Malaysia's department of Islamic development Jakim has issued a statement that the bomoh’s actions contradict Islamic practices.