immediate move to stop the ridicule, Putrajaya today denied it had sanctioned a bomoh (Malay for shaman) to help find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (pic) denied the opposition leader’s claim it had hired the bomoh.
"No, this is not a directive from the government. It is not likely that we would have sanctioned any move which was against Islamic practices,” he said in the lobby.
Earlier opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had raised a heckle in the chamber when he had demanded to know who in Putrajaya had sanctioned the bomoh to conduct rituals inside KLIA to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
He said the presence of the bomoh (Malay for Shaman) had made Malaysia a laughing stock among the international community.
"This is KLIA. Who gave permission? Is it MAS, is it Department of Civil Aviation? Even Barack Obama (US president) must have been amazed with our stupidity," he said debating the Royal Address today.
Anwar said the bomoh appeared to be endorsed by the establishment or had links with the establishment as he was wearing a “1Malaysia" pin.
"He even had a 1Malaysia tag on him. This is bomoh 1Malaysia," he said
Earlier today the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) said that it will stop anyone from carrying out rituals that contravened the teachings of Islam at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Its Sepang district enforcement chief Zaifullah Jaafar Shidek said it had stationed seven officers at the airport to stop individuals or bomoh (Malay for shaman) performing rituals, "praying" for the safe return of the missing MH370.
"Anyone going against shariah principles and fatwa will be asked to disperse and if they refuse, we will arrest them," The Star Online reported him as saying today.
The decision appears to have been prompted by a bomoh who had carried out “rituals” at KLIA on Monday and had predicted about the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. He returned to the airport yesterday.
Ibrahim Mat Zin, who is known as Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP, with the title of Datuk Mahaguru, was assisted by several assistants.
He said he was carrying out these rituals on his own, despite earlier reports quoting him as saying that he had been invited by high ranking government officials. – March 13, 2014.