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PETALING JAYA – Self-styled shaman Ibrahim Mat Zin has promised not to conduct his bizarre rituals anymore, saying that he has repented.

In apologising for his antics that many say mocks Islam, Ibrahim, who is in his 80s, claimed that he was instructed by “someone” to conduct the rituals, although he did not name the person.

“I slept at the Dang Wangi lock-up for two days and in Jinjang for three days. I have repented, I promise that I will stop all these rituals,” he said at a press conference organised by Federal Territory Islamic Reli­gious Department (Jawi) yesterday.

He also renounced his Raja Bo­­moh title.

“All of it was drama, the shaking of the bamboo sticks. I couldn’t see anything inside it. I was told to shake the sticks. I took the coconuts as if they were bombs. I didn’t know what I did was wrong,” he said.

Jawi director Hj Abd Aziz bin Jusoh said Ibrahim was found guilty by the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court yesterday for insulting Islam and causing people to have a negative perception of the religion.

Abd Aziz said Ibrahim was investigated for conducting a ritual in Jalan Pekeliling, Kuala Lumpur purpotedly to create rain during the El-Nino season in March last year.

Ibrahim pleaded guilty to the charges.

Abd Aziz said that in consideration of Ibrahim’s age and health, he was released on a good behaviour bond for six months and is to be monitored by the Federal Territory Mufti’s office.

Ibrahim first made headlines in March 2014, when he conducted two rituals at the Kuala Lumpur In­­ternational Airport in a supposed attempt to locate the missing Malay­­sia Airlines Flight MH370.

In March, he performed a ritual outside the National Institute of Forensic Medicine at Hospital Kuala Lumpur over the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He also performed a ritual using coconuts and sticks on a beach in Bagan Lalang, purportedly to “de­­fend” Malaysia from North Korea. – The Star Online

Raja Bomoh

ALOR GAJAH – The public has been reminded against making viral the video on the rites performed by an individual known as ‘Raja Bomoh’, purportedly to protect Malaysia from foreign attacks, particularly North Korea.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said that by spreading the video, those concerned would indirectly be promoting the ‘bomoh’ or shaman.

“That is exactly his (Raja Bomoh) motive, for the video to be viraled and he become more popular,” he told reporters after opening the joint-meeting of UMNO branches in the Alor Gajah division here last night.

Also present was Alor Gajah UMNO division leader Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafaar Atan.

A video recording and pictures of the shaman, whose name is Ibrahim Mat Zin, perfoming his latest ritual have become viral on the social media.

This time it was to protect Malaysia against any attacks, especially North Korea, following the murder of North Korean Kim Jong-nam at the KL International Airport 2 last Feb 13.

Three days ago, Perak deputy mufti Zamri Hashim said the Perak government had issued a fatwa condemning the rituals of the ‘Raja Bomoh’under Section 36 and Section 37 of the Islamic Administration Enactment (Perak) 2004 on on Aug 3, 2015.

The bomoh used various objects for ritual purposes, and his actions contradict the syariah laws and are considered forbidden. – BERNAMA