Missing MH370: Bomohs who conduct rituals will be arrested

Missing MH370: Bomohs who conduct rituals will be arrested

The Selangor Islamic Religious Department said it will arrest those who carry out rituals that contravene the teachings of Islam should they refuse to leave the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Sepang district enforcement chief of the department Zaifullah Jaafar Shidek said the monitoring was done due to several individuals performing rituals, "praying" for the safe return of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, which went missing last Saturday.

The search for the plane is still on.

Mr Zaifullah told The Star on Thursday: "Anything that is against syariah principles and fatwa will be asked to disperse, and if they refuse, we will arrest them."

He added that seven officers from the department were sent to monitor the airport.

"This is to avoid people from becoming syirik (deviant)," the enforcement chief was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim demanded the government disclose who gave permission for a bomoh to conduct rituals inside the international airport.

'WHO GAVE PERMISSION?'

"This is KLIA. Who gave permission? Is it MAS, is it Department of Civil Aviation?" he asked in parliament on Thursday, liberal news portal Malaysiakini reported.

He said the presence of the bomoh had made Malaysia a laughing stock among the international community.

He went on to call the bomoh "Bomoh 1Malaysia", referring to the 1Malaysia pin the bomoh was wearing.

"He even had a 1Malaysia tag on him. This is bomoh 1Malaysia," he said, to the laughter of the House.

In a press conference at the Parliament lobby later on, Mr Anwar said the use of the bomoh was an affront to Islam and he urged Islamic authorities to investigate the matter swiftly.

He did not mince his words in claiming that Malaysia has never embarrassed itself to this extent in the international stage in its history.

He said: "Our biggest problem is in handling a crisis. There should be a central command."


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