Paranormal may have caused disappearance of Orang Asli kids, academic claims

File picture shows education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid looking at pictures of the seven students of Sekolah Kebangsaan Tohoi who went missing in Gua Musang. — Bernama pic
File picture shows education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid looking at pictures of the seven students of Sekolah Kebangsaan Tohoi who went missing in Gua Musang. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — The disappearance of seven Orang Asli children in the jungles of Gua Musang, Kelantan, may have had something to do with paranormal forces, according to a local academic.

Dr Mahyudin Ismail, who heads Universiti Malaysia Pahang’s Islamic Centre, was quoted by Malay daily Harian Metro as saying that it is not impossible that the incident was tied to the paranormal, djinns or demons.

He said such forces exist in areas that are far from human settlements, such as jungles, hills and the wilderness, but stressed that Prophet Muhammad SAW advised that prayer is the best way to seek answers.

“This is Allah’s test to man to see how far they have faith in Him. We can believe in the paranormal, but don’t bow to them and risk your faith,” Dr Mahyudin said.

Nine people including seven students of SK Tohoi have been missing for the past 10 days now in the jungles of Gua Musang.

The nine are reported to have vanished without a trace, leaving search and rescue teams without a lead to find the missing trekkers.

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