KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — Controversial shaman Datuk Ibrahim Mat Zin or “Raja Bomoh” is being sought by police and religious authorities over antics deemed damaging to Islam, said Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
The deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said a warrant has been issued for Ibrahim’s arrest and he is also wanted by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI).
“JAWI and the police are in efforts of tracking the Bomoh since Monday to arrest and charge him for tarnishing the image of Islam,” Asyraf posted on Twitter today.
FT Mufti Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad yesterday urged Ibrahim to “repent”, after the latter again entered the spotlight for his antics purportedly to defend Malaysia against North Korea.
Ibrahim previously triggered controversy when he performed a ritual replete with coconuts and a “magic carpet” that he claimed would help locate the missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 in 2014.
Videos of the act spread internationally and led to mockery of Malaysia.
In the latest incident, Ibrahim is shown in a video performing another such ritual outside the mortuary of Hospital Kuala Lumpur where the body of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is being kept.
The “Raja Bomoh”, or King of Shamans, claimed the ceremony was to “protect” the country against possible reprisals from North Korea that has accused Malaysia of conspiracy in the assassination of Jong-nam.