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Friday, 14 March 2014

Antics of bomoh at KLIA lead to spoofs over social media

The picture that was uploaded on Twitter showing the nurses spoofing the bomoh.

The picture that was uploaded on Twitter showing the nurses spoofing the bomoh.

PETALING JAYA: As the world closely follows the intensive efforts to locate MH370, a certain “magic carpet” took off on social media, even “landing” in the White House.

A day after reports of bomoh Ibrahim Mat Zin’s second bid to find the missing aircraft, social media exploded yesterday with various spoofs of him and his team’s antics. The group first performed their ritual at KL International Airport in Sepang on Monday.

Some cheeky netizens had fun super-imposing shots of Ibrahim’s three assistants sitting on the so-called magic carpet onto published photos of US President Barack Obama.

One showed Obama smiling in front of a TV screen that had an image of the group on the carpet and holding coconuts. Another had Obama looking down at the three men in songkok and suits in his office with the said carpet and coconuts.

The latter came with the words: “Dah sampai Whitehouse???” (Have we reached the White House?)

There were also manipulated images of the bomoh that made it seem as though they were in the sky “in search of” the flight.

Funny take: A combo picture showing how people made fun of bomoh Ibrahim Mat Zin online.

Those were some of the pictures posted on various blogs, with most denouncing the bomoh’s antics as a joke and embarrassment in this time of distress.

Three Kuala Lumpur Hospital nurses, too, couldn’t resist parodying the bomoh’s effort. In their spoof, the women recreated the magic carpet scene, clad in their uniform and holding medical equipment.

The photo went viral on Facebook and Twitter, with even Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng retweeting it.

User @t0k_anjang also uploaded the photo on Twitter on Wednesday, and since then it has been favourited 27 times and retweeted 70 times.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, when asked if disciplinary action would be taken against the hospital staff, said he “would do the necessary”.

Tags / Keywords: Transport Safety , Missing Malaysia Airlines , Missing flight , MAS , MH370 , Beijing , KL , 48 hours


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