PETALING JAYA: Religious authorities and the police are looking for Ibrahim Mat Zin (pic), better known as “Raja Bomoh Sedunia,” for allegedly tarnishing the image of Islam.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said in a tweet that the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) and the police have been looking for Ibrahim since March 13.
“Jawi and PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police) are working hard to track down the bomoh (shaman) since Monday to arrest and charge him for tarnishing the image of Islam,” he tweeted on Sunday.
The controversial shaman recently made headlines when he resurfaced to conduct his signature rituals to ostensibly “protect” Malaysia from North Korea, as diplomatic ties between the two countries soured with the murder on Kim Jong-nam.
Jong-nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13.
Ibrahim first came to fame when he conducted similar rituals after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in 2014.
On March 17, Federal Territories mufti Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri condemned the self-styled “Bomoh King of the World” for allegedly practising animistic rituals that are forbidden in Islam, saying he must be stopped.
Ibrahim was also lambasted by Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, while Perak deputy mufti Zamri Hashim announced that the state had issued a fatwa declaring Ibrahim’s ritual as forbidden.
In an interview with Singapore’s The Sunday Times, Ibrahim claimed that he has been protecting Malaysia from harm for seven decades.