Drama King No More Raja Bomoh

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Ibrahim Mat Zain, the self-proclaimed Shaman King, has confessed to conducting fake rituals. He claimed that he was ordered to put on the acts but he did not disclose the identity of who had told him to do so.

  • Bizarre rituals pure drama
  • Promise of end to antics
  • Guilty of insulting Islam and creating negative perception of the religion
  • Released on good behaviour bond for six months

Ibrahim was charged in the Syariah Court where he pleaded guilty to charges of insulting Islam and causing people to have a negative perception of the religion. He claimed that he was instructed by an unidentified “someone” to conduct the rituals.

“All of it was drama, the shaking of the bamboo sticks. I couldn’t see anything inside.

“I was told to shake the sticks. I took the coconuts as if they were bombs. I didn’t know what I did was wrong,” he said, adding that he conducted the rituals only because he loved the country, the people and his religion.

He told a press conference organised by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) on Tuesday that he was sorry for his past wrongdoings and he had repented for mocking Islam.

Ibrahim, 66, promised not to repeat his antics which had drawn international attention and often, ridicule. Much to the embarrassment of the country, his antics were often carried out during national crises under the glare of the international media.

Ibrahim first made the headlines in March 2014 when he conducted two rituals at KL International Airport, supposedly to “locate” the missing Flight MH370, after which he carried out a ceremony by the seaside near Malacca to “float” the aircraft.

In March 2016, he conducted a ritual in Jalan Pekeliling, Kuala Lumpur, to create rain during the El Nino season.

Last month, Ibrahim performed a ritual outside the National Institute of Forensic Medicine at Hospital Kuala Lumpur over the assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

He also performed a ritual, using his trademark coconuts and bamboo binoculars on a beach in Bagan Lalang, Negeri Sembilan, to “thwart” any efforts by North Korea to attack Malaysia with its missiles.

Ibrahim was charged in the Syariah Court where he pleaded guilty to charges of insulting Islam and causing people to have a negative perception of the religion. He claimed that he was instructed by an unidentified “someone” to conduct the rituals.

“When that person asked me to do it, I was the one who was at the receiving end.

“I slept at the Dang Wangi lock-up for two days and in Jinjang for three days. I have repented, I promise that I will stop all these rituals,” he said, also renouncing his ‘Raja Bomoh’ title.

Jawi director Abd Aziz Jusoh said that because of Ibrahim’s age and health, he had been released on a good behaviour bond for six months and will be monitored by the Federal Territory mufti’s office.