Malaysia is being mocked by China for using “witch doctors” to find the mysteriously vanished flight MH370. The Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department said they welcome any help in finding the flight as long as it doesn’t interfere with Islamic customs.
Ibrahim Mat Zin, a famous shaman, held a prayer at Kuala Lumpur’s airport on Monday and declared, “the plane is still in the air or has crashed into the sea.” He said he arrived at this conclusion using, “a fish trap hook and a bamboo binocular to search and ask for the victims to be found as soon as possible.”
The idea that someone in the Malaysian government invited him and his followers to perform the prayer is being ridiculed online by Chinese and Malaysians alike, reports the South China Morning Post. On Weibo, a Chinese site that’s across between Facebook and Twitter, a member claiming to be Malaysian wrote, “I feel so ashamed as a Malaysian for the first time, not because of any wrongdoing on Malaysia’s part but for having a brainless prime minister. Instead of hiring a witch doctor holding two coconuts to be ridiculed, would be better off to do something down-to-earth. …. Stop losing Malaysia’s face!”
Another user wrote, “China deployed 10 satellites, Malaysia deployed a few witch doctors…..is this action art?”
In 2012, over 200 Malaysians were defrauded by shamans to the tune of $3.8 million according to court cases.