'Raja Bomoh Sedunia' released on bail

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN


KUALA LUMPUR: “Raja Bomoh Sedunia” Ibrahim Mat Zin was released on police bail today.


Federal police Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh confirmed his release.


"Yes, he was released on police bail today after police recorded his statement," he said when contacted.


Ibrahim was earlier arrested by police in Segamat, Johor, at 2.30am yesterday.


It was reported that Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki has said that police arrested Ibrahim because his actions have damaged the image of Islam.


The Malay shaman is infamous for his bizarre rituals, such as the theatrical display he performed at a beach in Selangor last month – complete with bamboo shoots and coconuts – to “protect” Malaysia against North Korean attack.


After observing his many antics, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha advised people not to pay attention to the shaman, because Ibrahim’s rituals contradict the teachings of Islam.