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Shamans given green light to search for missing plane

The government welcomes any help to trace missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 including from "bomohs" (shamans) so long as their methods do not contravene Islam, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

"We appreciate all help ... but where it comes to mysticism, the methods used must conform to Islamic teachings," he told reporters after attending the 35th National-level Quran Recital Program here on Monday.

The program was opened by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Jamil Khir was commenting on the case of Ibrahim Mat Zin, a well known local bomoh, who came to the KL International Airport on Monday, claiming to be invited by one of the country's top leaders, to help locate the missing plane using spiritual methods.

Ibrahim after performing a prayer at KLIA's entrance said he thought the plane was still in the air or had crashed into the sea.

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