Saturday May 20, 2006
Dont go to bomohs, advises mufti
KUALA LUMPUR: Stop going to bomohs. That is the advice given by Selangor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahin.
He said he could not understand why many Malays still sought help from bomohs despite the media exposing the scandalous activities of some.
According to Islamic teaching, such reports should be taken as lessons and we should not blindly go to a bomoh recommended by people, he said on Wednesday.
He was asked to comment on The Star’s front-page report on Tuesday on bomohs and mediums tricking people into parting with their money or valuables. Some even ended up being raped.
Mohd Tamyes said the habit of visiting a bomoh for the smallest matter should be stopped because that was how their misery will begin.
He said bomohs should be avoided because they were just ordinary people who had acting talent to make their claims sound real.
If you think about it carefully, you can laugh at all the claims made by bomohs, such as them being able to make their keris fly and those sort of things, he added.
Asked if any action could be taken against bomohs, Mohd Tamyes said this could be quite a task.
Unless they have committed a crime, there is almost nothing we can do, he said.