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Malaysian consumer rights tribunal reveals strange complaints


Kuala Lumpur  –  Malaysia’s Consumer Claims Tribunal on Thursday revealed one of its strangest ever consumer complaints.

Samuel Brody, the Head of the tribunal’s Johor branch, told the Star Online of a 40-year-old Malaysian man who wanted a refund from a shaman who failed to chase away spirits he said were haunting his ailing father.

The shaman, locally known as bomoh, claimed that the man’s father was tormented by nine different spirits, the news website reported on Thursday.

In Malaysian tradition, the bomoh enters a state of altered consciousness to free spirits.

“The family gave out 180 dollars to the bomoh to get rid of the nine spirits,’’ Samuel said, adding that the health of the father, in his 70s, subsequently became worse and died a few months later.

The Star Online noted that the family went to the tribunal seeking a refund, but the tribunal struck out the case as it was out of its jurisdiction.

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