No! I did not expect this at first but on second thought and remembering that the natives before they converted to Christianity were animists. In fact, they still practice animism in spite of being Christians. That I am told is prevalent and still in practice.
This I received during dinner last night after the Press Conference to introduce the 4 DAP candidates for Sibu, this SMS, a plaintive plea, tinged with some element of desperation! I produce it here verbatim:
The following are circulating amongst praying Christians, the truth of
which only those of you on the ground can verify. Whatever the case
may be, it does show us that many earnest people are praying for
your safety and security.
Below is a plea for help from a FOS (Friends of Sarawak) friend in Sarawak.
He is moving around the longhouses and will not have access to the
Net. Please inform prayer groups, including NECF, MPN and any others that
you know of. A demonic ceremony is to take place 5April, Tuesday night,
8pm-12am at Betong. Below the urgent message to all of us.
BN CALLING UP DEMONS AND EVIL SPIRITS WITH BLOOD SACRIFICES
I don't have internet access, pleases put up all these prayers points at
all network prayer...pls.
I am in Betong Areas - N30, N31,N32 - Saribas, Layar, and Bukit Saban.
The BN (ALFRED JABU -DCM and teams are preparing the offerings and
sacrifices to the gods on 5th April at 8pm sharp at Dewan Rentap-
Betong (a Civic center).
There will be many.......and they are cursing & putting spells to all
the opposition candidates, and those voters who votes for the
opposition. There will be slaughtering of chickens & piglets - for the
blood as offerings to the many gods....
candidates will be coming for this offering/sacrifices event by
helicopters tomorrow. The ceremony will start at 8pm Tuesday evening
Doom and Hell fires will be called out from everywhere, using all all
the evil spirits to cast spells and curses to those against them.
These will have a bad impact, spiritual and physical on the IBAN
Natives for another few generation if we as soldiers of CHRIST don't
stand as the shields against these dark forces!
I predict there will be some supernatural manifestations tomorrow in
the surrounding areas.
I arrived in this area this noon, and moving around etc. The christians
and people don't like BN, but fears only uncertainties!!! They fear they
will be victimized if BN knew the longhouses are voting for opposition.
I have to rush now.....and no internet access. Lines now are bad. Please
inform all prayer network and friends...urgent.
Update -The BN candidates N32 Bukit Saban Robert Lawson Chuat aka
Vincent will not be joining this cursing/offering ceremony as
......this is wrong and un-christian, and I dont know whether the DCM
Alfred Jabu will get angry with his nephew Robert lawson Chuat..?.
Malaysiakini reported this:
A minor fracas breaks out when Independent candidate Salleh Jafaruddin raises his voice at a blonde wearing heavy make-up.
It was reported that Stella Kharleen Tashman ( below) is a bomoh linked to Taib.
"You want to put a spell on me, you want to put a spell on Malaysia," says Salleh, raising his voice.
However, she just laughed and walked away, while Salleh had to be restrained by his supporters.