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Malaysian University sells kit to combat evil spirits for $2,500

The kit contains a mix of everyday items, most of which anyone could picked up at a local grocery store. Items include chopsticks, salt, vinegar and lime. A few items might be a bit harder to procure, including formic acid and pepper spray.

Malaysia’s gross domestic income per capita weighs in at $10,803, so the price tag of nearly $2,500 represents a substantial portion of income.

The university in question is the Universiti Malaysia Pahang, and is located in the heavily Malay populated state of Pahang. As decreed by Malaysia’s constitution, all Malays are Muslim, and the kit is clearly targeted at Muslims.

Apparently, students have been reporting bouts of exaggerated and even uncontrollable emotions.

According to researchers at the University, the kit is the result of three years worth of study. Apparently, the Quran and Islamic hadiths state that spirits are unable to tolerate salty, sour, or spicy items.

To put the kit’s cost into perspective, the Universiti Malaysia Pahang charges only RM1,865 per semester, including all fees and a spot in the university’s hostel system, meaning the “anti-hysteria” kit will cost nearly as much as the total cost of a three year degree.

The kit was launched at the Education Ministry in Putrajaya this past Thursday.

Besides the basic ingredients, most of which have long been used to combat spirits and witchcraft in Malaysia, those who purchase the kit will also be given two training sessions on how to use the kit. The university will also provide two free refills, risk management services, online consultation and additional treatment for chronic cases.

University looks to combat “witchcraft”

The Universiti Malaysia Pahang is taking witchcraft and spirits seriously, having already set up a Committee for Advanced Studies in Witchcraft Law.

The university has also laid out a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which itself was a part of a two year study, to deal with paranormal activities. The two year study was supported by a RM189,000 grant from the Ministry of Education.

Witchcraft and black magic are often cited at Syariah (Sharia) Court hearings in Malaysia. Since there are no legal provisions governing black magic, claims are often dismissed.

Local Muslims must adhere to both national laws, and sharia laws, which are overseen by the country’s royal families, who hold the final say in most religious matters.

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