06 Mar '11, 8am

The public have been advised against drinking the 'holy water' showering down from two trees in Malaysia.

The public have been advised against drinking the 'holy water' showering down from two trees in Malaysia.

Ms Norhayati Abdul Karim holding a cup filled with water from the petai near her home in Kepala Batas, Penang, Malaysia. The tree is alleged to "cry", showering rain-like water droplets on passers-by. Many villagers have flocked to the tree out of curiousity. -- PHOTO: HARIAN METRO KEPALA BATAS (Malaysia) - THE public have been advised against drinking the 'holy water' showering down from a tree in Pinang Tunggal and another in Sungai Petani, Kedah. Consumers Association of Penang rural education officer N.V. Subbarow said it was foolish for anyone to wipe their bodies and faces with the water or to drink it. 'People are merely exposing themselves to unknown risks as the authorities have yet to run tests on the water. They should be reminded that many diseases are spread by animals and insects, including leptospirosis which is spread through water,' he said on Saturday. Th...

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