A Chinese Qigong ‘master’ has threatened a journalist and his family with death after an unflattering article about him appeared in the Beijing News.
In an interview with Wang Lin, the 61 year old self proclaimed master of Qigong – a deep-breathing martial art related to Falun Gong – claimed to have been offered 70 green cards by US intelligence authorities to emigrate there. Wang, who owns a five-storey villa, a Rolls Royce and three Hummers, also claimed to have cured Indonesia’s former president (and war criminal) Suharto of an unspecified disease.
However, the paper questioned his powers, suggesting he had mastered sleight of hand rather than the supernatural.
Mr Wang had been spotted buying snakes rather than summoning them with his spirit, it added, and accused him of building up his wealth through networking with influential people and illegal moneylending.
Wang, furious that someone had pointed out that he is a massive charlatan, reportedly telephoned the journalist who wrote the piece, telling him: “You will die miserably, and your family will follow”.
The unnamed journalist will have the last laugh however. The Beijing News reports that officials in Wang’s hometown of Luxi, Jiangxi province, are conducting an investigation into Wang’s ‘supernatural’ medical practice / scam. County health officials told reporters that Wang does not have a registered medical practice.
In a program broadcast on Sunday night, CCTV called Wang a “bragger and liar” who only wanted to “accumulate wealth”.
[Image: Wang’s mansion home in Luxi. Credit: QQ]