Blitz on monk graft hits right note

Blitz on monk graft hits right note

Senior monks and assistants are directed to court last week through a gauntlet of elite policemen who raided their temples. (Post Today photo)
Senior monks and assistants are directed to court last week through a gauntlet of elite policemen who raided their temples. (Post Today photo)

The arrest late last month of five former senior monks in Bangkok who were charged with temple fund embezzlement and money laundering has triggered strong public perceptions that the problem of corruption remains widespread in Thailand. To deal with it, all stakeholders need to work on addressing the issue.

I'm quite sure that many people who got up out of bed on the morning of May 25 and listened to the radio, watched television or checked their phones were stunned to hear that some 200 police commandos had made coordinated raids on Bangkok temples and arrested the five monks for alleged embezzlement. They might ask questions such as: What is happening with Thailand's clergy? And how do Buddhists feel towards the Thai Sangha?

Anucha Charoenpo is news editor, Bangkok Post.

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