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YBAM Urges a Peaceful Resolution

Friday, 24 February 2017 11:37
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YBAM Urges a Peaceful Resolution  

The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) would like to express its deep concern over the recent investigation of the Dhammakaya Temple by the Thai Department of Special Investigation, and hopes that the Thai Government will handle the situation carefully based on the respect for religious freedom. 

The Prime Minister of Thailand has invoked powers available to him under Article 44 of the interim constitution to declare the temple and its surroundings to be under Government control temporarily. This led law enforcement officers to enter and search the temple on 16 February 2017. However, followers at the temple blocked the search, and called on the Government to lift the siege of the temple and suspend emergency law. A tense situation has arisen between the Government and followers of the temple.  

YBAM believes that the Thai government and devotees of Dhammakaya Temple should deal with the situation in a most amicable way in order to avoid the use of force that may lead to violence and injury. This is to avoid giving the public an impression of religious persecution by the Thai authorities.  

YBAM believes that the Thai government and the monks and civilians of Dhammakaya Temple will have the wisdom and compassion to ensure a peaceful resolution of the situation. We also hope that the situation will be resolved soon in order to avoid any negative publicity for Buddhism in Thailand, or Buddhism generally in the world.