Personal memories can affect perceived Thailand's Tainted Robes | Misbehaving 2 days ago   06:32

How does diversity of views lend itself to heritage sites and how does that, in turn, impact national identity? To find out, researchers polled some 1,500 Singaporeans on how they felt about more than 50 heritage sites. Senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies Social Lab, Dr Natalie Pang, discussed more with CNA.

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Thailand's Tainted Robes | Misbehaving Personal memories can affect perceived 2 days ago   25:01

As scandals involving misbehaving monks rock the nation, 101 East examines if Thailand can save its moral soul.

Nehn Kham was once a hugely popular monk preaching in Thailand's poor northeast region. Today, he is an international fugitive with a $32m fortune that he amassed through fraud.

Buddhists around the world were shocked when footage emerged of the monk on a private plane, clutching a Louis Vuitton bag and fidgeting with high-end gadgets. His extravagance put him atop a long list of misbehaving monks making headlines in Thailand for fist fights, smuggling drugs, selling guns, hiding pornography and more.

In response, Thailand's military junta has set up a 24-hour hotline for the public to report rule-breaking monks. But the junta is also proposing new laws to criminalise breaking any Buddhist rule - a move some fear is an over-reaction that would threaten religious freedom.

101 East exclusively reveals where Thailand's infamous jet-setting monk has been hiding, and meets those on a mission to save the country's moral soul.

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