Monks asked not to protest against Monastic Act changes

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Omsin Chivapruek appealed to all parties concerned to listen to clarifications before voicing their objection or protesting against the attempt by a group of members of the National Legislative Assembly to amend Section 7 of the B.E. 2005 Monastic Act.

The minister made the appeal after the National Buddhism Protection Centre warned that many monks might stage a protest against the lawmakers’ attempt to amend the Monastic Act to exclude the Sangha Supreme Council from having a say in the nomination of the supreme patriarch.

Minister Omsin said on Wednesday that the proposed amendment was intended to transfer the power to appoint the new supreme patriarch from the Supreme Sangha Council to His Majesty the King.

He said he was not aware of the problem of the National Buddhism Protection Centre and hoped to have a meeting with them after New Year’s Day.

Secretary-general of the National Buddhism Protection Centre Phra Methithammajarn, meanwhile, said the amendment of the Monastic Act to exclude the Sangha Supreme Council from having any role in the nomination of the supreme patriarch amounted to an interference in the monastic affairs without any respect for the council.