Government pledges promotion of Buddhism

Lt. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd.
Lt. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd.

Bangkok – The government has made a pledge to promote Buddhism while warning groups with ill intentions to cease any activities to undermine people’s beliefs and faith.

Lt. Gen. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that there have been attempts to create misunderstanding in the country, led by certain groups of people who have tried to divert public attention to a Ramadan feast at Government House and the government’s allocation of special budget to construct new mosques nationwide.

Lt. Gen. Sunsern stated that such attempts have been made through claims that the government has been concealing these issues by the sharing of messages and photographs related to the recent arrests of senior Buddhist monks.

The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman stated that such news is groundless and brushed aside claims that the Prime Minister is Muslim while giving an assurance that Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, as the government leader, is responsible for the promotion of all religions in the country.

Lt. Gen. Sunsern said that the Ramadan feast at Government House has been an annual activity of all governments.

He went on to say that the budget allocation for religious support has been approved according to clear regulations, while the construction budget for many mosques has mostly been acquired through local donations.

The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman urged all ill-intentioned groups to stop any attempts to cause further confusion in the country while asking the public to receive news with a clear conscience.