Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha stressed the need for religious reform in Thailand so that all Thai Buddhists would be brought back to mainstream Buddhism and follow the teachings of the Lord Buddha.
He said that the monks themselves must put their own house in order in order to restore public trust and confidence and also to weed out bad monks from their ranks.
He said both the monks and the lay people must join hands in the reform effort and to cleanse the monastic order of bad elements.
To begin with, he said the monastic law had been amended, paving the way for the appointment of a new Supreme Patriarch.
The prime minister made the above remarks in wake of the raid of Wat Dhammakaya by police and officials of the Department of Special Investigation to look for Phra Dhammachayo, former abbot of the temple, wanted on various charges ranging from embezzlement, money laundering, forest encroachment and receiving stolen property.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)