No More Punk Monks: Ordained Thai Buddhists will be forced to carry smart ID cards
A monk in Chiang Mai gives the finger to a tourist after being refused a donation in a story that went viral in 2015.
In the wake of scandals involving drunk monks, fake monks and awful abbots, Thai monks will now be forced to carry chip-embedded smart ID cards.
Starting in October, ID cards will be issued within three months of ordination. It’s been proposed that the same federal system that issues Thai national ID cards, which feature embedded chips, be used to issue monk IDs as a way to standardize production and control costs, reported Bangkok Post.
Thai monks have long carried paper identification documents, but these are easy to falsify and difficult to verify.