Myanmar’s intolerant Buddhist monks are berated in Wong Chun Wai’s J-Star column today.
Against the backdrop of “ultra nationalist” and “religious extremist” groups that “always fight in the name of country, race and religion”, certain religious figures in conservative societies are able to “get away with the most demonic crimes”, writes the J-Star CEO.
Saying all religions “preach about peace and harmony”, Chun Wai at the same time adds that the world is shocked nonetheless by videos of indecent and irrational “Myanmar monks making hate speeches and, in some cases, actually taking part in racial and religious violence”.
In his article ‘Practise what you preach‘, Chun Wai wonders why “there is a deafening silence when it comes to speaking out against these extremist Myanmar Buddhist monks” in Malaysia.
Apparently targeting local Chinese Buddhists, he lectures, “It is always easier to point out the weakness and failure of another community and religion but when it involves our own kind, many prefer to look the other way, shamefully”.
(It ought to be noted that Buddhists are not Chun Wai’s “own kind” as he is an evangelical Christian. Also, it ought to be further noted that it’s the evangelistas who are quick to criticize another community and religion but when it involves their own, many prefer to look the other way.)
Continuing his lecture, Chun Wai chides, “These Myanmar extremist monks are giving Buddhism a bad name. Surely this is not what Buddhism is about.”
He wants “moderate Buddhists” to strongly condemn the acts of those whom he labels “extremist personalities and groups” in Myanmar.