Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Bad monk: Love of song gets pagoda chief booted

Bad monk: Love of song gets pagoda chief booted

Bad monk: Love of song gets pagoda chief booted

Bad monk
A Kampong Cham pagoda chief was arrested and subsequently defrocked after he was caught singing, drinking and cavorting with women at a karaoke club last night.

Chhay Run, 40, was arrested while leaving the club in Kampong Cham town’s Veal Vong commune, after local villagers reported his less-than-holy behaviour, central justice office deputy Chan Hor said. He added that the monk often hired a luxury car for his partying.

The chief of Ten Knong Pagoda in the province’s Chamkar Leu district was caught contravening several rules of monastic discipline, he said. “He and his driver sang karaoke, drank five cans of beer and were sitting with four entertainment ladies.”

Though police initially arrested the pagoda chief, responsibility for misbehaving monks lies with the Ministry of Cults and Religion if no laws are breached, said Sok Sam Oeun, executive director of the Cambodia Defenders Project.

“If he didn’t break a criminal law,” police should not arrest him, he said. 

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • Woman who scaled Cambodia’s three highest peaks eyes Everest

    One of the very few Cambodian women to have successfully reached the Kingdom’s three highest peaks is now eyeing Malaysia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, and potentially even the world’s tallest straddling Nepal and China, Mount Everest. While in many Western countries it

  • EDC tackles power shortfall

    Electrcite Du Cambodge (EDC) on Monday issued a statement updating the public on its efforts to tackle insufficient electricity supplies during the ongoing dry season. Reductions in electricity prices have resulted in a steady increase in consumers in the Kingdom, while local and international investors

  • Cheap, clean and efficient: The firm leading Cambodia’s solar revolution

    Sitting in her bright and airy 17th floor office, Rithya Menon, Okra Smart Solar’s lead firmware engineer, checks the frequently updating data telling her everything about how well their community services are operating. “I saw in the data that there was a problem with