KCUC Members Show Division Over the DSI Allegations Against Ven. Dhammajayo

On May 10th, 2016, at 2:30 pm, a group of Klongchan Credit Union Corporation (KCUC) members sent representatives to submit an open letter to the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) Chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang. Chief Special Agent Porntep Sarasiri accepted the letter on his behalf as Chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang would not receive the letter due to a lack of scheduled appointment.

  Mrs. Yuparet Woravittayanon, a representative of KCUC members, handing the open letter to DSI’s   Chief Special Agent P  orntep Sarasiri

Mrs. Yuparet Woravittayanon, a representative of KCUC members, handing the open letter to DSI’s Chief Special Agent Porntep Sarasiri

The group of members of the KCUC had the intention to protest Mr Thammanoon Atshotee, and his mob, who gathered in front of DSI earlier on the same morning. The gathering lead by Mr Thammanoon was to represent another group of KCUC members who were encouraging DSI to continue their vigorous investigations on Phra Dhammajayo. Chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang came out to receive the letter himself. There was no public evidence that Mr Thammanoon made any previous appointment to hand in the letter to Chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang.

Mr Thammanoon Atshotee is a current member of the KCUC who has been nominated to be elected as part of the new KCUC board of directors.

  From left: Dr Mano Laohavanich and Mr Paiboon Nititawan, representing KCUC members, handing the open letter to DSI’s Chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang.

From left: Dr Mano Laohavanich and Mr Paiboon Nititawan, representing KCUC members, handing the open letter to DSI’s Chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang.

However, witnesses in the area reported that many individuals in the morning crowd, lead by Mr Thammanoon Atshotee, were not actual members of the KCUC, but went because of an invitation from other people, not knowing what the mob was actually there for. It is unknown how many of the morning crowd were actual representatives of the KCUC members. The list of names of KCUC members supporting DSI investigation have not been made public.

Dr Mano Laohavanich and Mr Paiboon Nititawan, also joined the morning mob, neither of whom have any affiliations to the KCUC. However, they have been consistently opposed to the Dhammakaya movement and anything related to Wat Phra Dhammakaya and the temple’s abbot.