Complaint on temples volume of bell ringing leads to Immigration and Hotel Act probes for Condo owner



Police are checking whether immigration laws have been broken after complaints were made about a temple’s pre-dawn bell ringing near a condominium at Wat Sai in Bangkok’s Rama III area.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, acting Immigration Bureau chief, said on Friday that officers would check if the owner of the condominium unit, from where the noise complaint was made, had informed the Immigration Bureau about a foreigner now staying there who was alleged to make the complaint and was alleged to be staying there without a monthly rental contract, which is against the Hotel Act and Thai Law.

Officers would also check whether the foreign tenant had notified the Immigration Bureau of their correct address in the last 90 days. If not, the foreign tenant could face a visa revocation and deportation, Surachate added.

The noise complaints prompted Bang Kho Laem district office to warn the temple. The temple’s abbot then instructed monks to keep the volume down. The 1.2-metre-tall bell is rung at 4am every day during the Buddhist Lent period.

It was decided that a meeting would be held on October 10 for the condominium, the temple, the district office and nearby community residents, to resolve this issue. The foreigner who is alleged to have made the complaint has not been named at this time despite multiple demands by upset social media users to release their name.

Courtesy The Nation.