Thai comedian’s monkhood plans pickled in debt controversy

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Controversy has erupted around a Thai comedian as he prepares to enter monkhood amid a storm of online criticism and debt claims from a pickled crab seller. The comedian’s decision to ordain follows a public dispute over unpaid debts, which has led to widespread condemnation from netizens and creditors alike.

The drama unfolded on the popular talk show Hone Krasae, where the pickled crab seller Mae Poonah confronted the comedian, Jukkabum, regarding unpaid dues for goods sold on consignment. Despite repeated attempts to collect the debt, Mae Poonah was forced to publicly shame the comedian by posting a sign in a well-known shopping mall. In response, Jukkabum filed a police report against their creditor, escalating the conflict and bringing it to the forefront of public attention.

In light of the backlash, Jukkabum sought counsel from Rachen Trakulwiang, the leader of the New Alternative Party. Both agreed that ordination would be a suitable course of action for seeking peace of mind amidst the chaos. Jukkabum expressed a desire to resolve all debts before entering monkhood, with plans to clear at least a portion of the outstanding amount before ordination, and the rest, if possible, to settle all accounts.

The Facebook page Dawpadek Chak highlighted the comedian’s intention to ordain, suggesting it as a means to cleanse their image following the debt evasion scandal. This post sparked further commentary from celebrities such as Num Kanchai, who implied that Jukkabum was embarking on a new chapter in life.

In a recent development, Parry Pirap, touched on the issue of ordaining while in debt, emphasizing that one must clear their debts before seeking the spiritual solace of monkhood. According to Buddhist doctrine, individuals with outstanding debts are prohibited from ordination, as this would conflict with the monastic precepts.

The public has scrutinised the situation, drawing on historical precedents set by the Buddhist scriptures. These texts clearly state that those with financial obligations should not be allowed to ordain and that doing so would incur an offence according to monastic law.

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This incident has not only illuminated the personal strife of the individuals involved but has also sparked a broader conversation about ethics, responsibility, and the sanctity of religious practices. As Jukkabum prepares for a period of spiritual retreat and reflection, the community awaits to see whether this will lead to a resolution of the debts and a restoration of their reputation.

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Samantha Rose

Samantha was a successful freelance journalist who worked with international news organisations before joining Thaiger. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from London, her global perspective on news and current affairs is influenced by her days in the UK, Singapore, and across Thailand. She now covers general stories related to Thailand.

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