Govt prepares new directives on witchcraft - TNA, October 12, 2004
...Mr. Weerasak Khowsurat, Vice Minister for Culture,
said today that in the immediate term, the government
would seek to use the 1996 Civil Service Administration
Act to allow Interior Ministry officials to determine
whether local spirit houses were adversely affecting
communities, or whether legislation was being broken.
However, Mr. Weerasak stressed that the government
had no intention of trampling on ancient beliefs,
many of which gave local people a considerable amount
of psychological support.
In the long term, the government is looking at extending
the 1985 Spirit House Act to require all spirit houses
to be registered with the Interior Ministry.
This would also require any people believing themselves
to have special spiritual powers to inform the authorities
of their activities...
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