Taoist priest challenged in hate mail

Taoist priest challenged in hate mail

SINGAPORE - His faith stresses tolerance and compassion.

But Taoist priest Chung Kwang Tong's young age and meteoric rise within the Taoist Federation may have made him the target of a hate mail.

Some of the slurs in the letter received by the Taoist Federation were so vulgar they cannot be printed in this newspaper.

The words were scrawled over an article in the Inter-Religious Organisation's (IRO) inaugural journal Inter-faith.

At 29, Mr Chung is the youngest council member of the 31-member IRO, which promotes inter-religious harmony. The article, featuring an interview with him, was dated last month.

The anonymous writer had scrawled Chinese and English phrases across the excerpts - and sent it to the Taoist Federation at Bedok North last week.

The writer or writers accused Mr Chung of being green, a disgrace to both Taoism and the IRO, and challenged him.

Mr Chung, also known as Master Wei Yi, made a police report last Thursday. A police spokesman confirmed this.

The Taoist Federation has about 500 members. Its spokesman said the hate mail was also sent to temples from Bugis to Loyang.

Chairman Tan Thiam Lye, 65, said that members who received the hate mail have described to him its content.

Mr Chung, who is the Federation's administrator, said: "Some called the Federation to alert us to the matter, while others chose to junk it. I don't know why it was sent to so many people."

The New Paper understands it was also sent to some media organisations.

Federation leaders are taking the matter so seriously that they have even analysed the handwriting - and concluded it could be the work of several people within the Taoist community.

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