Protect the vulnerable, gullible

I agree with Miss Poh Wei Ling ("Faith has no price tag"; Dec 10). Indeed, where money is concerned, the Government must ensure there are no unorthodox or unscrupulous practices.

Commercial entities have their own checks. If an offence is committed, the authorities can implement new measures to prevent a recurrence.

Similarly, for religious bodies, we ought to admit that there are people who succumb to temptation and do "human" things.

If self-checking proves inadequate, the authorities, or even the law, must step in to set things straight before they get worse.

Dr Thomas Lee Hock Seng ("Beware blurring line between state, religion"; Dec 12) said that if an individual does not subscribe to a particular teaching, that person should be free to leave that faith community.

This is akin to a salesman telling a customer: "If you are not happy, don't come into my shop."

But the fact remains that there are many gullible and vulnerable people who may be too ignorant to complain or raise a red flag.

In a multi-religious nation like ours, the state certainly must have a say in some aspects of religion. Freedom of religion does not give one the right to collect money freely.

Daniel Chan Wai Piew