Immigration officers have arrested five Chinese nationals at a lavish residence in Chon Buri province on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, including a woman who claims to be the “Mother of Universe” with the power to communicate with “divine figures.”
According to Pol Maj-Gen Waritsiri Leelasiri, chief of Immigration Division 3, the five landed in Thailand on tourist visas and established a religious sect named “Lion Kingdom Federation,” spreading the group’s gospel and soliciting payments from believers, including Chinese tourists and Thais.
He also stated that the organisation developed a potion, which they sold, stating that it would grant the purchaser a long life free of all illness, and that he is concerned that the elixir may be hazardous to those who use it, which is why he decided to make the arrests.
The “Mother of Universe,” identified as Huang Lian-Tsu, was named manager of the corporation “Heaven of Heaven,” established by the five Chinese nationals, according to the immigration officer. The firm, on the other hand, did nothing but grow the religious cult and beg cash.
He further claimed that the immigration police had cancelled Huang’s and another Chinese man, Chang Wen-hao’s, tourist permits and placed them on a blacklist, preventing them from entering Thailand.
On Thursday last week, Immigration officials arrested six Chinese nationals for working unlawfully at a factory in Chon Buri Province while on holiday visas.
The arrests were made after police searched the business in Ban Bung District, around 70 kilometers outside Bangkok, after getting information from locals that certain Chinese managers working there did not have valid documentation.
The six were unable to provide work permits when requested. They were visiting the country on tourist visas. The six men, aged 35 to 47, were arrested and taken to the police station for working without authorization.
Thailand, which has seen a solid revival in tourism since late last year, is tightening down on visa overstayers and illegal workers. Last year, it got 11 million foreign visitors, and the administration expects 30 million this year.