King gives water mission to Apirat, PM

King gives water mission to Apirat, PM

Outgoing army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong performs a wai to former prime minister and army chief Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh during the latter's visit to the army headquarters on Monday. (Photo by Wassana Nanuam)
Outgoing army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong performs a wai to former prime minister and army chief Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh during the latter's visit to the army headquarters on Monday. (Photo by Wassana Nanuam)

Outgoing army chief Apirat Kongsompong says he and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha have been instructed by their Majesties the King and Queen to conduct a survey of the monarch’s estates so water storage facilities can be built for public use.

Their Majesties do good things without expecting great fanfare from others for the benefit of the people, Gen Apirat said on Monday.

Gen Apirat revealed the royal initiative to help the public during talks on Monday with former prime minister and army chief Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh.

Gen Chavalit dropped in at army headquarters to see Gen Apirat on his last day as army chief.

He will formally hand over his command to his successor, Gen Narongpan Jitkaewthae, on Tuesday.

The former prime minister  said he was happy that Gen Apirat had been appointed as army chief but it was sad he was in only in the post for two years.

Gen Chavalit called on Gen Apirat to make people in the country happy while expressing his concerns over anti-monarchy groups who he said did not understand the institution. It was important to have someone to speak for Their Majesties, who never take credit for their work, he said.

Earlier this month, His Majesty the King appointed Gen Apirat and Corrections Department director-general Naras Savestanan as deputies of the Lord Chamberlain, ACM Satitpong Sukvimol. The appointments will take effect on Wednesday.

Both Gen Apirat and Pol Col Naras were from Class 20 of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School.

As a Lord Chamberlain's deputy, Gen Apirat will help bring prosperity and happiness to Thailand by faithfully serving the monarchy and its people, Gen Chavalit said.


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