Muslims gather en masse to promote national unity
The Office of the Chularatchamontri yesterday staged a mass gathering for Muslim residents who stand united in wanting to protect the country's three pillar institutions.
The event called Ruam Palang Muslim Pokpong Sathaban Chart Sat Kasat (Uniting Muslim Power to Protect the Nation, Religion and the Royal Institution), was presided over by Aziz Pitukkumpol, the Chularatchamontri.
The event took place at the National Administration Centre for Islamic Affairs Chalerm Phrakiat in Bangkok's Nong Chok district. It was attended by a large crowd of Muslim residents who wore yellow and waved the national and royal flags. During the gathering, they also prayed for peace in the nation.
The event was held to underline the importance of the three pillar institutions -- the nation, the religion and the monarchy, the event's organisers said.
The gathering was to express Muslim people's gratitude to the monarch.
The Office of the Chularatchamontri said it is aware of the conflicts and differences of opinions which run high in politics. The office and Islamic organisations at all levels maintain political neutrality.
The office urged all sides across the political divide to open a space for talks to find a solution for society in a respectful and amicable way.
Everyone is a Thai and they should work together to ensure fairness for all. This will help forge peace, it said.