King honoured with call for good deeds
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged the nation to join together in doing good deeds as a tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great on the fifth anniversary of the former monarch's passing yesterday.
Presiding over the merit-making rite to observe the day at Wat Makut Kasattriyaram, Gen Prayut said that although five years have passed since the country lost the King on Oct 13, 2016, memories of him remain vivid in people's minds.
"The government and the people stand ready to do everything possible in the name of a good cause for the country," he said.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua has carried on the projects started by his father, with the government providing the necessary support.
"I would like to invite everyone to unite in a show of collective loyalty and gratitude towards His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great.
"This is indeed an important day for all people in the country. I ask that everyone do their good deeds as a form of dedication to the King," the prime minister said.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam recalled a video clip in which Samantha Power, US permanent representative to the United Nations, addressed a UN General Assembly in tribute to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great on Oct 28, 2016.
Mr Wissanu said the US envoy spoke to representatives from almost 200 countries at the assembly, and also used Thai subtitles.
"I've never heard a non-Thai speak more impressively in the King's honour," he said.
The deputy prime minister said Ms Power praised the King on his "monkey's cheeks" invention to address the recurring floods in the country. These relied on the construction of a system of small reservoirs that worked using the principle of storing excess water during heavy rains so they could be used later for irrigation.
"Many of the King's inventions fit this pattern -- merging conservation with human development," he recalled her as saying.
"He was decades ahead of the curve in recognising that what was environmentally sustainable was crucial to the long-term health of communities," she added.
"So the King travelled constantly within his country, in particular to the poor and rural parts, where -- over the course of his tenure -- he would develop thousands of development projects," Ms Power noted.