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So far 118 dead on the roads

Posted by hasekamp on 30 December 2007 at 17:25 PM
The New Year season (as well as the Songkran season) are well kn own for the many road accidents. This year is no exception. Road accidents have killed 118 people and injured 1,254 in the first two days of the New Year break, according to the Interior Ministry. The "seven dangerous days" of the period started this past Friday. Interior deputy permanent secretary Nirand Jongwut said 1,147 road accidents were reported on Friday and Saturday. Road safety officials have stepped up measures to reduce the carnage over the break. On Saturday, 85 people were killed and 776 were injured. Khon Kaen saw the greatest number of fatalities with eight, followed by Nakhon Pathom where six died and Sa Kaew, where five perished. So far, 38 provinces have reported zero fatalities. Nirand said drunk driving - as usual - remained the main cause of accidents, with 38.19 attributed to intoxication. (Source: The Nation)


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First election scandal

Posted by hasekamp on 30 December 2007 at 17:21 PM
The Election Commission (EC) has solid evidence that may lead to People Power party (PPP) executive Yongyuth Tiyapirat being disqualified from the election for alleged vote-buying in the Dec 23 polls, a highly-placed source close to the poll fraud inquiry said. The EC summoned Mr Yongyuth for questioning yesterday afternoon. The veteran politician sent his lawyer but did not appear in person. Mr Yongyuth, who ran in the proportional representation vote in the North, is among the latest batch of 12 PPP candidates accused of poll fraud. In the case against Mr Yongyuth, the poll agency is working on an investigation by police and EC officials which centers around alleged payment of air fares and distribution of cash to a group of Chiang Rai-based tambon chiefs at a hotel in Bangkok in October.
EC member Sodsri Satthayatham yesterday lauded police investigators for delving into election fraud allegations against the PPP executive. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Stone throwers on the roads

Posted by hasekamp on 30 December 2007 at 17:16 PM
Thais returning home for the New Year festivities have been the victims of stone-throwing gangs in separate attacks on lonely country roads. The windscreen of a car driven by a Bangkok woman was smashed when a group of men threw stones on the highway in Surat Thani's Ban Na Doem district in southern Thailand. Sukanya Panthoing, 31, told the police she had not stopped for fear of what the men might do. The wife of a truck driver, Ladda Bunliang, needed five stitches on her right eyebrow after being hit by a rock thrown by two men on a motorcycle. Her husband Charn was driving his 18-ton truck in the Nakhon Luang district of Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok.
The Ayutthaya Provincial Court last week sentenced two members of a stone-throwing gang to 25 years in prison and ordered them to pay 1 million baht in damages for attacking and robbing the driver of a delivery truck in the province. Pol Maj-Gen Nares Nanthachot, the Ayutthaya police chief, said it was difficult to stop stone throwing gangs because their victims usually dare not stop to identify their attackers and because such strikes often take place in the dark. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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New cabinet next week?

Posted by hasekamp on 28 December 2007 at 15:45 PM
People Power party leader Samak Sundaravej has scheduled a press conference for January 4, when he says it will announce the formation of a new government. PPP spokesperson Kuthep Saikrajang made the announcement early Wednesday, confirming that the PPP now has 254 seats in the bag. "There is no doubt that the PPP will be able to form a new government and we hope that Puea Pandin party will join us,"he said. "We are not making presumptions. What Iíve said is the truth and there is a possibility that we will get more seats in the days ahead." He also explained Mr Samak's silence as a way of avoiding controversy or - as he put it - giving out sensitive information to the press which could later be misinterpreted. However, he denied that Mr Samak had met Thaksin Shinawatra in Hong Kong. Mr Thaksin said early this week that he intends to return to Thailand from exile to fight charges levelled against him by a military-appointed investigation commission. He also intends to advise PPP, which is the reincarnation of his Thai Rak Thai party. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Tsunami victims remembered

Posted by hasekamp on 26 December 2007 at 17:54 PM
About 200 people took part in a memorial service at Loma Park this morning to mark the third anniversary of the 2004 tsunami disaster. The event, which began at 10 am, included a food and alms offering to 108 monks who spent an hour praying for those who perished. Phuket Vice-Governor Tri Augkaradacha opened the service, which was organized jointly by Patong Municipality, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Governorís Office. All attendees observed a one-minute silence to remember those lost to the waves.
When the chanting was over, many people whose relatives and friends died in the disaster went to the waterís edge and released flowers as morning beach-goers looked on. Dressed in black, German couple Mr and Mrs Hert said they came to pay their respects to a friend they saw washed away by the tsunami but were powerless to help.
In Kamala, the Phuket-Japanese Association held a similar service on the beach near the Kamala Beach Hotel. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Election fraud to be examined

Posted by hasekamp on 24 December 2007 at 14:02 PM
Beginning Tuesday, Thailand's Election Commission (EC) will consider reports of election fraud and certify results of Sunday's general election, where no complaints were submitted, EC secretary-general Sutthipol Thaweechaikan said Monday. The EC can certify election results in constituencies where no complaints were filed within a week and announce constituencies where complaints were submitted within 30 days. By-elections will be held in constituencies where elected members of parliament were found to have cheated in the election and issued with red cards. In another development, Mr. Sutthipol said that so far eight provinces, including two constituencies in Bangkok, had informed the elections agency that 70.27 per cent of eligible voters of a total of 45.66 million voters participated yesterday. Valid ballots totaled some 29.89 million while invalid votes numbered 804,400, while those not wishing to vote for any candidate totaled approximately 1.39 million under the constituency system, Mr. Sutthipol said.
The highest voter turnout was the northern province of Lamphun where 88.09 per cent of total eligible voters exercised their rights, followed by the northern capital of Chiang Mai with 83.20 per cent and the southern province of Krabi with 79.50 per cent, said Mr. Sutthipol. (Thai News Agency)


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PPP wins elections

Posted by hasekamp on 24 December 2007 at 13:58 PM
The Palang Prachachon (People Power) party loyal to Thaksin Shinawatra won Sunday's election, but appeared to fall just short of a clear parliamentary majority. Still: "I will be the next premier for sure," said PPP leader Samak Sundaravej. "The coup is dead," Samak told a press conference after unofficial results showed his party had won at least 230 of the 480 contested seats at Sunday's polls. Samak, 72, is likely to become Thailand's 25th prime minister. "Now the people have had their say. The numbers that came out are an answer to those people," meaning the military. With 92 per cent of the votes counted near midnight, PPP had 228 seats and the Democrats had 166. In all, 241 seats are needed fora majority. The midnight results had Chart Thai party with 39 seats, while Puea Pandin party got 26 seats, Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana won 10 seats, Matchimathipataya had 7 seats and Pracharaj had four. Two independent polls showed the People Power Party ahead by a wide margin in a strong repudiation of the generals, who had worked hard to discredit former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and to neutralize his supporters. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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So far 172 election complaints

Posted by hasekamp on 23 December 2007 at 15:54 PM
The Chairman of the Election Commission (EC), Mr. Apichart Sukhagganond, says his commission received 172 reports of illegal activities last night, and most of them are related to vote-buying. Mr. Apichart held a news conference today (December 23rd) at the EC Headquarters, saying that 147 of the 172 electoral fraud cases, taking place last night from 1 AM to 6 AM, are vote buying while the rest concern partiality of state officials and distribution of valuable items. Mr. Apichart says the ECís coordinating center joined by private organizations received complaints about vote buying in many areas. For example, each family in Khon Kaen province was paid 500 baht and 100 baht. The complaints were also submitted by public members from the provinces of Sa Kaeo, Prachin Buri, Si Sa Ke, and Chiang Mai. He says the EC will speedily investigating the complaints. Mr. Apichart says the EC also received reports on many taxis with stickers campaigning for cetain political parties running on roads in Bangkok last night after 6 PM, and such act is deemed illegal. (Source: Public Relations Department)


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First (unofficial) polling results

Posted by hasekamp on 23 December 2007 at 15:33 PM
Early and unofficial results show the Palang Prachachon (People Power) party loyal to Thaksin Shinawatra has won an outright parliamentary majority in Sunday's election. The PPP has taken 220 of the 400 seats in constituency voting, and has won 35 of the 80 party-list seats. If those results are confirmed in official vote-counting Sunday night and Monday, the People Power party would easily capture more than the 241 seats needed to form a government itself - with no need of a coalition. It must be stressed the results are unofficial, and based on a combination of exit polls and early vote results trickling in as reported by news media at polling stations. Although Bangkok media agreed that early counting gave the PPP an outright majority, pollsters who conducted exit polls after the Sunday voting showed slight but important differences. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Largest Christmas tree

Posted by hasekamp on 22 December 2007 at 10:52 AM
At the Metropole hotel in Phuket City you can liaten to Christmas carols and see an enormous Christmas tree, lit up in a ceremony on Thursday night. Staff at the hotel say the 10-meter-tall tree is the largest in Southern Thailand. The Metropole spent "hundreds of thousands" of baht to decorate it, and the lobby with more than 150,000 decorative lights to mark the Christian holiday. There is also a second Christmas tree inside the hotelís main lobby, where good children can be photographed free-of-charge with a saxophone-playing Santa Claus that breaks into Jingle Bells as soon as they sit down next to him. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Coup leader will accept poll results

Posted by hasekamp on 21 December 2007 at 13:59 PM
Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin said he would certainly accept the people's decision to be made in Sunday's election, even if it led to a victory of the People Power Party (PPP) and landed the premiership for PPP leader Samak Sundaravej. The then Army chief who staged a bloodless coup toppled prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra last year said he could not possibly raise objection to such possibilities that the PPP secure most MP seats and Mr Samak become prime minister as long as decisions of a majority of voters are concerned Sunday. PPP is a proxy of Thaksin's disbanded Thai Rak Thai party. The coup leader made the comments as political parties geared up for their final rallies Friday, ahead of Sunday elections to vote in a new leader and end more than a year of military rule. Gen. Sonthi played down rumours that bombings might occur somewhere to scuttle Sunday's election and said the authorities had not as yet found any concrete signs for such violent acts. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Elections in two days

Posted by hasekamp on 21 December 2007 at 13:53 PM
Thailand heads for a general election on Sunday that most observers believe will neither bridge the country's deep political divide nor restore much stability to politics. The election will fulfill the promise of the Thai military to bring back democracy to the kingdom within a year or so after their September 19, 2006, coup. Sunday's polls are likely to show that Thailand is still deeply divided into anti- and pro-Thaksin camps despite efforts by the military and their appointed cabinet to shatter the Thaksin political machine over the past year, analysts say. On May 30 Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that TRT had committed fraud in the 2006 snap election (results of which were later annulled), leading to the dissolution of the party and the banning of its 111 top executives including Thaksin from politics for a five-year period. Many former TRT politicians, including the ones banned from politics, thereafter formed a new political party called the People Party Party (PPP) to contest the December 23 polls. Most opinion polls have put the PPP way ahead of its nearest rival, the 61-year-old Democrat Party, which was the main opposition party during Thaksin's six years in power. So, in two days we know more. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Thai expats vote

Posted by hasekamp on 19 December 2007 at 12:45 PM
More than 70 percent of eligible voters in abroad has cast their ballot in the advance election in foreign countries due to high political awareness of overseas Thais, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. Of 80,161 eligible voters who registered at Thai embassies and consulates around the globe, 58,807 people or 73.36 percent cast their ballots between December 316. Top five of high turn out are found in the United States, Germany, Singapore, China and United Arab Emirate. Turn out of vote in foreign countries this time is highest since the authorities organized five ballot castings in abroad between 2000 and 2006, an official at the ministry said. Previously turnout was average of 35 percent. (Source: The Nation)


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Three people die in flooding

Posted by hasekamp on 17 December 2007 at 11:27 AM
Three people have drowned in the flood-stricken southernmost provinces, two in Narathiwat and one in Yala, where seven districts have been designated as flood disaster zones. From December 7-16, two deaths were reported in Narathiwat and nearly 27,000 people in 13 districts were affected by floods. The Yala casualty was in Betong district. Heavy rainfall has continued in flood-hit Narathiwat. The water level in the Sungai Kolok River has increased, overflowing low-lying areas. The main road between Sungai Kolok and Waeng districts is flooded, with portions of the road being impassable. Ten schools in three districts are closed. In Yala, forest run-off flowed into Saiburi district, overflowing and causing flooding in Raman district as well. Residents evacuated to higher ground. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Vote buying with drugs

Posted by hasekamp on 17 December 2007 at 11:24 AM
Fourteen kilogrammes of high-grade heroin smuggled into Chiang Rai were seized in Phrae on Saturday, with money from the sale of the drugs allegedly earmarked for use in electoral fraud schemes. Two brothers, Pinyo and Vijit Thanakornsilp, were pulled over on the Den Chai-Uttaradit highway at a police-military checkpoint in Den Chai district. Police said they found 40 packs of high-grade heroin totalling 14 kilogrammes in their vehicle. Police arrested the men, who allegedly confessed to having picked up the drugs from a trafficker in Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai. The heroin was to be delivered to customers at a farmer market in Pathum Thani. Police investigators also seized 19,000 baht from the suspects and were tracing the origin of the heroin and trying to track down the gang distributing the drugs. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Rice sale boost

Posted by hasekamp on 16 December 2007 at 13:39 PM
Rice exports will exceed 9 million tonnes this year, bolstered by high world demand and shortages among its main rivals Vietnam and India. Thai rice exports hit 8.74 million tonnes in the first 11 months of 2007, earning the country $3.3 billion. Shipments are expected to reach 9.2 to 9.4 million tonnes by year- end, said Apiradi Tantraporn, director-general of the Foreign Trade Department. Apiradi said rice exports soared in the past three months because India and Vietnam had been forced to suspend exports due to domestic shortages, The Nation newspaper reported.
Thailand has been the world's leading rice exporter for the past four decades. Close rivals include Vietnam, India and the United States. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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No alcohol during polling

Posted by hasekamp on 14 December 2007 at 13:49 PM
No alcohol will be on sale or served at any event across the country from 6pm today until midnight on Sunday as voters cast advance ballots this weekend for the general election. Bar owners have been warned it will be enforced. The same strict regulation will be applied next week, from 6pm on Dec 22 to midnight the next day, polling day. The ban is to prevent canvassers entertaining voters at boozy parties before they go off to cast their votes. Violators risk a fine of up to 10,000 baht or a maximum of six years in jail, under the election law. Pol Gen Vichien Potphosri said full security will be in place. Advance voting is tomorrow and Sunday. About 2.8 million people have applied to cast advance votes. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Safety cameras foer holidays

Posted by hasekamp on 14 December 2007 at 13:45 PM
A total of 1,300 closed-circuit television monitors are being installed at various critical locations throughout Bangkok and will start functioning next week, according to government spokesman Chaiya Yimwilai. Mr. Chaiya said the security precaution is being undertaken because Bangkok was hit by a series of bomb blasts on New Year's Eve last year, killing three persons and wounding 38. In order to prevent similar violence, Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulalont on Thursday held a special meeting among security concerned agencies. The PM was especially worried because many special occasions are nearing, including the general election, Christmas and the New Year. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Tsunami rememberance

Posted by hasekamp on 13 December 2007 at 14:15 PM
Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) is organizing Light Up Phuket on December 26 to mark the third anniversary of the tsunami tragedy in 2004. More than 100,000 candles will be lit along the three-kilometer stretch of sand at Patong Beach. At 10:50 am, 108 monks will pray during a ceremony at Loma Park, Patong. Candles will be placed in the sand on the beach and lit between 5 pm and 7 pm while a standing vigil is held to remember those who died. Everyone is welcome to take part in the memorial services. In Phang Nga province, a ceremony attended by HRH Princess Ubol Ratana Rajakanya will be held at Chong Fa Beach in Takuapa District. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Royal mercy

Posted by hasekamp on 11 December 2007 at 17:20 PM
On the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary, HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej has granted royal pardon to about 25,000 inmates across the country. Thanks to the royal clemency, 85 deathrow convicts including Dr Wisut Boonkasemsanti and Major Chalermchai Matchaklam saw their capital punishment commuted to life imprisonment. "This is to make merits in dedication to His Majesty and also to give convicted inmates a chance to reform themselves," Corrections Department director general Wanchai Roujanavong disclosed yesterday.
The Supreme Court sentenced Wisut to death in July for killing his estranged wife Dr Phassaporn and dismembering her body to conceal the crime in 2001. We reported extensively on the case.
Chalermchai received the death sentence from the Supreme Court last year for murdering thenYasothon governor Preena Leepattanaphan in 2001.
Wanchai said that many convicts with good behaviours were given reduced jail terms. "More than 10,000 convicts will be released," he added. (Source: The Nation)


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National Parks cheaper

Posted by hasekamp on 9 December 2007 at 16:03 PM
The Thai government has agreed to cut entrance fees to all national parks throughout Thailand in an attempt to improve tourism in the Asian country. In the wake of numerous complaints about the fees from international tourists, the entrance dues have been cut in half at the country's most popular parks by the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department. Those popular tourist sites include the Mu Koh Tarutao and Mu Koh Lanta National parks, along with the Mu Koh Chang and Mu Koh Angthong parks. Several of Thailand's less popular national parks also will have their entrance fees reduced by 75 percent to try to lure in additional tourists, the department said. (Source: Yahoo News)


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British Queen congratulates

Posted by hasekamp on 7 December 2007 at 12:49 PM
HM the King graciously granted an audience to HRH the Duke of York Friday afternoon during which he received a congratulatory message from HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The birthday greeting was sent on the occasion of HM the King's 80th birthday. The full content of Her Majesty's letter is as follows:
"It gives me great pleasure to offer my warmest congratulations to Your Majesty as you celebrate your 80th birthday. I hope that Your Majesty has now recovered from your recent illness and will be able to fully enjoy the celebrations. I am sorry to hear that your sister HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana has also been unwell. I wish Your Majesty good health, longevity and happiness and send you my very best wishes for the continued happiness and prosperity of all. Elizabeth R."
(Source: The Nation)


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Democrats want to take over PPP

Posted by hasekamp on 7 December 2007 at 12:46 PM
The Democrats want to overtake the People Power Party in the remaining two weeks of campaigning to sway proportionate votes. "I am not worrying because the numbers are close with two weeks left to woo voters to secure victory," Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjjajiva said on Friday in reference to the opinion survey projecting the PPP to grab 39 partylist seats and the Democrats with 33. Abhisit said he had anticipated that his party was slightly trailing behind the PPP even before the survey results came out and that he remained hopeful more and more people would switch to vote for his party. At the start of campaigning, many opinion surveys indicated the PPP leading by a wide margin but the gap was getting narrower, he said. Voters still have two weeks to make up their mind on charting the course for the country, he added, pinning hope on swing votes as about two of three voters remain undecided. (Source: The Nation)


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King thanks well-wishers

Posted by hasekamp on 5 December 2007 at 11:30 AM
Thailand's much loved king thanked all those who had turned out to wish him a happy birthday, and called for unity among his subjects for the sake of the kingdom's stability. Thais all over the country are paying tribute to their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, who turned 80 on Wednesday 5 December. The revered monarch, who commands great respect from people in all walks of life, appeared on the balcony of the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace on Wednesday morning, allowing his royal subjects to greet him. Thousands of people, wearing yellow t-shirts, lined up along the route to get a glimpse of the monarch as he and members of the royal family progressed from his residence at Chitralada Palace, and travelled along Rajadamnoen Avenue to the Grand Palace. The onlookers cheered "Long Live the King" and sang songs in his honour. Throughout his reign he has continued to demonstrate his deep concern for his kingdom and brought great improvement to the quality of life of the people through his various royal projects.
Their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit will graciously attend the celebration of the monarch's 80th birthday at Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall on Wednesday evening. Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont will preside over the candle-lighting ceremony to pay tribute to the king at the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. Many Thais nationwide perform merit-making ceremonies and other activities to honour the king. They will also light candles as a symbol of blessing to His Majesty the King. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Colorful King

Posted by hasekamp on 5 December 2007 at 11:22 AM
His Majesty the King, who understands the public's enthusiastic mimicking of what colour clothes he dons, wears more colourful items these days mainly because he doesn't want to look boring. Since he checked out of hospital on November 7, the King has worn eight different colours. The day he checked out, he wore a pink blazer and a pink-collar dress shirt.
That sparked another craze, with Thais starting to wear pink to honour their beloved monarch. It was fuelled by the belief that pink was the King's lucky colour.
However, His Majesty said his different outfits were doing nothing more than adding some colour to his life. His Majesty said half-jokingly, referring to Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, that the premier's white uniform could also be boring if he was seen in it all the time. The King said his attire yesterday - a grey blazer, pink shirt and yellow necktie - was not unattractive. He also mentioned his shirt from Monday - a pastel yellow - saying it was like a light moon shade and the right tone. He felt very bright yellow was not quite right. (Source: The Nation)


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Birthday speech by HM the King

Posted by hasekamp on 4 December 2007 at 19:25 PM
Traditionally, His Majesty gave a speech on the eve of his birthday. His Majesty the King called on Thais to be united in his annual birthday-eve audience given at the Chitralada Palace on Tuesday evening. His Majesty, the world's longest reigning monarch, will turn 80 Wednesday. This year's audience, granted to cabinet members and senior civil servants, was seen as having special significance because it comes at a time of great political uncertainty for the kingdom. "If we are not united, the country will experience disaster," His Majesty said. The king used his recent hospitalization and difficulties walking to urge Thais to work together for the sake of the nation. "My legs don't walk in union. I was saying the other day that the military and civilians need to be united. If we are not united, the country will face disaster." His Majesty also touched on the age subject, and said that Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, who has been widely criticised as being too old to head a government, is in fact not that old. "Who has said that the premier is boring cannot say that as he works actively...The premier is a little above 60, which is at an appropriate age. Unlike me. I'm too old," he said. But then he joked: "Tomorrow I will be 80. I am still young and strong."
His Majesty also commented on his own health, saying that he stays healthy to welcome those who come to listen to his speech. "Doctors said my brain wasn't working well. But I didn't feel anything wrong. Then they said my colon did not function well. But they later found out everything was fine," His Majesty said. "It's the doctors' brain that weren't right." His Majesty admonished the navy for recently expressing the wish to buy a submarine, noting that submarines were unsuitable for Thailand. The Gulf of Thailand is a shallow body of water. Known worldwide for his sufficiency economy theories, the king also encouraged the manufacture of bio-fuel from palm oil, which can be grown domestically, to reduce dependency on imported oil. Thousands of people wearing yellow T-shirts gathered outside the palace in Bangkok to hear the King speak. This year's audience began with royal humour, when the king playfully admonished his 2-year-old grandson Dipangkorn Rasmijoti - the son of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn - for talking during the ceremony. "He is like his father. He talks a lot," His Majesty said of his grandson's interruptions. Long live His Majesty the King! (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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PM wishes King a Happy Birthday

Posted by hasekamp on 3 December 2007 at 10:31 AM
Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont Monday led civil servants, police, military officials and state enterprise employees to wish His Majesty the King a happy birthday. In a grand ceremony held at Government House to mark His Majesty's 80-year-old birthday, Surayud also led the officials to reaffirm their pledge to serve the country. The ceremony was simultaneously held by government agencies nationwide. The prime minister also led the officials to sing two songs to honor His Majesty. (Source: The Nation)


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King calls for unity in armed forces

Posted by hasekamp on 3 December 2007 at 10:27 AM
His Majesty the King yesterday called for unity among the armed forces and Thais, urging them to put national security above all else. The King was addressing soldiers from 13 Royal Guard battalions who gathered at the Royal Plaza for their annual trooping of the color parade and ceremony of taking an oath of allegiance to mark his 80th birthday on Wednesday. "It is clear that the current situation is unstable. We can say that if Thais have a lack of awareness for the country, unity, we all may face calamity," His Majesty said. "Therefore, I ask all soldiers and all Thais in every circle to contemplate whether the country deserves your protection. "If you think so, please consciously stay honest, minimize prejudice and strengthen kindness and unity." His Majesty, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, arrived at the Royal Plaza in a convertible about 5.10pm yesterday. Other members of the Royal Family also attended. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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