Well I’m Thai, and apart from the best food, we have the longest standing monarch in the world. Of course, I can’t mention that without mentioning the lese majeste law in effect til this day. Oppresses the freedom of speech, you say. The law has drawn lots of criticism from foreigners along with some Thais too. You guys are also probably surprised that he is above the law – directly against the rule of law isn’t it? Yet, H.M. The King has never abused his power, and has worked tirelessly for his people. He’s a man of principle, and has gone high up in the mountains, touched people with skin disease, sit down together with the commoners and spearheaded campaigns such as the sufficiency economy and the artificial rain.
We Thais love him for a reason, and that is why H.M. The King deserves the respect he gets. I thought this was an issue worth noting because most foreigners feel that lese majeste laws in Thailand are overboard. They may be, but we do have reason to suggest otherwise. Wherever he appears, people come out in force.Whenever he speaks, he unites the country. Whatever he does, it is for the betterment of Thailand. I’m glad to have H.M. King Bhumibol as my King. It may be something that no other nations can properly relate to. That’s the Thai unity and identity.
Long Live the King.