0209 – The Thai unity and the longest standing monarch

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.

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2 thoughts on “0209 – The Thai unity and the longest standing monarch

  1. girlspell July 28, 2010 / 10:26 pm

    Nice post about your king. I didn’t know he was above the law. I thought it was more in the British style. Anyway, good that he’s a good ruler and that he is very popular. I assume the throne will go to his son?
    Thailand has changed over the years. The opening up the beautiful beaches for income from tourists has helped a lot in better economy. Thailand is a lot nicer to live in then let’s say Myanmar. Are you laws more or less oppressive then Singapore? You’ve lived there. I just wondered.

    • existentiallife July 29, 2010 / 4:19 am

      Yup the throne will go to his son. I can’t say anything more. Lese majeste.
      Umm Singapore is very strict yes. No chewing gums. Intense media censorship. bla bla bla. I do feel more ‘restricted’ in Singapore, but reasonably so. Not like.. Communist-restricted, you know? The society just has a narrow view on what’s right and wrong, and that can be oppressive sometimes

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