PM: King’s passing way is the biggest loss and sorrow for Thais

His Majesty the King’s passing away on Thursday is the biggest loss and sorrow for the Thai people throughout the country since the demise of King Rama VIII or King Anand on June 9, 1946, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Thursday night.

“Today what the Thai people didn’t want to think about and wished about has arrived when the Bureau of the Royal Household formally announced the passing away of HM the King,” said the prime minister in his nationwide address.

“October 13 should be a day that will be remembered in our memory for a long time to come like King Chulalongkorn Day on October 23 of every year,” said, adding that, for the past 70 years since the end of the Second World War when Thailand was struggling to recover from the war, the King was the source of inspiration for Thai people to confront all the challenges.

Now that the King’s 70-year reign has come to an end, the prime minister called on the Thai people to pray for the soul of the beloved King to protect the kingdom and the people and to bring about peace and prosperity for the country.

The best way to demonstrate loyalty and sorrow to the King is to follow in his footstep and to carry on with his wishes for independence, sovereignty and prosperity of the country, said General Prayut.

The prime minister went on saying the important task of the government is to proceed with provisions in the Constitution and the Palace law regarding the succession issue to ensure that Thailand will continue to be a constitutional democracy with the king as the head of state.

He said the government would inform the National Legislative Assembly about HM the King’s appointment of the heir to the throne on December 28, 1972.

Meanwhile, all television and radio broadcasting stations have been told by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to refrain from airing entertainment programmes and activities for 30 days as of Friday.

As for visual and audio broadcasts related to HM the King’s pass-away and funeral ceremony, all TV and radio stations are advised to link up with TV pool and Radio Thailand. Repeated broadcasts of programmes of TV pool and Radio Thailand are not allowed unless with prior permission from the two broadcasters.