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Privilege News November 2016

Elite Notes from the President
Forever in Our Hearts

Dearest members and welcome to the November edition of the Thailand Elite newsletter. As you would have already known His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej has passed away on October 13, 2016. This marks a great loss that deeply affects the people of Thailand. Throughout the 70 years of His Majesty’s reign he had done everything for the betterment of the people, creating jobs and increasing the quality of life through his teachings and through his numerous Royal projects. With the loss of our King whom Thai refer to as their father, on behalf of Thailand Elite Card, would like to express our sincerest and deepest sorrow and in this newsletter will pay homage to His Majesty by presenting to you about his activities and accomplishments in an attempt to explain why we honor and love His Majesty so much.

 

 

 

 

Pruet Boobphakam

President
Thailand Privilege Card Co., Ltd.


Biography of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

His Majesty the King was born on Monday the 5th of December 1927, at Mount Auburn Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., being the third and youngest child of Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Mahidol of Songkla.

His Majesty attended the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande, Chailly sur Lausanne in Switzerland. Later on he moved to the Gymnase Classique Cantonal of Lausanne from where he received his Bachelier’s Lettres diploma. He then chose to enter Lausanne University to study science, but the sudden death of his elder brother, King Ananda Mahidol, in Bangkok on the 9th of June, 1946, changed the course of his life completely, for the Law of Succession bestowed on him the arduous but challenging function of the Thai Crown. The Government on behalf of the people came to ask the Princess Mother for her other son to be their King. As he had not finished his education, His Majesty decided to go back to Switzerland for another period of study, but this time in the subject of Political Science and Law in order to equip himself with the proper knowledge for government.

 

Following the completion of his education in Switzerland in the early 1950s, His Majesty returned home to Thailand. In the years following, he began what has become his way of life - traveling throughout the year to the provinces and rural areas of the kingdom to visit his people, talk to them and, perhaps even more important, listen to them. He learned first hand of their needs and their problems and then set about trying to find a way of providing immediate assistance. In the days that followed these problems are studied in depth to find a permanent solution or way of assistance.


Royal Father, King of the People

Why do Thai so dearly love the King? The answer to this question is not easy to put into words. Partly because of his actions and the countless activities He selflessly acted upon. He is a King who worked hard. He is a King who provided refuge for the people. He is a father who provided knowledge and ideas. He made sure the people’s lives were improved through his many projects. His “self sustainability economics ideology taught people to live within their means and has been adopted by many foreign economists as the ideal economic concept.

The projects that His Majesty had initiated covers every part of the country and were created to improve the lives of everyone. He has created 8 charities to oversee the 4,100 projects. The projects are grouped into water resources, agriculture, occupational promotion, healthcare, public welfare and land development. He even converted his very own Chitrlada Palace into a center for research of livestock, fisheries and growing rice making this a truly unique royal residence.

Activities of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

 

1. Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

There are 1,955 projects subdivided into 7 different types which are agriculture, environment, healthcare, occupational promotion, water management, transportation and communication, social welfare.

2. Projects on medicine

His Majesty has a troupe of doctors and nurses who follow him on his travels to the countryside providing medicine and treatment at no cost to the people. This team would also go further into the countryside to help and treat the people who have not means of travel.

 

 

3. Royal projects on education

His Majesty realized that education of the country’s youth was a key to the nation’s development. Using his own resources he created the Ananda Mahidol Foundation to fund education of able students to further their studies abroad. This scholarship had no conditions attached and was designed to bring advanced knowledge back into the country.

4. International relations

His Majesty made official visits to numerous countries within Asia, Europe and North America to improve relations with other countries. His Majesty brought with him the good wishes of the Thai people and cemented ties with the various nations around the world.

 

 

5. Royal activities on language and culture

His Majesty the King had an extraordinary talent when it came to communication. In spite of growing up and being educated in a foreign country, His Majesty studied and was able to master the Thai language to a very high level. His unique talents are as follows Language skills.

His Majesty regularly issued Royal statements during important days of the year. He also wrote poetry which was always included in the annual greeting cards sent to the different government agencies, ministries and those that had worked with His Majesty during the year. From the greeting cards He later used the facsimile machine to reach even more people. Each year the message was always short but within those few words were wisdom and teachings that can fill an entire page.

Literary achievements

His Majesty has many literary achievement both in translating well known books into Thai as well as original pieces as writings:

  • His Majesty wrote a biography of King Rama 8 detailing his personal life, Royal activities and his travels to different locations.
  • His own writing entitled “When I Left Siam to Switzerland” which was in the form of a journal from the moment He left Thailand to further his studies in Switzerland from August 16 to August 22, 1946.
  • The Story of Mahajanaka was written after His Majesty had listened to the sermon of Somdej Phra Mahawirawong of Rachapatikaram Temple in 1977.
  • The Story of Thongdaeng – First printed in 1998 this piece was written about His Majesty’s dog Thong Daeng (Copper). Contained within the stories were lessons and morals especially about Thong Daeng’s loyalty

Translations of Books

  • Tito by Phyllis Auty was the first book His Majesty had translated into Thai in 1976
  • His Majesty translated 10 pages from the book “Small is Beautiful” by E.F. Schumacher
  • A Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson was translated from June 20, 1977 to 23 March, 1980.

Translations of Articles

  • “Radio Peace and Progress” in the Intelligence Digest April 1, 1975
  • "The Marxist Advance" Special Brief
  • "Following the Communist Line"
  • "No Need for Apocalypse" in the May 17 1975 issue of The Economist
  • "London Report" in the June 18, 1975 issue of the Digest Weekly Review
  • "Eternal China" in the August 13, 1975 issue of the Intelligence Digest Weekly Review 
  • "Surprising Views from a Post Allende Chile" in the August 20, 1975 issue of the Intelligence Digest Weekly Review 
  • "Sauce for the Gander..." in the August 20, 1975 issue of the Intelligence Digest Weekly Review 
  • "Red China Drug Pushers to the World " in the August 20, 1975 issue of the Intelligence Digest Weekly Review 
  • "Fashion in Heroes" by George F. Will in the August 6, 1979 issue of Newsweek magazine

6. Royal activities on science and technology

With exceptional insight, intelligence, and compassion, His Majesty has taken his natural gifts for the sciences and applied them directly to serve the people of the kingdom of Thailand. His numerous development projects have brought tangible results and lasting innovations not just to his subjects but to the world.

 

Projects on Science and Technology

  • Royal Rainmaking which also covered water management in the air
  • The Monkey Cheek or Kaem Ling project is about draining the excess amount of water from upper areas to a large storage canal in coastal areas to prevent flooding and conserve water for agriculture.
  • The Chaipattana aerator that treats polluted water by enhancing the amount of oxygen to boost the function of bacterium in decomposing any organic matters in the water, clearing away the cause of deterioration.
  • Dams built using earth and mud without the use of concrete
  • Vegetable Oil Refining and Bio-Diesel Integrated Production Plant
  • Vetiver grass root system that penetrates deep down into the soil at great depth and act as the natural erosion-control barrier.

In electronic communication

  • His Majesty created the Or Sor radio station transmitting from his personal residence. Or Sor was the initials of the Amphorn Satharn Throne Hall where he first transmitted from. After a while the station was moved to Chitrlada Palace.

Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The entire country is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In this regard, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like all visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal. Furthermore, kindly be advised of the following:

  • Most Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public.
  • Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
  • Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as those will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.
  • The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.
  • Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.
  • The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country.
  • For any enquiries, please contact our TAT domestic offices or Tel.: 1672.

We would like to thank all visitors for their understanding and supporting Thailand during this period of time.


The Bureau of the Royal Household announcement in regards to the proper conduct in paying homage to the remains of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej

The Bureau of the Royal Household has released an announcement on October 15, 2016 in regards to the proper conduct in paying homage to the remains of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej as follows:

  1. The general public is allowed to pay homage to the likeness of His Majesty at the Sahathai Samakhom Pavilion in the grounds of the Grand Palace from 8.30 in the morning to 4.00 in the afternoon. There is a Royal book where the public can write their condolences.
  2. The general public is allowed to pay homage to His Majesty’s remains after the first 15 days of prayer inside the Grand Palace from 9.00 in the morning to 4.00 in the afternoon beginning on October 28, 2016.
  3. Individuals, organizations, government agencies and private institutions may jointly sponsor funeral rites after the first 50 days of prayer.

Updates on the status of events and festivals during the Mourning Period

As Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, some festivals and activities in the kingdom have been cancelled or postponed. Other events will go ahead as planned but may be toned down as a mark of respect.

We would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates. We also ask tourists and visitors for their understanding during this time.

Status of events and festivals
Although there has been cancellations of the upcoming Loy Krathong festival in many areas please be informed that only the performances and dances will be cancelled as a sign of condolence to HM King Bhumibol. People can still participate in the beautiful tradition of floating of lanterns and there are many places.

 

 

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