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The King, The Man, The Love: Phuket Opinion

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Phuket Opinion: The King, The Man, The Love

The Phuket News

 

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A woman cries during a memorial service for HM the late King Bhumibol Adulajev. Photo: Nattapong Jantarat

 

The mass memorial service for HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Phuket Provincial Hall last weekend provided the world with a glimpse of how much His Beloved Majesty meant to Thais living in Phuket.

 

The profound grief amongst those present, while the rain fell as if it could wash away their tears, reflected the sorrowful state of the nation – as most Thais who now call Phuket home hail from all corners of the Kingdom.

 

Many foreigners today share in that grief. Notes of condolences posted alongside stories of HM the late King’s passing plainly show how many long-term expats over the years have come to call His Majesty “our King”. And that he was, a King for the people.

 

For many of these foreigners it took years to come to understanding that. As outsiders, it is easy to deconstruct through discourse the late King’s political role over the decades, without accurately taking into consideration His Majesty the late King’s true impact on his people.

 

Full story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-opinion-the-king-the-man-the-love-59572.php

 
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-- © Copyright Phuket News 2016-10-24

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