Dealing with death

8 06 2017

The military dictatorship has decided – or perhaps the king has decided – to kill three birds with one stone. Yes, puns are intended.

In a brain wave that may be a brain fade, it is “encouraging Thai citizens to join in a merit-making ceremony in tribute to King Rama VIII and King Rama IX this Friday at the Royal Plaza, Dusit Palace.” And, oh, almost forgot, “concurrently offering their blessings to Queen Sirikit.”

The ceremony is to “observe the anniversary of the passing of King Ananda Mahidol and the succession to the throne of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on June 9…”.

By “passing,” they elide the whole deal: gun shot death, the accusations by royalists and the Democrat Party that Pridi Phanomyong did it and his exile for life and the execution of three innocent people for the “murder.” King Bhumibol never explained his role, although others reckon he was responsible.

Forget that all of this is a mammoth propaganda construction; but then so is the whole monarchy a house built on lies and large dollops of taxpayer money and the support of the corrupt military. Forget it and join the king’s Supreme Patriarch as he leads “195 high-ranking Buddhist monks in chanting holy stanzas, dedicating merit to the two monarchs and also offering well-wishes to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign.”

The king “has kindly conferred prayer books on officials who are responsible for distributing them to public members participating in the merit-making ceremony.” We wonder if he knows about the family skeleton in the golden cupboard.

The junta says this is a “good opportunity for Thai people to express their loyalty to Kings Rama VIII and Rama IX and reminisce about their contributions to the nation…”. Perhaps they can reflect on Bhumibol’s political interventions.


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