On how to hail the king

8 07 2020

It isn’t often that we see an English-language example of the way in which, over several decades, officials have been tied to the monarchy. However, in one of the Bangkok Post’s paid PR columns, Asst Prof Dr Sommai Pivsa-Art’s rise to President at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi details of the effort to tie high-ranked officials to the throne. This has been particularly effective in the military but also in the judiciary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and among medicos and in universities.

Sommai;s appointment is said to be bestowed by “His Majesty the King.”

A ceremony was held for Sommai “to receive the Office of the Prime Minister announcement delivered by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sujira Khojimate Vice President.” The announcement stated:

As Mr Prasert Pinprathomrat on 4 December 2019 submitted his resignation from the President position at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi bestowed on 27 August 2017 and signed on 4 September 2017, Asst. Prof. Dr. Sommai Pivsa-Art was bestowed the position of President at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi by Appointment of His Majesty the King. His Majesty the King has issued a royal command to appoint him as President at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, effective from 8 March 2020. The royal command is countersigned by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

Sommai then responded to the “royal command,” saying:

As His Majesty the King bestowed the appointment on me, Asst. Prof. Dr. Sommai Pivsa-Art, to be promoted as President of Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, it is the highest honour for me and my family to be grateful for His Majesty’s kindness. On this occasion, I would like to extend best wishes to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua for joyful longevity with excellent health and happiness during his reign. I, Asst. Prof. Dr. Sommai Pivsa-Art, President of Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, would like to take an oath to work with maximum capacity to serve His Majesty the King with optimum knowledge and skill, along with honesty, dedication, and diligence, to deliver work progress and gather Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi people to create and develop the university to reach prosperity and receive wide recognition in society, communities and at national and international levels, following His Majesty the King’s footprints, and adhere to morality and virtue.

All hail the feudal lord.


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8 07 2020
David Shiel

So tiresome

8 07 2020
thaipoliticalprisoners

Indeed it is.

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