Thailand's Strength of the Land
any Thai to Select one day in a year that is of utmost
importance for the country. No matter where in the country,
or to whom the question is raised, the answer will always
be December 5.
Not because of the day's significance
as the country's National Day, in fact, many Thais tend
to overlook this fact. All Thais, However, direct their
thoughts towards the one person who has been the focal
point of love, respect and affection over the past four
decades and more.
As time passed, and thereby uncountable
events and crisis, the Thai people have come to realize,
and to be aware of their great fortune for being the
subjects of the land ruled by the great and benevolent
monarch whose main interest has always been his people.
During the May crisis, this outstandign
fact was poignantly driven home among the Thais, and
puzzled observers all over the world. His Majesty the
King's intervention to stop the bloodshed, with immediate
effect, was nothing short of a miracle that brought
great joy to the Thais and enthused the world.
On the evening of May 20, 1992, about
50 million Thais were watching television and felt included
in the historic audience granted by His Majesty the
King to the Former Prime Minister and his opponent,
Former Palang Dharma Leader, at the height of the conflict
with the use of force against prodemocracy demonstrators.
During that dark moment, His Majesty the King's words
clearly echoed the people's sentiments.
".....looking at the situation,
we could earlier identify objectives of the confronting
sides. However, after over ten days, the confrontation
took a dangerous turn, no matter how it is to be
solved. It has taken considerable human toll, and
caused tremendous damage to public and private property.
Spiritual and damage was unspeakable. So, as of
now, no matter how the incident developed and from
what causes, things have fundamentally changed.
Should the confrontation prolong, the country could
be wrecked. This country that we have built up for
such a long period, to be respected and admired,
would become insignificant, or carry a bad name
with it forever. This has become increasingly obvious.
We have to start sorting out differences, and try
to solve them. Problems facing us these few days
are now changed from political issues. The main
problem is not over the assumption of office, but
the handing-over of power....."
".....what is urgent now is no
longer the amendments to the constitution, but public
safety and morale. The people everywhere are concerned
over their personal safety, and the future of the
country, which could beunredeemable....."
".....whenever a conflict
emerges, for instance in a home. When it develops
into a violence, involved parties often forget themselves,
and the causes of conflict. So they end up fighting
without knowing the cause, nor the prblem they try
to solve. Each side wants to emerge victiorious.
Who wins? No one. All become losers, those in the
confrontation, and worst of all, the community,
the country, the people. Conflict cannot be contained
to just one area. Should Bangkok be damaged or ruined,
the whole country would suffer. So, what is the
use? What is the benefit of a victory on top of
From that moment on, through each step
taken on the path back to normalcy and democracy, His
Majesty the King clearly showed his interest in following
up the development, from the dissoulution of the House
of Representatives, the inauguration of the newly-elected
House, the appointment of the new coalition government,
along with the people's hope and aspiration. For His
Majesty, the people come first as the focal point of
all activities, political, economic. diplomatic, or
cultural. The people's well being has to be first and
foremost in the minds of public servants of all types.
The message has been clear in His Majesty the King's
speeches to the Parliament and the new Government.
His Majesty the King himself has observed
the principle of public well being from the beginning.
This goes beyond public pledges or commiments. if has
become the rule of the land and the principle of the
reign. The bond of love has kept the Kingdom intact.
No matter what happens, the Thai people
can look up to one person, His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej, the ture strength of the land.