BANGKOK, 27 May 2019 (NNT) - The Office of the Prime Minister has issued an announcement following the passing of Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda
After the Bureau of the Royal Household’s announcement on Gen. Prem’s passing on May 26, 2019, the government is deeply saddened and has issued guidelines for its officials to mourn and pay homage to the late Privy Council President and Statesman.
1. All government offices, state enterprises, and educational institutes will fly flags at half-mast for seven days, from May 27 to June 2, 2019.
2. Civil servants, state enterprise workers, and government employees will mourn for 21 days, from May 27 to June 17, 2019, with the exception of June 3, which coincides with Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday. Members of the public can join the mourning as they see fit.
The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha,
May 26, 2019
At Government House and other government offices, flags are flying at half-mast as a sign of mourning, following Gen. Prem’s passing.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, lauded Gen. Prem as a venerable person of the Ministry of Defense. He said Gen. Prem’s honesty and loyalty to the monarchy institution have set an example for all Thais, and he is revered among the Royal Thai Armed Forces.
Gen. Prawit added that Gen. Prem’s work principles have been applied by many. Gen. Prem often said commanders must set a good example for their subordinates.
At Government House, civil servants and government employees wore black to mourn and pay homage to Gen. Prem. At about 2 p.m., Prime Minister Prayut proceeded to Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram temple to receive Gen. Prem’s body.
The Commissioner-General of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Pol. Lt. Gen. Sutthipong Wongpin, said the body of Gen. Prem was taken to Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram temple on Monday afternoon.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Sutthipong said roads will remain open to traffic, but officers will facilitate the procession traveling from Phramongkutklao (พระมงกุฎเกล้า) Hospital to Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram temple.
During the seven days of funeral ceremonies at Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram temple, a section of the road between the King Rama V Equestrian Monument and the temple will remain open to traffic to prevent congestion.