King asks Thais to work for common interest

King asks Thais to work for common interest

Thailand’s revered and beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej has asked his subjects to work with utmost efficiency and for the benefit of the public interest.

King Bhumibol, who has been hospitalised at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital since September 19, initially with a lung infection and fever, said in his New Year message televised late Thursday that Thais who love their country should dedicate themselves to carrying out the tasks they have before them to the best of their ability.

Most importantly, faithful Thais must realise that the common good is long-lasting and benefits everyone, the monarch said. The common good creates happiness for individuals and the country as a whole as wished by everyone.

The king also thanked his subjects for their concern for his health.

Accompanied by cabinet members, senior government officials, representatives from the private sector and foreign diplomats, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on New Year’s Day signed get-well books for His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace.

The commanders of Thailand’s three armed forces — army, navy and air force – were also present.

The Grand Palace has allowed people to sign the book expressing wishes for His Majesty’s speedy recovery from 7am to 5pm Friday. Well-wishers will each receive a royal calendar for 2010 as a souvenir. (TNA)