Najib: Malaysia to send ‘highest representation’ for Thai King’s funeral (14.10.16)


Malaysia will be sending its “highest representation” to attend the funeral of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

“We are looking for the details of the funeral arrangement. Yet to be informed because of it is a period of mourning and also the certain time and date alloted to world leaders.

“But, in principle we have to send representation at the highest level because of closeness of our relationship and of course he is a very highly respected monarch. So i think it is important for us to show our respect by sending representation at the highest level,” he told reporters when met after a UITM event today.

In a statement yesterday, Najib expressed his condolences to the people Thailand for their loss.

“We hope the continued success of Thailand will also be dependent upon the unity of the people of Thailand.  So we will play our part and we express our deepest condolences and I will express (this) directly to the government of Thailand,” the Pekan MP added.

Najib said that King Bhumibol was a key figure in Thailand and played a big role in the country’s stability.

“We know how much he is loved by the people of Thailand and how revered he is and how important a role that he played in the stability of Thailand,” he added.

King Bhumibol reigned for seven decades after ascending the throne in 1946. The Thai government announced yesterday that he had passed away.

The palace did not give a reason for his death but he had been sick in hospital with various ailments for much of the past year.

His son, the 63-year old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is expected to become Thailand’s new king.

Source: Malay Mail Online

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