People In Phuket Pray for King's Recovery
His Majesty, the King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, sick with a lung infection and fever, is being treated at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. The response of the public is quite amazing; various different spiritual groups have responded with prayers and wishes for the King’s quick recovery.
The Thai-Chinese religious groups and Muslims held mass prayer meetings in Phuket to pray for the King’s recovery. Thousands of well-wishers crowded outside Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital and events have been organized around the country in honor of the king.
Over a thousand Muslims gathered in prayer at the Dubai Mosque, Koh Kaew, which is also the location of the Phuket Islamic Office. And in the evening, over a thousand Thai-Chinese lit candles and prayed for the King in a ceremony at the Jui Tui Shrine. This display of faith and hope of the people united together for their monarch is wonderful.
The King seems to be revered and beloved by most Thais. Indeed, he has repeatedly brought calm in times of turbulence and is considered the country’s moral authority as well as a unifying figure.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej has reigned through a score of governments, democratic and dictatorial. In his six decades on the throne, he has taken an especially active role in rural development and is respected for his dedication to helping the country’s poor.
The King’s condition does seem to be improving; his fever has been reduced and his lung infection seems to be responding well to medication, as shown by chest X-rays.
The devotion of the people to their leader is inspiring and quite different from the apathy countries like the USA and the UK seem to have towards their political leaders. This seems to show how the people are far more united and share common values, despite any differences.