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    Expressing loyalty for His Majesty with prayers

    Expressing loyalty for His Majesty with prayers
    By Wannapa Khaopa
    The Nation
    Published on December 3, 2010


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    For three months now, 19-year-old Nontawat Pankaew has been taking his grandmother to Siriraj Hospital, where she joins a group of senior citizens who pray for His Majesty's health.
    Though most of the people sitting in vigil for their beloved King are elderly, one does catch sight of many youngsters hanging about giving moral support.
    With a childhood dream to serve the monarch, Nontawat is happy to spend almost every day at the hospital with his granny, Thanom Chomphoo, 75.
    "I'm really happy that I, as a rural man, can have the opportunity to pray for our King. In the past, whenever I drove my motorcycle past his image in front of a market in my home town in Krabi, I uttered 'Long live the King' in his honour. But now, I can shout it out when he passes by, smiling at us," the teenager said.
    Even though he has to attend classes at Ramkhamhaeng University, Nontawat told The Nation that he tries to make as much time as he can to go to the hospital.
    "I have always dreamed of serving the Royal Family. I love them," he said. This is probably the reason he did not think twice when he was asked to escort his granny to Siriraj Hospital, which he has done since August.
    "My friends in university have often asked me why I spend most of my days here. All I can say is that I want to do something for the King."
    Nontawat said he had caught glimpses of His Majesty several times when he left the hospital to attend to his royal duties.
    The prayer group has about 30 members, with Thanom the oldest. However, her age is no problem. Thanom says she tries to make it to Siriraj every day, even though she has to ride a public bus from Bangkok's Bang Khae district to the hospital. "While His Majesty is there, I will try to go to Siriraj every day until I am not strong enough to travel."
    Apart from this group of loyal subjects, a Cambodian family told The Nation that they often wrote get-well wishes for His Majesty.
    "My three-year-old daughter's lungs have to be checked by a doctor here every three months. We respect the King, and every time we come here, we sign the book to wish him good health," said the 37-year-old father, Mien Pao.
    "Even though we are not people of this country, we work here, so we feel that we are his subjects."
    He added that his daughter referred to His Majesty as Pho Luang or father of the country, and paid obeisance every time she saw his image.
    So far, more than 1.09 million get-well messages have been signed since June 1, an officer in charge of the process at Siriraj said. He added that since last Saturday, 7,000 to 9,000 messages were signed daily compared with the previous 4,000 to 5,000 because people wanted to send their best wishes to His Majesty before the country celebrates his birthday on Sunday.

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    Re: Expressing loyalty for His Majesty with prayers

    Want to be in part of prayer also, for 22 years now i've got the empression by his image and good work.Merry Christmas!

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