On 5 April, Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, together with Thewin Wongwanich of the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) and well-known painter Chalermchai Khositphiphat, held a press conference on ‘Love Songs of the Land’, an event to be organized from April to August to allow people to show their loyalty to Their Majesties the King and Queen who had long worked for the good of the Thai people.
‘Their Majesties and the royal family do everything for the good of the country. The monarchy has been with the Thai people for more than 100 years. All of us must therefore protect the monarchy, because the institution has secured peace in the country. All of us must be loyal to all members of the royal family, because they do everything for the people. The royal duties cover three areas: national security, improving the quality of life and tackling poverty, and protecting natural resources and the environment. This event will be a good opportunity for all of us to pay homage to HM the King and all members of the royal family, wish them long life, and do good for the country which is currently somewhat plagued with problems. But the problems are considered petty, and I think that they can be solved. I think that 60 million Thais will never allow anyone to offend the monarchy or attack the country. I’d like to invite the people to do good and protect the monarchy. Everybody has the monarchy and loyalty in his heart, and the institution has been with us since we were born. We have to make our children understand that the royal family has contributed immensely to the country. Without their past contributions, we would not be here today,’ Gen Prayuth said.
Gen Prayuth told reporters that television channels, including Channels 5 and 7, and radio stations under the army’s control were responding to the wish of Princess Chulabhorn to see broadcasts covering royal duties for 10 minutes each day.