GENERAL PREM TINSULANONDA NEWS UPDATES
Upon the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13 October 2016, Prem, at age 96, became regent of Thailand until the coronation of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as King Rama X on October 4, 2019.
Prem was actively involved in many charities, including the Prem Foundation. He established the Prem Tinsulanonda International School, which opened in August 2001 in Chiang Mai Province. The campus covers 90 acres; the student body numbers over 400, with more than 36 nationalities represented.
Prem died of heart failure at Phramongkutklao Hospital on 26 May 2019, aged 98. King Vajiralongkorn ordered a period of mourning at the royal court for 21 days from 27 May to 17 June 2019.
General Prem remained loyal to Thailand and the King his whole life, and he is one of the greatest Statesman in Thai history.
of General Prem
By Ms. Vasana Nanuam
Published: by Post Books, Bangkok.
Council President General Prem Greets US President Bush
President George Bush is greeted on a recent visit to Thailand
by Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda who delivered
flowers on behalf of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama
IX (as reported in Daily News)
Prem said he decided to forego the traditional reception at
his Si Sao Theves residence for well-wishers on his 88th birthday
next Tuesday when top military leaders and senior police officers
usually turn up at his residence to convey birthday greetings.
situation in the country is still not good,'' he was quoted
as telling a military staff officer to notify leaders of the
The source said the reasons for his decision not to hold the
usual reception were the chaos in the country due to political
problems, disunity, continued rallies by the anti-government
People's Alliance for Democracy and ongoing violence in the
addition, the country was busy in preparation for the cremation
ceremonies for Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.
source said Gen Prem did not want to be viewed as supporting
certain military officers ahead of the upcoming annual military
calls on media to bring out truth
Council president Prem Tinsulanonda called on the media to bring
out the truth to public and keep the countrys interest at
heart. Gen Prem stressed that the public should not work for the
benefit of any particular groups. He added that they should know
what to do to help restore peace in the country. He also said
that Their Majesties the King and Queen are the father and mother
of the nation, thus the Thais should think carefully what they
should do to repay them.
(BangkokPost.com: Aug 9, 2008)
worries about conflicts facing the Thais
Council president Prem Tinsulanonda expressed concern about recent
clash between Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD) supporters
and its opponents. He said he does not know much about the detail
of the clash, but does not want to see the Thais fighting against
each other. But Im certain that they (Thais) will
join hands when the right time comes, he said. - (BangkokPost:
July 26, 2008)
Shinawatra gives Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda
a wai at the funeral rites for the mother of army commander
Gen Anupong Paojinda Thursday night. Its the first time
the two have met since Sept 2006. Bangkok Post - May
Prem gives blessings ahead of Songkran
Top military brass, senior police officers and
interior ministry staff visited privy council president Gen Prem
Tinsulanonda on Thursday morning ahead of the Songkran Day holidays.
From his Si Sao Tewes residence, Gen Prem gave his blessings and
urged all military officials to set up a good example for the
public by showing co-operation and learning how to forgive.
He also underlined the importance of being true to oneself and
to the country and to heed His Majesty the Kings advice.
April 10, 2008
Prem denies any involvement in Sept. 2006 coup
royal adviser General Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday dismissed speculation
that he was involved in the seizure of power on September 19,
Nation: March 28, 2008
Prem praises PM's hard work
council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda has praised Prime Minister
Surayud Chulanont for all his "hard work and determination"
in trying to set the country on the right path towards democracy.
Gen Prem also expressed belief that His Majesty the King, who
is currently at Siriraj Hospital where he is recovering from medical
treatment for a condition known as cerebral ischemia, is concerned
about the welfare of all Thais as well as the problems that they
Gen Prem then spoke about his concern for the country, saying
he wished all sides could work together for the sake of the nation.
Post: Oct 17, 2007
Referendum vote will clear the political air
country's political landscape will be clear after the constitutional
referendum next Sunday, says Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda.
Bangkok Post: Aug 12, 2007
may take UDD to court
to decide soon on defamation charges
NANUAM WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM
Bangkok Post: July 26, 2007
Gen Prem Tinsulanonda is considering whether to take legal action
against the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD)
for defamation, said a source close to the Privy Council president
yesterday. The source said Gen Prem was compiling evidence and
would soon decide whether or not to file defamation charges against
nine key anti-coup figures.
His move comes after the UDD staged an anti-coup rally outside
Gen Prem's Si Sao Thewes residence on Sunday. The protest culminated
in violent clashes between demonstrators and police.
The UDD leaders, comprising mostly executives of the People's
Television station (PTV) and former members of the disbanded Thai
Rak Thai party such as Veera Musikhapong and Jakrapob Penkair,
have strongly criticised Gen Prem for allegedly engineering the
coup d'etat on Sept 19 last year which toppled the government
of Thaksin Shinawatra. They also demanded Gen Prem resign as Privy
''Gen Prem is still undecided. He is considering whether to sue
them [key figures in the UDD] for defamation,'' the source said.
''If Gen Prem decides to proceed against them, he will certainly
make the decision known to the public,'' he added.
Gen Prem yesterday gave an interview to reporters for the first
time since the demonstration on Sunday, after presiding over an
event on counter-corruption organised by the Royal Irrigation
Department at Amporn Gardens near his Si Sao Thewes residence.
Gen Prem said he had not been demoralised by the UDD's criticism
of him but he was concerned about the ongoing political problems
facing the country and wanted peace to be restored.
''I have been working a lot for the good of the country and I
will continue to do so until the last day of my life,'' he said.
The source said Gen Prem was not receiving anyone who wanted to
give him moral support for the time being, after Prime Minister
Surayud Chulanont and Council for National Security chairman Gen
Sonthi Boonyaratkalin visited him on Monday.
calls on politicians to put nation first
Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday called
on all political groups to sacrifice their own interests for the
sake of national reconciliation and stop blaming each other for
the country's problems
Bangkok Post: May 18, 2007
Protestors know limits and have Thailand's interest at heart
PM Surayud Chulanont & General Prem at the Army Club on March
Ref. Bangkok Post: March 25, 2007
says good leadership should have moral integrity
and company executives who overlook principles of moral integrity
could cause damage to society as a whole, Privy Council president
and statesman Prem Tinsulanonda said. He was speaking yesterday
at a seminar on morality also attended by Privy Councillor Kasem
Wattanachai and Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont.
Gen Prem urged everyone to recognise the significance of morality
and spread the word as often as possible.
People should set a good example for children to follow and be
brave enough to come forward to distinguish good deeds from bad,
''Currently, we have been talking only of globalisation and nanotechnology,
and how to make use of them to enhance human comfort and maximise
profits at the expense of moral development,'' he said.
Post: Jan. 27, 2007)
in Public Administration
On-line book by General Prem
tells cavalry to build peace
Commanders pledge to carry out their duty
Council president Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday called on cavalry
commanders to restore peace in the country and be single-minded
in their resolve. Himself a cavalry man, Gen Prem made the call
to 84 commanders who converged on his Si Sao Teves residence for
traditional New Year wishes and blessings.
''The present situation is tough,'' he said. ''But it's a good opportunity
for us to show that we are soldiers of the nation, of His Majesty
the King, that we will not deflect or stand by idly, that we will
do everything to bring peace and happiness to the country,'' he
said. ''That sacrifice of everything to show gratitude to the motherland
is a New Year joy that soldiers will bring to the people, for the
people and His Majesty the King,'' Gen Prem added.
Supreme Command chief-of-staff Gen Songkitti Chakkrabat led the
cavalry commanders from across the country in commending Gen Prem
for his sacrifices and in pledging that they would carry out their
duties for the nation.
The group included former classmates of deposed prime minister Thaksin
Shinawatra at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School who
have been transferred to non-command posts.
Among them are Lt-Gen Sanit Prommas, former commander of the 2nd
Cavalry Regiment who is now a special adviser to the defence permanent
secretary's office. Also in the group was Lt-Gen Pirun Phaewpolsong,
a special adviser to the Office of the Supreme Commander (OSC) who
earlier was deputy commander of the OSC's Armed Forces Security
Prem said he was not as happy this year as in other years because
the situation in the country was not normal. He added that 2007
will be a tougher year for all military men as they have to help
keep peace in the country as well as carry out their normal duties
of protecting national sovereignty and the monarchy, and engaging
in development work.
In private conversations with a few cavalry commanders later, Gen
Prem also urged them to do everything in their power to protect
the people and the country, a source close to him said.
Gen Prem visited all the armed forces and made keynote speeches
during the months of tension which culminated in the coup d'etat
of Sept 19, which overthrew the Thaksin government.
Meanwhile, Gen Prem's secretary, Vice-Admiral Pachun Tampratheep,
said Gen Prem remained on good terms with former prime minister
Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, who has been critical of the Council
for National Security (CNS) and the interim government of Gen Surayud
''Lately, they have talked over the phone more often as they have
something to discuss in their collaboration for the country,'' Gen
Prem's secretary said. ''But as to what they discussed, that is
their affair,'' added Vice-Adm Pachun. The two former prime ministers
have worked closely on national issues for a long time, he said.
Vice-Adm Pachun said it was natural that his boss did not want military
colleagues to develop any conflict. However, he said, ''I can't
confirm if Gen Prem has talked to Gen Chavalit about his differences
with the CNS. Only the two of them know what issues they've discussed.''
The vice-admiral said that as far as he knew there was no conflict
between Gen Chavalit and the CNS. ''It was news reports that led
to misunderstanding,'' he said
blasts bombers as low lifes
Council president Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday denounced those
behind the New Year's Eve bombings which took the lives of innocent
Gen Prem yesterday broke his silence about the eight city bomb
blasts in front of leading armed forces and police authorities,
provincial governors, local leaders and businessmen who visited
his residence in this northeastern province to pay their New
The former prime minister criticised the bombers for causing
damage to the country to advance their own interests and those
of their cronies.
''They are low-life people because they could kill three people
they never knew,'' he said. ''If they do not like the government,
the CNS [Council for National Security] or me, they should go
after the right targets, not innocent people. ''Those bombers
are crazy,'' he said.
The blasts also injured 42 and so far no one has claimed responsibility.
Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and CNS leaders doubt southern
insurgents were the masterminds. Their main suspects are people
linked to politicians who lost power and want to discredit the
coup-makers and the government.
Gen Prem called on provincial governors and opinion leaders
in local areas, including monks and teachers, to use their positions
to help local people understand the intentions of the bombers
and efforts of the government to protect the national interest.
Post Jan 7, 2007
SPEAKS AT NCCC's ANNIVERSARY
busters warned to be 'wary of women'
Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda has warned the members
of the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) about being
tricked by money and women into betraying their integrity. Women
were being used as a tool to lure some commissioners into negligence
of duty when they came to considering the cases of some corrupt
politicians or senior officials, Gen Prem said.
Bangkok Post - Nov. 18, 2006
likens 'selfless' Surayud to Churchill
minister was willing to step in and take up the running of
the country at a 'critical moment in its history' Privy Council
Presi-dent Prem Tinsula-nonda yesterday likened Prime Minister
Surayud Chulanont to Britain's wartime premier and statesman
Winston Churchill for selflessly taking up the leadership
challenge under trying times.
spoke about sacrifice that showed that he had to sacrifice
for the country. Surayud is like Churchill in becoming the
prime minister without any design but doing it for the country,"
Prem said. Political leadership should be about suppressing
self-interest rather than amassing power to satisfy greed
and temptation, said the chief adviser to His Majesty the
King, drawing on the experience of Churchill. "Churchill
is the embodiment of sacrifice as he was tasked to lead England
during World War II," Prem said. Dire circumstances saw
Churchill taking up the prime minister's mantle, while Surayud
was appointed premier amid the despair of social division."I
believe both Churchill and Surayud did not expect to assume
power but were willing to serve the motherland," he said.
War II broke out because no more than 10 people were obsessed
with power and tried to conquer the world, he said, quoting
Churchill. While here, turmoil erupted because of runaway
power. He was speaking on the topic of political development
and reconciliation at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology
touched on the characteristics of a national leader, saying
he must maintain high morals, understand public problems and
know how to solve them, persevere with an athlete's spirit
and not allow himself to succumb to power and avarice. "Leaders
must not be obsessed with power and cling to it. They must
know the word 'enough' and appreciate the King's sufficiency
economy philosophy. All these qualities of good leaders will
unify the nation." He
reiterated he was confident Phra Siam Thewathirat, the Guardian
Spirit, was watching over the country."Phra Siam Thewathirat
will curse bad people to their end and to meet grievous suffering
for the rest of their lives," he said.
by Surayud, he officiated at the opening of an exhibition
to honour His Majesty before delivering his speech to 1,000
students and faculty. He suggested a 10-point code to promote
social harmony and national unity. Key elements include putting
the public before personal interests, being honest, upholding
the law and justice, ensuring transparency, not equating wealth
with goodness, being ready to admit mistakes, striving for
national security and repaying the motherland. ---Ref.
Nation Nov 16. 2006
inevitable for any leaders to lose power one day"
Gen. Prem to Khunying Pojaman
Oct. 26, 2006
'ace legal expert'
NANUAM, Bangkok Post, Oct. 25, 2006
Council president Prem Tinsulanonda said Mr Meechai Ruchupan was
an ''ace legal expert'' and honourable person who would be a ''good
president'' of the NLA.
supports revival of two southern agencies dissolved by previous
Council President Prem Tinsulanonda Tuesday voiced support for the
government's plan to revive two agencies in charge of tacking southern
violence, which were dissolved by the previous government. Prem
said the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre and the
joint Civilian-Police-Military Command 43 were two agencies, which
were working well in solving the southern problem. The dissolution
of the two agencies was blamed for the resurging of violence in
the deep South. Prem said if the government adapts the two agencies
to fit with the current situation, they should be able to tackle
The Nation: Oct 24, 2006
Sayam Thewathirat always protects good people and condemns bad
Oct. 5, 2006
Council president Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday obliquely likened
the ousted former prime minister to Adolf Hitler when he issued
a stern warning against exploitation of national resources for personal
benefit. In a lecture to medical students at Chulalongkorn Hospital,
he emphasised the importance of national unity. ''World War Two
occurred because of Adolf Hitler and only a few syndicates who were
holding on to power to rule the world. Our country also has such
people,'' he said. ''But the nation is sacred. People who think
of using it for personal or group benefits will end in misery because
Phra Sayam Thewathirat [the country's guardian spirit] always protects
good people and condemns bad people to ceaseless suffering,'' he
and Queen grant audience to Gen. Prem and leaders of the CDRM
Majesties the King and Queen grant an audience to leaders of the
Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy, which
is led by General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, on Wednesday. Privy Council
President General Prem Tinsulanonda is seated with his back to
the camera. --- Royal Household Photo - 9/21/06
won't meet anti-Thaksin group leaders
Sept. 6, 2006
Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda will not be receiving
the People's Alliance for Democracy and an anti-Thaksin network
led by Sungsidh Piriyarangsan at his residence on Saturday,
Gen Prem's secretary, Vice Admiral Pachun Tampratheep, said
He said Gen Prem does not need any encouragement from the PAD
or the network.
Vice Adm Pachun said Gen Prem will be busy on Saturday. The
elder statesman also will not accept personally a letter of
support from the groups because doing so would be inappropriate
for him, given his status as Privy Council president.
According to Vice Adm Pachun, Gen Prem said he already had plenty
of moral support and did not need any more.
given more 'evidence of interference'
Sept. 2, 2006
of the four senior military officers facing investigation
after they petitioned Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda
against alleged political meddling in this year's military
reshuffle submitted additional documents to Gen Prem yesterday.
The two who called on Gen Prem yesterday were Air Vice-Marshal
Prasit Tananakin and AVM Surakit Jantasen. The other two petitioners
are Lt-Gen Witsanu Prayunsorn and Rear Adm Itthichai Sripan.
Prasit said the documents submitted to Gen Prem yesterday
contained the opinions of former election commissioners, academics
and legal experts, all of whom agreed that once a royal decree
calling a general election took effect, the caretaker government
must consult the Election Commission (EC) prior to ordering
appointments or transfers of senior state officials, including
military officers, in an annual reshuffle.
said the government should heed the opinions of these legal
experts, adding that he did not want to see this year's military
reshuffle run into trouble like what happened to the government's
bid to privatise the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand,
which was subsequently nullified by the Administrative Court.
However, caretaker Defence Minister Thammarak Isarangkura
na Ayudhaya yesterday said there was a cabinet resolution
which exempted the reshuffle of senior military officers and
public prosecutors from being subject to prior consultation
with the EC. AVM Prasit also said the petition submitted to
Gen Prem was a personal plea for the elder statesman to help
stop political meddling. It was not a formal petition, he
Thammarak on Thursday ordered a disciplinary investigation
of the four senior officers, accusing them of bypassing normal
military procedure for petitioning against a superior officer
outside their agency. AVM Prasit also denied that Bannawit
Kengrian, deputy defence permanent secretary, was behind the
move to petition Gen Prem for help.
Bannawit is a contender for the post of defence permanent
secretary soon to be vacated by Gen Sirichai Tunyasiri.
Disasters will befall the ill-intentioned
Sept. 1, 2006
always befall people with ill intentions of exploiting the nation
for their own benefit, Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda
said yesterday. He made the remarks to conclude a 40-minute lecture
at the Air Force Academy attended by a 640-strong audience including
senior air force officers.
nation is sacred. People who think about using it for personal
benefit or group benefits will be met with misfortune,'' said
the elder statesman.
Sayam Thewathirat (the nation's guardian spirit) always protects
good people and condemns bad people to a life of suffering,''
Gen Prem said.
remarks, shown on a projector screen, were seen as a curse on
bad people. That they were put into writing was thought to add
to the effect.
his lecture, Gen Prem recited well-known remarks of His Majesty
the King and urged his audience to heed them. One of them was
the royal advice in 1969 on supporting good people and keeping
bad people from rising to power: ''There are both good and bad
people in our country. No one can make everyone a good person.
Keeping the country in peace and order is not about making everyone
good, but about having good people govern and preventing bad people
from rising to power and causing trouble.''
Prem noted that paying respect to bad people was more dangerous
than ignoring good people. ''There are more dangers in paying
respect to bad people because it means we're part of their bad
conduct,'' he said.
Prem also recalled the royal advice on honesty and avirodhana,
or adherence to righteousness _ the 10th duty of Dasa Rajadhamma
(10 duties of leaders), which served as a foundation for all good
also emphasised his earlier message that one should not kowtow
to anyone simply because they were rich. ''We should consider
how they have amassed wealth and if it is through moral means
or corrupt means. We distinguish who we should respect and who
to avoid,'' he said.
topic of ethics and morality has dominated his lectures given
previously to the army, and at the Naval Academy and the Chulachomklao
Royal Military Academy. He said he always discussed the matter
of professional soldiers because he wanted to make sure that soldiers
understood their roles and duties.
Prem was yesterday accompanied by former supreme commander Gen
Mongkol Ampornpisit and two former air force chiefs ACM Paniang
Kantarat and ACM Kan Pimarnthip.
won't be drawn on 'saving PM's life'
Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday refused
to be drawn over the suggestion by a group of 100 ''grassroots''
people that he could help save the life of caretaker Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Gen Prem said he was not disturbed
by the group's call.
hold on to the dharma principle that we shouldn't bother to
react to any false story. It's because I haven't done anything
wrong. And I've never planned to do anything bad. Sometimes,
we just have to tolerate things and remain indifferent,''
source at Gen Prem's residence said the group of 100 people
who claimed to be Mr Thaksin's grassroots sympathisers yesterday
seemed to try to link Gen Prem with the recent alleged bomb
plot near Mr Thaksin's residence. ''They apparently tried
to draw Gen Prem into the dispute,'' said the source.
is Gen Prem's 86th birthday today. As usual, he opened
his residence yesterday to welcome well-wishers - mostly leading
military and police figures.
group that called itself the Grassroots Group arrived at his
residence in 10 mini-buses. They handed a letter addressed
to Gen Prem to his secretary, Pachun Tampratheep, asking Gen
Prem to help save Mr Thaksin's life and bring peace to society.
in the group were men seemingly under the influence of alcohol.
Vice-Admiral Pachun said he wondered why they came to give
the letter to Gen Prem. ''What do they want? Is there any
hidden agenda? I expect these people won't even remember who
brought them here after they sober up,'' he said.
top military officials who came to wish him a happy birthday,
Gen Prem said leaders must live a life that set a good example
for their followers. Leaders must foster harmony and unity
among the people they lead. ''I say this because I think it's
time to warn you guys,'' Gen Prem told the group led by caretaker
Defence Minister Thammarak Isarangkura na Ayudhaya.
police chief Kowit Wattana also led senior police officials
to visit Gen Prem yesterday. Gen Prem said police are entrusted
with the vital duty of protecting the country from vice. At
the same time, they must ensure justice
pours scorn on money politics
Academics urge focus on 'crisis of ethics'
WASSANA NANUAM & AMPA SANTIMATANEDOL
Post: Aug. 19, 2006
Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday poured scorn
on money politics, saying leaders won't be able to solve national
problems unless they set their hearts on the task.
elder statesman mentioned no names in his speech to open a seminar
marking the 58th anniversary of Chulalongkorn University's faculty
of political science.
Prem cited poverty across the country and violence in the deep
South as problems that could not be solved without love and
solve national problems, especially difficult ones such as poverty
and unrest in the three southern border provinces, if we have
neither love nor goodwill for the poor, and neither love nor
goodwill for people in the three southern border provinces,
but only use money and what is stylishly called 'strategies',
it will be hard to succeed," said Gen Prem, a former army
chief and prime minister, as he outlined what he called the
nine paths toward successful leadership.
other "paths" he mentioned included adherence to a
single standard of lawfulness and legitimacy, application of
Buddhist principles, observance of Thai identity, and a broad-minded
attitude to what is fair and just.
Prem also stressed the need for leaders to be righteous, ethical
and honest. They also must make sacrifices, believe in loyalty,
and do good deeds for their motherland.
yourself what you, as a Thai, have done for the good of our
country and what you have done that is bad for our country.
Promise to yourself that you will protect this land in accordance
with your duties and responsibilities, and then you will not
do anything that will damage Thailand," he said.
Gen Prem told reporters afterwards that the higher a leader
stands, the more he has to be strict with himself. But he refused
to comment on the current political situation in the country.
army chief visit far South
Post: Aug. 14, 2006
PATTANI - Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda
led a delegation of senior officials to visit the insurgency-plagued
region on Monday to make merit and meet local authorities and
religious leaders as violence continues unabated in the region.
Accompanied by Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen.
Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, who has recently been assigned to oversee
the security operations in the violence-torn area, Gen. Prem is
scheduled to make merit to mark the 60th anniversary celebrations
of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne through cash
donations to 10 temples and mosques in the three southern border
provinces as well as Satun and Songkhla provinces.
leads army top brass in show of unity
Officers celebrate anniversary of school; interference in reshuffle
By Wassana Nanuam
Post: Aug. 6, 2006
Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday led all
key past and present army top brass at an event at their former
school, in what was seen as an attempt to show the unity of
the army. Gen Prem did not talk to the press during his participation
in the 119th anniversary of the Royal Military Academy in
Muang district of the central province of Nakhon Nayok. It
was the first time for a few years that he had joined the
event, and sources close to him said the former prime minister's
decision to go this year was aimed at fostering unity, amid
reports of attempted political interference.
Gen Prem kept quiet, army chief Sonthi Boonyaratkalin told
reporters the presence of all officers would remind them of
the old days in the school where they stayed together, so
they would realise the importance of unity.
Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over
the ceremony. Key figures taking part in the event included
Privy Councillor Gen Surayudh Chulanond, caretaker Defence
Minister Gen Thammarak Isarangkura na Ayudhaya, defence permanent
secretary Gen Sirichai Tunyasiri, Supreme Commander Ruangroj
Mahasaranont and members of Class 10 of the Armed Forces Academies
Preparatory School, the class of caretaker Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra. That class also included chief of the
First Army Region Anupong Paochinda, who is seen as refusing
to toe the line with the government. Gen Sondhi refused to
comment on this year's list of top military officers to be
slams 'unethical leaders'
Soldiers again warned where their loyalty lies
By WASSANA NANUAM
Post: July 29, 2006
leaders should have no place in Thailand, Privy Council president
Gen Prem Tinsulanonda said yesterday.
a special lecture given to 350 naval cadets and some high-ranking
navy officers at the Naval Academy in Samut Prakan yesterday,
Gen Prem said it is important for national leaders to have
ethics and morals.
good people have ethics and morals. Bad people don't. People
who work in public office or those who are commanders and
leaders, in particular, must embrace ethics and morality otherwise
things will collapse. There will be corruption, favouritism,
nepotism and greed if leaders lack ethics and morals.
who have no ethics and morals are bad people who are full
of greed. They may want to live comfortably with a lot of
money. But if they have acquired wealth through illegal or
unethical means, they no longer deserve to be in this country,"
said Gen Prem, a former prime minister.
also reminded the navy officers that they "belong to"
His Majesty the King and the country, and not to the government.
Their foremost loyalty should always lie with the country
and the King.
my lecture to army cadets two weeks ago, I told them about
who owns the soldiers. This time, I have to make it clear
again that we soldiers belong to the country and to the King.
A government supervises soldiers in compliance with the policy
declared to parliament only," said Gen Prem, adding that
he was referring to a government in general.
his special lecture to some 950 cadets of the Chulachomklao
Royal Military Academy at Khao Cha-ngoke, Nakhon Nayok province,
on July 14, Gen Prem touched on the issue of where the loyalty
of military officers should lay. He likened the government
to a jockey and soldiers to horses, saying jockeys come and
go, but the owner of the horses stays the same.
Prem was accompanied to the Naval Academy by three former
chiefs of the navy - Adm Chumphon Patjusanon, now also a privy
councillor, Adm Prasert Bunsong and Adm Prajet Siridej.
He told the gathering to respect good people and shun those
who get rich through illegal and unethical means.
social values are wrong. For example, people respect those
who have money without caring whether they have acquired it
through ethical means or not. We should not wai individuals
who make money illegally. Samlor (tricycle) and taxi drivers
are more respectable than those individuals," he said.
Prem urged the navy officers to follow the good examples of
Adm Chumphon, Adm Prasert and Adm Prajet - professional soldiers
who kept their distance from politics.
also quoted US Gen Douglas MacArthur's famous line, "Old
soldiers never die," to remind the officers that they
should strive to be professional soldiers.
source said Gen Prem was invited by the three armed forces
to give his special lectures. A lecture to air force officers
is scheduled for next month.
'belong to King'
Council chairman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday likened the
government to a jockey and soldiers to horses, saying the jockeys
come and go, but the owner of the horses stays the same. In
a special lecture to around 950 cadets at the Chulachomklao
Royal Military Academy (CRMA) in Khao Cha-ngoke, Nakhon Nayok,
Gen Prem said the soldiers belonged to His Majesty the King,
not a government.
Prem rejects NRC proposal of 2nd Language
Privy Council chairman General Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday
rejected the National Reconciliation Commission's proposal that
Yawi, or Malayu, be used as a second official language in the three
southern most provinces as part of a wider strategy to bring peace
to the region.
urges Thais to adopt self-sufficiency economy as advised by His
Council Chairman General Prem Tinsulanonda Friday urged all sides
to apply the lessons of His Majesty the King's speeches, especially
on the self-sufficiency economy, to solve the country's poverty.
gave a speech at a seminar hosted by the Foundation for International
Human Resource Development on the creation of a learning society
according to His Majesty the King's initiatives and his self-sufficiency
His Majesty had been talking about the "New Theory"
for more than 20 years but people at the time gave little interest,
as they were keen on becoming a newly industrialised country,
people had turned to and become confident in this theory, which
had never been out-of-date and would remain applicable in the
future, he said.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who conferred the
Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award on His Majesty on
May 26, said at the Foreign Affairs Ministry that if human development
meant to prioritise people, nothing was greater than development
according to His Majesty's guideline," he added.
the country's greatest problem was poverty, using the self-sufficiency
economy theory would help solve it, said Prem.
urges national unity
senior statesman and Privy Council president, General Prem Tinsulanond
on Friday urged all parties to make peace with one another and
use the traditional Thai New Year to turn to each other for
after he cast his advance vote for next week's Senate election
at Bangkok's Dusit district, the highly-respected former prime
minister gave blessings to well-wishers, urging the public to
use this special occasion to come to terms with each other to
settle all disputes.
year is different from previous years as the country is in need
of love and unity. The Songkran festival is an appropriate occasion
for people to turn to each other and help solve the country's
problems," General Prem said. "I urge all sides to
sacrifice and use love and harmony to end the national problems
for the sake of national interest."
won't meet top brass (Songkron 2006)
and Privy Council chief Gen Prem Tinsulanonda will keep his
Si Sao Theves residence closed even to top military leaders
during this year's Songkran festival, a source said yesterday.
Prem will return to his home province of Songkhla on April 12-13
to pay his respects to his late parents and ancestors. "Given
the current political situation, Gen Prem thinks it would be
improper to open his residence. Politics is in a state of chaos,"
said the source. According to the source, Gen Prem is concerned
that his speech, usually made during the traditional meeting,
might be exploited. "And military leaders' neutrality is
being questioned. First they were okay, but now they're not
quite politically neutral," said the source.
the past few years, Gen Prem opened his residence to a limited
group of 30 people due to health reasons. Prior to that, Gen
Prem accepted hundreds of military officers who turned up to
offer him their best wishes for Songkran, the traditional Thai
NANUAM, Bangkok Post.
optimistic on near future
and President of the Privy Council Gen. Prem Tinsulanond believes
the country's political situation now will begin to improve.
Responding to journalists' question whether he viewed the country's
political situation would improve from now on, Gen. Prem, who
is also a former prime minister, said briefly: "I think
also expressed his optimism that peaceful order would return
to the Thai society in time for state and royal events to be
organised in June to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty
the King's ascension to the throne, and asked journalists to
play their role in helping bring peace and order back to the
pray for that. You all should also help restore peaceful order
in the society in time for the auspicious events," the
head of the Privy Council told journalists.
Prem's remarks followed caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin's decision
to step down from office Tuesday evening.
Prem casts his vote in advance
On Saturday March 25, 2006 Privy Council President General Prem
Tinsulanonda cast his vote in advance for the April 2, 2006 snap
election. He also urged voters to go and exercise their voting
the Nation first, says Prem
Prem urges people to instil ethics in youngsters
City must care for its poor
Choose role models carefully
Good leadership requires ethics, morality
Heed my words on peace
prime minister calls for unity at Pattani ceremony, as five
killed in ongoing violence
joins the fight to tame rebels
and Privy Council chairman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda will today
join together with public organisations in the restive far South
to declare their intention to fight the insurgency in a bid
to bring back peace to the region.
urges army to restore peace
and Privy Council chairman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda has urged the
military to do its best to bring peace back to the South and
to stay out of politics. He also lauded the police for their
improved performance during the tenure of national police commissioner
Pol Gen Kowit Wattana.
Social sanctions needed on the corrupt
Gen Prem Tinsulanonda yesterday revived the King's famous quote
reminding people to stick to moral principles, and suggested
weeding out the ''bad eggs'' responsible for deep-rooted corruption.
Doing good deeds in a society filled with wealth-oriented values
is very hard to achieve, Gen Prem said.
His Majesty's advice, public urged
Prem Tinsulanonda has once again hammered home his plea for the
nation to follow His Majesty the King's call for Thais to help
save their country from falling into the hands of bad people.---By
WASSANA NANUAM, Bangkok Post, August 9, 2005
urges orphans from far South not to lose hope
Council chairman and statesman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda has advised
Muslim orphans in the deep South to come to terms with the deaths
of their parents, stay focused on their studies and learn the
Thai language so as to instil in themselves a love for their country.
---By WASSANA NANUAM, Bangkok Post, July 30, 2005.
urges govt to keep conscience
Statesman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda has pleaded with the government
to keep a clear conscience, saying it is not genuinely committed
to good governance if it merely observes the law but still flouts
ethical and moral principles.---By Mongkol Bangprapa, Bangkok
Post, July 10, 2005
help keep the military dignified and respectable. As long as the
military is reputable, our country will be full of love and unity."
--- General Prem Tinsulanonda talking to Thai military leaders
during Songkron 2005
1, 2005. Thai Prime Minister Taksin (left) meets with General
Prem Tinsulanonda, the Privy Council Chairman, at his Sisao Theves
residence recently to discuss His Majesty The King's suggestions
for solving trouble in the South
Prem's 83rd Birthday Concert
Album by General Prem
ties to cement regional peace and stability
the 'traitors' in drug trade, says Prem
Elevated to President of the Thai Privy Council
Prem donates B6m, composes for homeless