Anyone who has ever backpacked through the land of smiles knows that the Thai people love their king (or at least put his picture everywhere). The world’s longest-reigning monarch doesn’t normally involve himself in the country’s messy political upheavals, but King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 82, is finally speaking out after seven weeks of sometimes lethal protests.
His Majesty the King addressed the nation’s newly-appointed judges on Monday, telling them to perform their duties with honesty to help bring peace to the nation.
“To perform judges’ duty is important for the people. It is very important for you to help uphold justice and national order. If you strictly follow the oath you have taken, that will definitely help restore peace to the nation,” His Majesty said in the nationally televised address.
“There may be some people in the country who forget to perform their duty. You should set an example by doing your job with honesty and faithfulness,” he said.