Referred to as the “People’s King” or the “Development King,” King Bhumibol made history, not only in Thailand, being the longest reigning monarch, but also in the world, for being an example of humility, leadership, dedication and selflessness. But if you think you already knew everything about him, think again.
Longest reigning monarch
In Thailand’s history, the King was the longest-serving monarch, who served longer than any other in the world did. Before his demise, he totaled 70 years and 126 days in service.
He’s known as a humble king, who never treated himself as someone special or different as the rest of the people. Despite being a humble royalty, he kept the monarchical rule for the country.
Headed the Armed Forces
Being the leader of the country, he also headed the armed forces and served as Thai Armed Forces’ commander-in-chief, giving him control over the armed forces under the Defense Ministry. He ensured the national interest and safety of the people versus any external interests are kept.
As of 2014, he’s fortune was estimated to total $30 billion, the largest wealth no other monarch in the world possesses. His wealth is managed by the Crown Property Bureau, an NGO, which is tasked to mitigate the Royal family’s fund. His wealth isn’t a part of that of the government.
Numerous coups took place in Thailand.
A coup is the people’s classic tradition of exercising their rights when a prime minister isn’t living up and serving to the standards.
But because of keeping the democracy alive in Thailand, he gained respect, support and sympathy of the people, making him one of the most loved and respected leader in Thai history.
Fought illegal drugs
He believed that illegal narcotics circulating in the country is responsible for the increasing number of crimes. In this case, he created special courts to handle narcotics related cases in the country, and in 2003 a law to punish its officials if they failed at meeting the required quota for apprehending the traffickers.
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