Sunbelt Asia joins the nation in mourning HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
We at Sunbelt Asia would like to express our condolences to the Kingdom of Thailand and to the Thai people as the funeral of His Majesty King Rama IX approaches. The funeral will be held on Thursday, October 26 – a day of national mourning which will see shops, malls, government offices and businesses close to pay respect to this great king and to give the Thai people a chance to bid him farewell.
His Majesty King Rama IX was devoted to his country and to his people, a true Renaissance man, he was a scientist, a musician, a tireless campaigner for improving the lives of the Thai people.
His Majesty King Rama IX created the Royal Projects to give poor farmers and mountain people the ability to grow cash crops and create their own handicrafts without a middle man taking much of the profit. In the highlands it gave mountain residents a chance to move away from growing illicit drugs to growing cash crops and reaping the economic benefits of independence.
He pioneered the idea of a sustainable sufficiency economy years before others saw the benefits, he understood that for a country to truly prosper unlimited growth was not healthy. Also ahead of his time, he was green because he saw the importance of healthy alternatives for growing crops.
He promoted education around the country and believed that the key to Thailand's development was in the education and health of all of its people, he worked to ensure that even the most remote villages had education opportunities. He was a strong believer in lifelong learning and developed the “learn wisely” method; that is, to study for wisdom, learn what can be of real use with no harm, do a thorough study of the subject in an impartial manner without bias.
His Majesty King Rama IX was a scientist with over 20 patents, he patented rain making techniques, and he patented a technique to convert palm oil to bio diesel. His scientific accomplishments were many and all done to improve the lives of the people of Thailand.
He was a brilliant musician, composing many wonderful jazz pieces, and had many famed jazz musicians come and join him in performing his pieces including jazz greats Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton and Benny Carter. He composed a total of 78 songs over a period of five decades. In 1964, the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna named the king an honorary member _ the first Asian composer to be granted the honor.
He was a keen animal lover and did much to promote Thai breeds of dogs over the more popular imported breeds. In fact, his New Year's photo was often of him and his favorite dogs.
He was a devoted husband and father and lived his life with integrity and honesty. He was a role model for not just the people of Thailand but of the world.
His Majesty once said, “Integrity is the root of all good things. This is something that should be taught to our children to promote their growth into a good person with a life that is full of prosperity and stability.”
He was a humble man, saying, “The prosperity and happiness of the nation and the people are not the achievement of any single person – it is a cooperative effort.”
We at Sunbelt Asia agree, we must all work together for the Kingdom of Thailand and we join the nation in mourning the loss of our beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej.