Singaporeans join Thais to pray at Bukit Merah temple

Mr Harbans Singh was one of two representatives from the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore, at Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist temple in a prayer session for the late King Bhumibol. A sombre crowd, mostly dressed in black, paying their last
Mr Harbans Singh was one of two representatives from the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore, at Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist temple in a prayer session for the late King Bhumibol.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Mr Harbans Singh was one of two representatives from the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore, at Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist temple in a prayer session for the late King Bhumibol. A sombre crowd, mostly dressed in black, paying their last
A sombre crowd, mostly dressed in black, paying their last respects to King Bhumibol at the Royal Thai Embassy, where they also signed the condolence book for the late monarch.PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Mr Harbans Singh was one of two representatives from the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore, at Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist temple in a prayer session for the late King Bhumibol. A sombre crowd, mostly dressed in black, paying their last
President Tan signing the condolence book for King Bhumibol, calling him "an exceptional monarch who cared deeply for his people". Dr Tan headed directly to the Royal Thai Embassy after returning from a state visit to Norway.PHOTO: MCI

Thais and Singaporeans alike showed up yesterday evening at Wat Ananda Metyarama - a Thai Buddhist temple in Jalan Bukit Merah - to pray for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The Thai monarch, who reigned for 70 years, died on Thursday at age 88.

The mood was sombre as the crowd of about 100 people, mostly in black, clasped their hands and chanted prayers in front of the King's portrait in a one-hour session led by Buddhist monks.

Housewife Thatib Duangporn, 38, a Singapore permanent resident from Chiang Rai, came with her Singaporean husband and seven-year-old son.

She said: "I'm very sad he's gone.

DEEPLY MISSED

King Bhumibol was a good friend of Singapore. Our defence relations thrived and deepened while he was on the throne... People-to-people ties also flourished. His Majesty will be greatly missed.

DEFENCE MINISTER NG ENG HEN, in a Facebook post.

"I cried. He was the best king. He helped poor people and always thought of the Thai people."

Also present by invitation were two representatives from the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore - secretary and Buddhist representative Sam Poo, 56, and Sikh representative Harbans Singh, 86.

Mr Singh said of the late King: "He always cared for his people like family. He's been an apostle of peace and harmony in Thailand."

Earlier in the day, President Tony Tan Keng Yam went directly to the Royal Thai Embassy after returning to Singapore from his state visit to Norway. He wrote in the condolence book that the late King was "an exceptional monarch who cared deeply for his people".

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, who also went to the embassy yesterday, said in a Facebook post: "The grief of the Thai people is great as His Majesty was deeply loved. King Bhumibol was a good friend of Singapore.

"Our defence relations thrived and deepened while he was on the throne...People-to-people ties also flourished. His Majesty will be greatly missed."

 

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