King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927-2016

Singapore deeply saddened by Thai monarch's death

The Singapore Government conveyed its condolences to Thailand yesterday following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88.

The world's longest-serving monarch died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital yesterday afternoon.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Singapore Government is deeply saddened to learn of King Bhumibol's death.

REACTIONS FROM WORLD LEADERS

TOWERING PRESENCE

King Bhumibol was a towering presence whose contribution to Thailand, and the rest of the region, is beyond words. We join the Thai people in mourning his loss.

MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK

TIRELESS CHAMPION 

As the revered leader and only monarch that most Thais have ever known, His Majesty was a tireless champion of his country's development and demonstrated unflagging devotion to improving the standard of living of the Thai people.

US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 

TRAGIC NEWS

There has been tragic news. The King of Thailand has died. We offer deep condolences to the people of that country.

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MARIA ZAKHAROVA

"His Majesty King Bhumibol was an outstanding and deeply revered monarch. Throughout his long reign, he worked tirelessly for the betterment of the Thai people," the statement said.

"His Majesty King Bhumibol also made great contributions for the enduring friendship between Thailand and Singapore," it added.

The ministry also said that King Bhumibol's devotion to the Thais will "long be remembered and respected both in the Kingdom of Thailand and around the world".

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean also penned a condolence message on his Facebook page.

In it, he conveyed deepest condolences to Queen Sirikit and the people of Thailand on the death of King Bhumibol.

"His Majesty was a wise and much loved monarch who did much for the people of Thailand," wrote Mr Teo, who is Acting Prime Minister as PM Lee Hsien Loong was on an official visit to Australia.

"He also contributed much to strengthening the good relations between Thailand and Singapore."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2016, with the headline 'S'pore deeply saddened by Thai monarch's death'. Print Edition | Subscribe