President Halimah to attend Thai King's funeral

President Halimah Yacob will attend the funeral of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok next week.
President Halimah Yacob will attend the funeral of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok next week.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

President Halimah Yacob will attend the funeral of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok next week.

She will attend the royal cremation ceremony of the late monarch, who died in October last year after seven decades on the throne, at Sanam Luang, a public square in front of the Grand Palace.

The funeral of King Bhumibol will take place over five days, and about 250,000 mourners are expected to attend it.

The cremation ceremony will be held on Oct 26.

Madam Halimah, who will be accompanied by her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, will be in Thailand on Oct 26 and Oct 27, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) yesterday.

Officials from the President's Office and MFA will also accompany her on the visit.

During her absence, Mr J. Y. Pillay, chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, will exercise the functions of the President.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2017, with the headline 'President Halimah to attend Thai King's funeral'. Print Edition | Subscribe