Nearly two decades ago, a journalist asked the King how he wanted to be remembered. He replied that he cared very little about how history remembered him. He said, “If they want to write about me in a good way, they should write how I do things that are useful.”
In the eyes of His Majesty, doing things that were useful meant finding a way to solve the proble
ms that affected real people. And, as the King saw it, the only way to know what was useful – and to understand th
e problems people were facing – was to get out into the field, into the places where people lived. So the King travelled constantly within his country, in particular to the poor and rural parts, where he would develop thousands of development projects to help the people.
But it wasn’t about the place his Majesty went but it was also about how he journeyed there. He made a point of meeting directly with locals – be they fishermen, rubber or rice farmers, or primary school students. When he met with officials, he would choose those working at the very grassroots levels – agronomists, schoolteachers and policemen.
His Majesty felt that being useful meant helping to fix the problems that he encountered, and empowering the Thai people to do the same. He had an incredible mind with many diverse skills.
Over the course of his life, he registered nearly 40 patents and trademarks – often for inventions that he built, tested, and modified himself – and most of which aimed at tackling everyday problems faced by the poor. This is completely extraordinary.
His Majesty considered all the people of Thailand to be his family. How fortunate the Thai people were to have had His Majesty as a member of their family. And how fortunate we are to be able to learn from the way that this remarkable king chose to live his life.
His Majesty’s many activities showed his selflessness and strong concern forthe well-being of Thai citizens. His actions and his words are not liked the image we have of fairy tale kings.
Through the many pictures we can see of his journeys, it is evident that he lived a life that was well balanced between his family, his people and his country. The values that he has taught us will remain the core binding feeling in ourselves forever.
“We will love you eternally. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten,”
We are proud to be born in the reign of Rama IX
In the name of school management, parents, teachers, students and staffs of Anglo Singapore International School.
By: Julie Sutanto
Director of Schools