Public told to ignore Royal funeral donation message
THE government has warned netizens not to forward or share 20,000 baht donation message to sponsor a nightly Royal funeral, saying it was untrue, Thai PBS said this morning.
The online messages were widely spread since Monday, soliciting donations to sponsor the funeral of His Majesty the Late King in a program not yet announced by the Bureau of the Royal Household.
Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd asked the public to ignore the messages being spread online asking people to contribute 20,000 baht to support a night of the funeral.
According to Khaosod, the spokesman said the Bureau had yet to establish any means by which the public could contribute to the funeral.
Meanwhile the Department of Special Investigation has coordinated with Thai embassies abroad through the Foreign Ministry to keep track of six to seven groups of Thais who have allegedly posted messages in the social media deemed defamatory to the Monarchy.
Justice Minister Paibul Kumchaya said that background information about the groups and their activities would be sent to the Foreign Ministry for distribution to Thai embassies of the countries where these groups have been taking refuge.
He admitted these groups of Thais are beyond the reach of Thai law and, hence, it would require special relationship between the Thai government and the governments of the host countries in order to deal with the groups.
The minister said he supported the efforts of the National Security Council chief Gen Thaweep Netniyom to resort to all means and channels to bring these groups to justice or to put an end to their slandering of the Monarchy.
Top: Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern warning the public about donation message. Photo: Thai PBS