Why the King is kept in hospital ?

The question might appears as provocative. But let’s review some hypothesis.

First the fact : the King is in hospital since… september 19. Almost 3 months !

Second : at the beginning, the state apparatus spent a lot of energy to try to divert attention, to water down the reality of the King’s ailment. That was achieved through surreal “daily official statements” (read a few of my previous articles here and there).

Third : the King made 3 public appearances… 2 at the hospital. And the last one was for a very brief address, for his birthday last week (read here).

On december 5, as soon as the speech was over, the convoy of official cars (a VW van for the King) went… back to the hospital. Live on TV.

Now,  let’s go deeper.

1-We can assume without any risk that the King of Thailand would be able to get all doctors and equipments money and modern science can buy. When he wants. And where he wants.

2-It would be rational to assume that the King would prefer to be in his palace,  home, while being treated, rather than in a hospital room.

3-And we can assume, due to past events (the attempts to water down the reality of the health situation), that it would be  in the interest of the state apparatus to continue the same policy. AKA : stability. We could even say : it’s in the public interest. For that matter, It would be perfectly logic to try, as far as possible, to shorten and/or to hide the most visible proof of abnormality, AKA the King’s hospitalization.

Normality = King in his palace (even if very hill). Abnormality = King in hospital.

It’s basic common sense.

So let’s recap… 1+2+3 = ?

Why do they keep the King in the hospital ? Why did they show to the world this convoy of official cars… travelling back from the palace directly to the hospital, right after the royal speech ?

Why such an ostentatious hurry ? Live on all thai TV channels ?

Why they didn’t even try to… pretend ?

It doesn’t make any sense.

Until… well… it makes perfectly sense… AKA = this is exactly what they want to show.

Let’s assume that the whole situation is designed.

What would be their motives ? Who would benefit from this operation ?

The answer seems then obvious : while the King is in the hospital, AKA in a position of weakness, the struggle with the opposition can not resume. The thai people is compelled, in a way, to unite behind its monarch.

To summarize : in order to prevent (political) abnormality, a group of people (?) could paradoxically gamble and play on a… a real abnormality.

What do you think ? Far stretched ?

15 Responses to “Why the King is kept in hospital ?”


  1. 1 joojee 10 December 2009 at 3:26 am

    FOR HIS OWN SAFETY.
    YEA… LONG LIVE THE KING.

  2. 2 David Brown 10 December 2009 at 7:06 am

    what about the rumour that Prem wants to be declared Regent, before or after HMK dies?

    the rumour says HMK is avoiding him by staying in hospital…..

  3. 3 bodhisattva 10 December 2009 at 7:13 am

    Yea, far fetched.

    I´m sure the King is a no brainer after several strokes and can not be shown in public.

    Nothing scares the Privy and the Thai elite more then possibility of the public seeing his humanity and weakness.

    The king has been made god like (Thai´s don´t know anything about Buddha or Buddhism) and for him to “leave” them is like seeing themselves failing.

    The Thai elite will lose all power ASAP the King dies.

    NB: But here can be other explanation for this circus and that is that the Crown Prince has in reality taken over. He has replaced him in all most things outwardly and that way he can be schooled through and the Thai´s get used to seeing him and just might not hate him so much when the time comes that he openly becomes King.

    I don´t know…

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 10 December 2009 at 12:00 pm

    ->bodhisattva : you’re mistaken. “Nothing scares the Privy…” that’s exactly the point.

    What would be the best way to hide the health situation and to pretend that everything is fine ?
    -staying at the hospital
    -or staying at the Palace ?

    Again, I don’t believe we can oppose those 2 places, in technical terms. We can’t say that the King would receive better treatment (men and equipment) at the hospital. If they really wanted to water down the situation, they would just put the hospital inside the palace !

    Don’t forget the timeline : 3 months already. If we can understand that the first weeks, it was necessary to stay at the hospital, to have enough time to organize and to assess the situation, 3 months later it becomes very weird.

    Now I agree, I perhaps forgot one solution : maybe it’s very simple : the King simply wants to stay at the hospital, whatever his reasons might be.

    I assume, from a human point of view, that anybody would prefer receive medical treatment at home, rather than in a hospital. But we might be totally wrong.

  5. 5 bodhisattva 10 December 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Ok, you are probably right, the Palace.

    If you are right then the situation is much more scary then I thought possible.

  6. 6 Randy 10 December 2009 at 7:38 pm

    FYI this article was re-published with respects from PPT. I am in Thailand and able to view this webiste via TOT because I am using a site called. Hide (…..) My (….) Box (….) .com. Give it a try works great. (remove the parenthesis and dots)
    Of course if you are reading this you probably don’t have the issue, but you can pass on the info.

  7. 7 Nurse Ratchedamri 11 December 2009 at 12:49 am

    Yes, far-fetched, but your post and the comments show some good thinking outside the box, which is necessary in Alice in Wonderland-like Thailand.

    I think the reason is simply that his condition is such that he may need immediate access to the broad range of expertise that the hospital offers. Such access cannot be duplicated in the palace. Even being across town is apparently too far away.

  8. 8 Lloyd 11 December 2009 at 2:50 am

    I dont believe there is any conspiracy or secret agenda.

    Its very common for any Monarch or Head of State who has the adoration of the vast majority of the country to keep part of their lives private where appropriate, health issues at an age where one is subject to complications and lengthy recoveries certainly qualify as being appropriate.

    I believe the people of Thailand are more concerned with the idiocy and greed of the current Government and “Elites” than they are about the monarchy. People at all levels are starting to see Sondhi and the majority of so called “monarchists” for what they are and the damage their actions have caused, especially the Governments constant use of bogus laws to stop the peoples right to free speach and protest or the near empty bars and restaurants in Phuket at what should be well into the high season, this is what will cause more trouble than anything else.

  9. 9 Bedwyr 11 December 2009 at 8:18 am

    I believe the people of Thailand are more concerned with the idiocy and greed of the current Government and “Elites” than they are about the monarchy. People at all levels are starting to see Sondhi and the majority of so called “monarchists” for what they are and the damage their actions have caused, especially the Governments constant use of bogus laws to stop the peoples right to free speach and protest or the near empty bars and restaurants in Phuket at what should be well into the high season, this is what will cause more trouble than anything else.

    Agreed. Except that who do you think supports the government in its idiocy and greed?

    However, when Lloyd says “I dont believe there is any conspiracy or secret agenda.

    Its very common for any Monarch or Head of State who has the adoration of the vast majority of the country to keep part of their lives private where appropriate, health issues at an age where one is subject to complications and lengthy recoveries certainly qualify as being appropriate.“, I believe he is making the facts fit a preconception. Thailand exists on conspiracy and deception, it is the national modus operandi.

    I posted a few days ago to the effect that imho a Palace coup has already taken place. Perhaps the comment was considered inappropriate or got lost in the ether or something but it didn’t get posted anyway. In any event, I agree those above who are suggesting the same thing. These are very strange days – even for Thailand where every day is already very strange.

  10. 10 stangoesagain 11 December 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I think images of the ailing King are psychologically preparing the country to the inevitability of the succession, and I think it’s very important for the population not to be caught off guard in the ensuing power struggle.

    While analyzing current motives and possible future alliances is useful, the situation will be very fluid and crucial decisions will be based on things that are largely unreported and unknown. It should be kept in mind when making predictions.

    I’d say that the country would need a balance between preserving the status quo and desire for change. There will be plenty of agents for both and they all should be given space, bar the extremists on both sides.

  11. 11 Lloyd 12 December 2009 at 3:07 am

    One thing that always amazes me is peoples belief in rumors and inuendo. There is one certain fact, the King is ill and that is all anyone outside of his Royal Highnesses inner circle of family and friends can be sure of, the rest is fiction.

    My personal belief is the Thai population will be better off with a Monarchy, but as “Thaksin” said ‘one who will take Thailand and its people forward’. Unity will not come from shared wealth, a new constitution or even becoming a republic, it will be from the strength of the common population whatever they choose.

    Long Live the King, and his Heirs!

  12. 12 Sahtit 12 December 2009 at 6:55 am

    OK, here we go why having a loaded bias can get anyone so far off track. There are very limited medical resources, especially of the highest quality and particularly for specialists I would image, right? If you put those ressource into a place were they cannot be used by the general public then those resources are not available to everyone else… which would be selfish if not done right immoral… don’t be so negative!

  13. 13 Lord HaHa 12 December 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Not the Nation latest satirical articles on Thai current events:

    “Please” Officially Added To “Long Live The King”
    http://notthenation.com/pages/news/getnews.php?id=856

    Thais Saddened Over News That His Majesty Will Not Provide Advice For Them To Ignore Again
    http://notthenation.com/pages/news/getnews.php?id=854

    His Majesty the King Calls For Thailand to Put Man on Moon By 1969
    http://notthenation.com/pages/news/getnews.php?id=858

  14. 14 Tarrin 15 December 2009 at 11:39 am

    Sahtit – you do know that they close down the whole floor right?

  15. 15 Floyd 28 April 2010 at 12:32 am

    My elderly neighbor asked to stay in the hospital longer than necessary because he wanted to stay away from his wife. He couldn’t stand being with her any longer.


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Thailand Crisis

Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.


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