—Thiti­nan Pong­sud­hi­rak, Thai po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist and As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor at Fac­ulty of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence, Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity, Bangkok.

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Un­like the tra­di­tional, es­pe­cially Western idea of monar­chy where the king is a despotic ruler who wields unchecked pow­ers over his sub­jects, the Si­amese form of

By Huza­ima Bukhari & Dr. Ikra­mul Haq monar­chy boasts of a benev­o­lent per­son who is looked upon as a fa­ther-fig­ure by the peo­ple - a fa­ther who nur­tures his chil­dren with lov­ing care and af­fec­tion and pro­vides them with the much needed

Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn, the to-be King of Thai­land se­cu­rity that comes from a sound econ­omy and pro­tec­tion from en­e­mies. Since 1238, Si­amese rulers have been the cus­to­di­ans of their peo­ple and have car­ried ti­tles as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces,

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