Australian Michael Hammill Walks from Koh Samui to Bangkok to Honor King
KOH SAMUI – 46 Year-Old Australian tourist Michael Hammill, is walking from Koh Samui to Bangkok in order to pay respects to King Bhumibol at the Grand Palace.
After Hammill heard about the passing of the King last Thursday he decided to head to the capital on foot to join Thais mourn the late King at Bangkok’s Royal Palace.
He arrived on the mainland at Don Sak, with a black sports outfit and a portrait of the late King with a message reading “Walk for King”. Drivers seeing him walking offered him a ride but he declined their generosity.
Mr Hammill said he felt the same way as Thais over the loss of the King and has set his sights on signing a condolence message at the Grand Palace.
Hammill plans to walk about 50 kilometres a day. If he is able to maintain the pace, he will arrive at the Grand Palace in the next 15 days.
Meanwhile, Australia’s TV Channel 10 network has apologised for what was seen as inappropriate content in a weekly TV show and will edit it out for future showing, as requested by the Thai ambassador.
Chirachai Punkrasin, the Thai ambassador to Canberra contacted producers of the weekly TV show Have You Been Paying Attention? and asked for removal of portions dealing with Thailand. He said it was “very inappropriate, disrespectful, and certainly not amusing”, Australian media reported online.
Paul Anderson, chief executive officer of Network Ten, on Wednesday wrote to the ambassador, offering an apology and the company’s deepest condolences to the Thai Royal Family and people of Thailand on the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
“In no way was any disrespect intended and we sincerely regret any distress caused,” a Ten spokesman said, the Sydney Morning Herald Online reported.
“The video has been taken down from Ten’s website and other social channels, and will be edited to remove this segment, prior to the episode being broadcast or made available again.”
By Supapong Chaolan | Bangkok Post
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