“I shall lead Thailand to the best of my abilities,” said General Prayuth Chan-o-cha. “Our beloved Thailand will return stronger.”
“We have the Thai compassion that cannot be found anywhere else in the world,” the prime minister added. “[The virus] cannot destroy the goodness and unity of the Thai people.”
In contrast to yesterday’s announcement, a maskless General Prayuth today spoke slowly and deliberately to update the nation on the impending state of emergency, which will start tomorrow, March 26.
While there are no words on a possible curfew, the prime minister said stores will remain open and asked the people not to hoard on food products.
From tomorrow onward, the government will make one daily announcement to avoid mistakes and confusions. General Prayuth urged citizens to put trust in the government and for the media to report on its public announcement.
Speaking of social media, General Prayuth said that social media and the government should act as a team, working together to filter the right information to the public.
However, he also warned that anyone who takes advantage of the public during these difficult times will face severe punishments.
Furthermore, the prime minister said stricter measures will be introduced in the following days. He also also assured the public that under the state of emergency, they might lose some liberty, but it’s for the good of society and strict measures are for protecting the people.