Royal Dirt

When Thais meet their King, they must crawl before his feet and recite “ใต้ฝ่าละอองธุลีพระบาทปกเกล้าปกกระหม่อม”  “May the power of the dust on the soles and the dust under the soles of your royal feet protect my head and the top of my head.”

On Friday, the mighty King of Thailand was so gracious and sent some “Royal Dirt” and a wreath to the funeral of the late foreign minister and Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan who died on Thursday at 68 after a sudden heart attack.

What an honor. What a precious gift. What a Blessing! Thanks a million for your “Royal Dirt”.

Who is Surin Pitsuwan

He was a Muslim poor boy from the south “Nakorn Sri Thammarat”. He excelled in school and went to the United states on scholarship to Claremont Men’s College and graduated “cum laude” with a degree in political science. He then went to one of the best schools in USA, “Harvard university” where he received his master’s and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern studies.

Surin served as Thailand’s foreign minister from 1997-2001, and ASEAN Secretary General from 2008-2012.

He did a great job raising his 3 sons “Fuadi, Fikri, Housni” who are well educated with Ph.D. from the best schools.


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