Najib arrives to pay last respects to King Bhumibol

Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa & Bernama

Modified 22 Oct 2016, 12:45 am

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak arrived in Bangkok tonight to pay his last respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week.

Najib, who is also finance minister, had flown from Kuala Lumpur soon after tabling the 2017 Budget in Parliament.

His arrival via a special aircraft at the Royal Thai Air Force's (RTAF) Dong Mueang airbase at 9.40pm (local time) and was received by Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Nazirah Hussain.

Accompanying the prime minister were his wife Rosmah Mansor, Plantations, Industries and Commodities Minister Mah Siew Keong and other senior government officials.

Najib and wife are scheduled to pay their last respects to the widely-revered late King Bhumibol at the Grand Palace tomorrow, beginning with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall.

The Malaysian prime minister will also sign a condolence book at the Main Hall of Bureau of the Royal Household before ending his visit to the Grand Palace.

He will depart for home later tomorrow.

King Bhumibol died at 3.52pm last Thursday, while receiving treatment at the Siriraj Hospital following years of poor health. He was 89.

- Bernama

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