An elementary school girl became the first person to sit in the chair of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in his office at Government House on Children’s Day today (Saturday).
Chotika Mungmee, a grade 3 student at Wat Rat Singkhon School, told the media that she intended to sit in the chair today and woke up at 5am to arrive at Government House early. Accompanied by her grandmother, she arrived at about 6am, before the gates had opened.
The girl said that she chose to visit Government House because she likes the prime minister and wanted to take a picture with him and wish him good health.
Accompanied by their parents and close relatives, many children showed up at Government House, with most of them hoping to sit in the prime minister’s chair. Queuing started before 7am.
Unfortunately for Chotika and several other children, the prime minister was not present, but a life-sized cut-out of the prime minister was placed next to his chair for the children’s photo ops.
Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister Anucha Burapachaisri said that the prime minister had expressed concern for children and urged parents to teach their kids how to avoid accidents and to create safe environments for them.
Numerous government agencies, as well as the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, organised activities to entertain children today. Similar events were also held in provinces across the country.
Shopping malls also laid on entertainment and promotional activities.