Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed the Malaysian people’s sincere and heartfelt condolences over the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
“On behalf of the Malaysian people, I wish to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the royal family, government, and people of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej,” he said in Facebook posting.
Najib said King Bhumibol was a towering presence whose contribution to Thailand, and the rest of the region, was beyond words.
“We join the Thai people in mourning his loss,” he added.
King Bhumibol, 89, passed away at the Siriraj Hospital at 3.52pm as announced by the Royal Household Bureau on Thursday.
The King, who had reigned for 70 years since 1946, had been in the hospital receiving treatment since Oct 3, 2014.
World leaders have also expressed their condolences to the Thai people as they mourn the loss of their beloved King Bhumibol.
UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon expressed his “deep condolences” for the Royal family, the government, and people of Thailand, acknowledging the King’s dedication to unifying the country.
“The secretary-general expresses his hope that Thailand will continue to honor King Bhumibol’s legacy of commitment to universal values and respect for human rights,” a statement attributable for his spokesperson said.
US President Barack Obama said the king was a close friend of the United States and a valued partner of many US presidents, recalling a meeting with the King during a 2012 visit to Bangkok.
“His majesty leaves a legacy of care for the Thai people that will be cherished by future generations,” a statement released by the White House read.
“The American people and I stand with the people of Thailand as we mourn His Majesty the King’s passing, and today we hold the Thai people in our thoughts and prayers.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry joined President Obama in expressing his condolences to the Thai people, saying their King “will be long remembered and will be deeply missed”.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he remembered the King as a “highly gifted and gentle person,” expressing his “deep sorrow” at his death.