By The Nation
“I prayed every day to Phra Siamdevathiraj,” he said, referring to the country’s supposed guardian angel. “Otherwise, it would have been even more severe. Countries affected by the storm were all harmed. Isn’t it strange that the storm just moved away from our country?”
Pabuk hit the south last week, sparing key beach resorts from major damage.
The storm damaged houses, knocked down power lines, triggered flash floods in several east coast provinces and left one citizen dead. Tens of thousands of villagers and tourists had to be evacuated to shelters.
Prayut made the remarks at the opening ceremony of an exhibition showcasing the junta’s populist Pracharat scheme on Thursday.
He called on voters to make a good choice in the general election and urged everyone to care for the country before saying that Thailand was a holy land and how praying to gods could possibly save it from any harm.
The remarks drew online ridicule. Some say that if prayers work, the government should set up the Ministry of Magic and make Thailand a superpower. Others say that they also pray for the junta to leave politics but it did not work out.