Communicate online to extend wishes

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul in a message on the occasion of the Thai New Year conveyed her wishes to Thais residing in Brunei Darussalam. “May all be healthy, happy and strong to cope with the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak,” she said.

The message added: “I wish to take this opportunity to extend our deepest appreciation to the Brunei Government for efficiently controlling the outbreak of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam and effectively disseminating important information to the public including all foreigners residing in Brunei Darussalam.

“Traditionally, the Thai New Year is celebrated by visiting the elders in the family and pouring water in their hands for blessings. However, the Thai Government cancelled the national holiday and discouraged Thais from visiting their elders because of COVID-19.

“We are all saddened that our New Year traditions are put on hold this year especially to Thais residing in Brunei Darussalam who are unable to travel back to Thailand due to travel restrictions. However, I want to remind everyone that we are protecting our elders by not visiting them as they are most vulnerable to this virus. On this matter, I advise Thais to communicate online instead with their families and friends in extending their New Year well wishes.

“I would like to ask for the kind cooperation from Thais in Brunei Darussalam to strictly follow the regulations and laws implemented by the Brunei Government during this period to support the government’s effort in controlling the outbreak. I would also like to remind everyone to maintain good personal hygiene by frequently washing hands and practice social and physical distancing. I urge Thais to be updated with the latest information provided by the Royal Thai Embassy in Brunei Darussalam which can be accessed from the embassy’s website or Facebook page Royal Thai Embassy, Bandar Seri Begawan.

“I commend with respect the doctors, nurses, paramedics and healthcare personnel for your hard work and sacrifices contributing to your countries during this crisis.

“Thailand stands committed to cooperate bilaterally with Brunei Darussalam and collectively under ASEAN in fighting against this pandemic. It is crucial for ASEAN to stand strong and united because collective measures are required to control the outbreak of COVID-19 in our region.”

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul. PHOTO: ROYAL THAI EMBASSY IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM