Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Sunday urged mourners not to reprimand public members who did not wear black or white clothing as a sign of mourning.
“People should not watch attentively for a mistake as if they [who did not wear black or white clothing] do not feel grief. Please look at their intention,” he said.
In the past few days, there was a stir in social media criticizing those who did not wear black and white dresses. They were lambasted by social networkers as failing to show respect to the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on Thursday.
They may have other factors such as economic problems or it was hard to get the clothes as they were sold out quickly, Sansern said.
Sansern suggested public mourners that they wear sombre and respectful clothing if they cannot get black or white clothing to wear as a sign of mourning.
Black or white ribbons or bows can be put on arms and chests as a sign of mourning, he added.