Tight security was provided to guard Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and Cabinet members on Tuesday during their visit to Ayutthaya, where they were due to hold a mobile Cabinet meeting to discuss issues relevant to the Central region.
It appeared that only Prayut and Deputy prime minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan were not required to go through scanning machines before entering Wat Mahathat temple. Others, including 89 monks who came for a merit-making ceremony, were asked to be thoroughly checked.
“In that case, I’m afraid the premier will be the only one who will make merit,” said a temple officer to the security officer, who was not allowed to respond.
The ceremony eventually went ahead before the Cabinet members rode a tram to Ayutthaya historical park, where they opened a market and national artist Kwanjit Sriprajan welcomed them by singing folk songs.
Police Chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda and the commander of the Patrol and Special Operation Division personally oversaw security.
The Cabinet meeting was expected to focus on the repair of 17 piers along the Chao Phraya river, construction of a new motorway and tollway, construction of a station for high-speed trains, land transport in Ayutthaya, tourism development in Saraburi, and water management in Angthong