Around 1,500 supporters visited the Kaew Fah temple in Nonthaburi, just outside Bangkok earlier this week to witness a phone-in by the former PM. Thaksin, who turned 60 on Sunday, sang a song to the crowd about his life in exile, accompanied by a slideshow featuring his formal presentation of robes to monks.
According to a report by The Nation, Thaksin then addressed the crowd, saying: “I thank you for attending my 60th birthday. May the boon from the merit-making ceremony bring you prosperity and happiness and I wish the merit made today will allow me to return home to serve you once again.”
A hologramic image of Thaksin was beamed onto a large screen at the Kaew Fah temple from Dubai, where he is currently living in exile. The ceremony was chaired by Thaksin’s sister Yaowapha and her husband Somchai Wongsawat along with a number of political figures in such as Deputy House Speaker Apiwan Wiriyachai,Pheu Thai and spokesman Prompong Nopparit.
The ceremony focused largely on religious ritual such as merit-making and Somchai Wongsawat set cattle as well as placing eight coins in each of the attending monk’s alms bowl as eight is believed to be a lucky number for Thaksin.