Navy helps scatter ex-PM Samak’s ashes in Sattahip Bay

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The Royal Thai Navy helped family members and friends of late Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej scatter his ashes in Sattahip Bay on Nov. 16.

Samak died of liver cancer in November 2009, and last week, after a suitable time of morning, relatives brought his ashes to the Royal Luang Kraburee ship at the Laemtien Port at Sattahip Naval Base. They then sailed into the bay where his ashes were released with Baisri floats and colorful flowers.

Surat Sundaravej (3rd left) and family say their final goodbyes to former PM Samak Sundaravej whilst scattering his ashes in Sattahip Bay. Surat Sundaravej (3rd left) and family say their final goodbyes to former PM Samak Sundaravej whilst scattering his ashes in Sattahip Bay.

Samak was admitted to Bamrungrad Hospital in Bangkok for cancer treatment, and then died later Nov. 24, 2009.  On Nov. 14, 2010, HM the King graciously designated HRH Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as His Majesty’s Representative to preside over the funeral and cremation ceremony of the late premier at Thepsirintrawas Rajaworawiharn Temple.

Vice Adm. Khanat Thongpoon, commander of Navy Region 1, met the group of 300 relatives and friends led by Samak’s wife Surat.

Samak was born on June 13, 1935 and entered politics in 1973. He is survived by his wife and twin daughters.