King's recovery deemed best news for 2014 in Thailand

King's recovery deemed best news for 2014 in Thailand
Well-wishers look toward the building where Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is residing at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok as people gather to pray for his health and celebrate his birthday December 5, 2014.

Bangkok Poll said yesterday that up to 70 per cent of Thais consider news about His Majesty's recovery and his 87th birthday celebrations as the best things that happened this year.

This was followed by news about the National Council for Peace and Order taking power and General Prayut Chan-o-cha becoming prime minister with 8 per cent votes, and the end of protests at 6.4 per cent.

Up to 1,175 people in Bangkok and its vicinity were interviewed for the survey.

The most tragic pieces of news over the past year were rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train (32 per cent), protests led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee supporters and the red shirts (18.6 per cent) and other child rapes/murders (9.8 per cent).

Reports that caught the most attention were the arrest of ex-Central Investigation Bureau chief Pongpat Chayapan and members of his network (53 per cent), rape and murder of the teenage girl on the train (51.7 per cent) and the double murder of tourists on Koh Tao (43 per cent). Most interesting foreign reports were the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (42 per cent), the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa (40 per cent) and the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 being shot down in Ukraine (4 per cent).

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