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  • NEWS

    Prawit delays sending sub purchase to cabinet

    Published on 15/07/2015

    » Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Wednesday ordered the navy to delay sending its submarine purchase proposal to cabinet for approval, amid concern about opposition to the project.

  • NEWS

    Prawit off to China to build defence ties

    Published on 05/04/2015

    » Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will visit China on Wednesday, and a Defence Ministry source said a planned submarine purchase is in line for discussions with Beijing.

  • NEWS

    Thailand, China deepen defence ties

    Published on 24/04/2015

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, agreed on Friday to foster defence relations between their armed forces.

  • OPINION

    Credibility lost over sub

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/04/2017

    » The handling of the purchase of submarines from China was extremely distasteful. By refusing even to tell the country what it was doing, the cabinet has raised several questions and reduced its credibility. The arrogant and unnecessary argument that "the public doesn't have to know everything" about cabinet proceedings is insulting.

  • OPINION

    Budget Rethink?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Our dear cabinet recently approved a budget to buy 10 made-in-China tanks worth two billion baht while key members also seem keen on a plan proposed by the Royal Thai Navy to buy three submarines worth 36 billion baht. While I'm sure these dear sirs exercised their sound rationale before agreeing to such big purchases for the sake of Thailand's security, IMHO, with utmost respect, I would like to point out that there are other more beneficial ways the money could be used too.

  • OPINION

    Navy's 'toys' indefensible

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, the minister for defence, has confirmed the Royal Thai Navy will spend 13.5 billion baht for one Chinese-made submarine, delivery guaranteed in 2017. Plans to spend 27 billion baht for two additional subs have been approved in principle. It is a disappointing rejection of both public and expert opinion that opposes the long drawn-out plan to equip the navy with submarines on every conceivable ground imaginable.

  • OPINION

    Seat belt confusion

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/04/2017

    » I fully support the wearing of car seat belts in an effort to increase passenger safety; but would someone in authority please clarify in simple terms the latest rules regarding seat belts and the carrying of passengers in vehicles?

  • OPINION

    Cabbies' identity crisis

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/04/2017

    » It would be wonderful if some readers more well informed than I, and ideally from the Bangkok Taxi Drivers Association, could perhaps let us and other readers know the "street rules" and general modus operandi to successfully manage to hire a conveyance in the name of a taxi in Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    Lying to yourself

    News, Postbag, Published on 05/04/2017

    » Re: "Army chief apologises for soldier's death", (BP, March 4).

  • OPINION

    France finds it tough to rid itself of political corruption

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 09/03/2017

    » Political corruption in France is common, and usually -- if the politician is at or near the top of the political game -- unpunished by law. Yet the 2017 presidential election may mark something of a revolt against a semi-aristocratic disdain for the public whose tax euros have long been plundered for private or party use.

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