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  • OPINION

    Old formula, same results?

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/08/2019

    » After a continuous slowdown over the past five years, Thai economic growth is expected to reach a new low this year. Given the grim outlook, economists and observers are wondering why the government insists on clinging to the same old "stimulus" formula, which has done little to improve the economy in the long term or lift it out of the doldrums. Some have even called it a formula for failure.

  • OPINION

    Bring peace to Rakhine

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/08/2019

    » This week in 2017, a horrified world witnessed the beginning of brutal raids on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state by Myanmar military and security personnel, which prompted members of the minority group to flee their villages en masse. They crossed the border into Bangladesh before ending up at refugee camps in the southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar.

  • OPINION

    NACC makes bolder calls

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/08/2019

    » Despite being an independent public agency, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has been questioned over its political impartiality many times over the past five years. While it has proceeded with cases against politicians from the ousted Pheu Thai government with speed, it has either dropped or handled at a snail's pace cases involving the former military regime and its allies.

  • OPINION

    Dugong marks plastic tragedy

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/08/2019

    » The tragic death of Marium, the baby dugong, is a testament that more efforts are needed to deal with plastic waste.

  • OPINION

    PM must heed democracy

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/08/2019

    » After facing pressure from the opposition to explain his incomplete oath recital, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has come up with a new strategy to deal with the hot-button issue concerning the legitimacy of his government: Running away from it.

  • OPINION

    Weaponising fake news

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/08/2019

    » Both the army and the new government seem to have been troubled by what they described as waves of "fake news".

  • OPINION

    Demolition plan off track

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/08/2019

    » The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has unveiled a plan to tear down a large number of old railway stations to pave the way for the construction of double-track railways, without considering the fact that most of them are national heritage buildings. This is wrong.

  • OPINION

    Tiny parties, giant power

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/08/2019

    » After a week of what must have been intense negotiations with a small coalition party bloc on their quota of political positions, the administration of Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has managed to survive, for now. These small parties, however, will remain a thorn in the side of the coalition government given its razor-thin majority.

  • OPINION

    Unsafe vans must be axed

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/08/2019

    » Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob never seems to run out of ideas, and many have caught the attention of both the public and media. However, quite a few have prompted questions about their practicality, such as a 15-baht flat rate for the electric train system, or a sense of disappointment, like his U-turn on his predecessor's attempt to ban passenger van operators from using vehicles that are more than 10 years old.

  • OPINION

    Curb land reform excess

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/08/2019

    » While Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted that tackling inequality is a priority of his government, a recent move of one of his cabinet members on land reform seems to suggest otherwise.

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