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  • OPINION

    Just the way it is...

    News, Postbag, Published on 27/05/2019

    » The headline on the March 26 Sunday editorial, "Politicians must put public first", caught my eye. "The interruption gave the impression that some politicians are still self-serving, rather than serving both their voters and their country. This is unfortunate." It may indeed be unfortunate, but self-serving politicians are a Thai political reality, a way of life, and no amount of rhetoric, public or private, will ever bring this practice to an end.

  • OPINION

    Thaksin's no angel

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/05/2019

    » Re: "Coups not the answer", (PostBag, May 23). I fully agree with Felix Qui that coups are not the solution to Thailand's political maladies and government corruption. I also agree that Thaksin Shinawatra was highly successful in garnering the support of poorer segments of society, largely because he was the first politician to give marginalised Thais any attention, however meagre.

  • OPINION

    Global warning

    News, Postbag, Published on 25/05/2019

    » I heard some Thai youth were due to protest older people's inaction in this country on global warming yesterday in Bangkok. Given the horrors that await them if little or nothing is done by our leaders, I hope they are successful in getting some action from people who seem totally oblivious to the problem, or are too old or inflexible to care.

  • OPINION

    Megamall madness

    News, Postbag, Published on 24/05/2019

    » Re: "New megamall to occupy 400 rai at Klong Toey port", (BP, May 21).

  • OPINION

    Coups not the answer

    News, Postbag, Published on 23/05/2019

    » Re: "Regime is here to stay", (Editorial, May 22). While the Bangkok Post correctly points out that the "many Thais who initially backed the regime … should have come to realise now that a military coup can never be a real solution to a flawed or corrupt government", the reality betrays an even deeper failure to understand Thai affairs by those Thai citizens who supported the coup. The piously unfulfilled promises made up to justify the latest overthrow of the supreme legal pillar of the Thai nation -- the constitution, that defines every other official Thai institution -- should never have been credible to anyone given the decades-long history of coups that have served only to prevent the evolution of healthy democratic solutions to Thailand's endemic corruption and other political ills.

  • OPINION

    Build on reality

    News, Postbag, Published on 22/05/2019

    » Re: "Admit Timor Leste to bloc now or never", (Opinion, May 21).

  • OPINION

    Crossing calamities

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/05/2019

    » The Bangkok Post's April 14 editorial, "Rail crossings remain unsafe", stated that "In 2013, there were nearly 130 crashes at train crossings, causing 27 deaths and nearly 100 injuries. About 80% of these took place at barricade-free crossings".

  • OPINION

    Democracy farce

    News, Postbag, Published on 20/05/2019

    » The state of democracy reached in the US and Thailand is miserable, in similar but different ways. The interests of the poor and ordinary wage-workers are diluted in both countries. In the US, this happpens within only two big parties where money and the elite set their agenda over the interests of the majority of the voters who always and everywhere in the world are the wage-workers.

  • OPINION

    Criminal taxi scammers

    News, Postbag, Published on 19/05/2019

    » Hailing a taxi in Bangkok has become almost impossible. Being forced to overpay or walk is the only option for tourists these days. It's gotten worse, much worse.

  • OPINION

    Street safety tips

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/05/2019

    » In her May 15 comment, "Cough up cash to stop road carnage", Ploenpote Atthakor quite correctly pointed out that the apparent fascination with Japanese-style "points" deductions and new laws will have little sway with Thai drivers.

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