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  • OPINION

    Government must stop waste piling up

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 11/06/2018

    » Thailand aspires to become a global kitchen; a top supplier of food to the rest of the world. It also aspires to become a tourism, hospitality, aviation and wellness hub for the region -- if not the world -- to mention just some government objectives.

  • OPINION

    No police apology for monk's violent arrest

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 28/05/2018

    » Nobody doubts why the Crime Suppression Division police had to make the arrest of Phra Buddha Isara, the abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom, before dawn of May 24 at his living quarters on the temple grounds.

  • OPINION

    Doi Suthep project damages our judiciary

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 09/04/2018

    » The talk of the town over the past week and days to come, especially for residents of Chiang Mai, is none other than the housing and office building project for judges and officials of the Region 5 Appeals Court in the forest at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain in Mae Rim district.

  • OPINION

    It's time for NACC to stop being a lap dog

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 02/04/2018

    » The indecision of the National Anti-Corruption Commission to rule on the ownership of 22 luxury watches seen on the wrist of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on different occasions was a big letdown although the outcome was not totally unexpected.

  • OPINION

    Top cop proves Premchai a protected species

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 12/03/2018

    » It came as little surprise that deputy national police chief Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul has been viewed as a villain by the same group of people who despise and curse the Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta for his illegal hunting trip in Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary, which resulted in the killing of several protected wildlife species, in particular a rare leopard.

  • OPINION

    Too many cover-ups in the Land of Smiles

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 26/02/2018

    » The past week was dramatic for three unusual events -- the truck bashing with an axe by a very frustrated woman, the shocking inexplicable rejection of all seven final candidates for the Election Commission by the National Legislative Assembly, and the abrupt transfer of the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and his deputy over the plundering of funds for the destitute by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

  • OPINION

    Poaching probe shows signs of slippage

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 12/02/2018

    » I pity the Indochinese black leopard killed at the Thungyai Naresuan World Heritage site. Also, my regrets to its partner — another black cat which in this case survived the cruel hunters.

  • OPINION

    Hunting scandal summons ghosts of past

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 07/02/2018

    » The suspected illegal hunting in the World Heritage Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province, in which the president of the construction giant Italian-Thai Development (ITD), Premchai Karnasuta, was arrested on Sunday night and accused of being a member of the hunting party, reminds me of a similar incident 45 years ago in the same forest.

  • OPINION

    Prawit's offer less generous than it seems

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 05/02/2018

    » When the embattled deputy prime minister, Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, told a group of military affairs reporters at the Ministry of Defence last Wednesday that he was ready to resign "if the people do not want me", I was hesitant to welcome his move or shower him with praise for acting as a role model for our politicians and public figures about what they should do when caught in the middle of a scandal.

  • OPINION

    Mirror, mirror who's the fairest PM of all?

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Bangkok Poll, of the research centre of Bangkok University, reported over the weekend that the popularity rating of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dropped to 36.8% from the 52.8% recorded in its opinion survey conducted in May last year.

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