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    Carelessness first

    News, Postbag, Published on 09/07/2018

    » I would like to bring your attention on the worrying similarities shared by the two major news items of the past week.


    English proficiency in Thailand still a ways to go

    News, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Past assessments of English proficiency within Thailand have been disappointing. English First (EF), a private company that collects data based on results from English proficiency tests, found that Thailand ranked 53 out of 80 countries globally and 15 out of 20 Asian countries examined. These scores actually reflect an improvement over prior years with Thailand now outscoring some of its neighbours, namely Cambodia and Laos. Myanmar's dedication to English proficiency is so low that it does not even have an EF presence. However, Thailand is still outranked by regional countries like China, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.


    Mahathir: How old is too old to be a world leader?

    News, Published on 09/07/2018

    » A year ago, at the advanced age of 92, ex-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced he would fight in the Malaysian general elections, this time leading the opposition. If successful, he could be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia once again. How extraordinary.


    BTS fails to communicate

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/07/2018

    » The BTS Skytrain has gone off the rails. Not literally, thank goodness, but in the past two weeks this vital travel line has failed the public and shamed itself. It has stranded tens of thousands of its own customers, and blocked and inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of others. There is some blame to share, but it is inescapable that the spotlight should fall on the Skytrain operator Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC).


    Phuket boat tragedy shows our indifference

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Forty-two is the latest number of tourists who fell victims to a boat mishap in Phuket last week. Or should I say, to be more exact, that they were victims of negligence, sheer dereliction of duty of the authorities concerned and of a "This Is Thailand" culture?


    Chinese savers won't save China

    News, Christopher Balding, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Chinese are, in the popular imagination as well as some economic statistics, inveterate savers. According to the International Monetary Fund, the Chinese savings rate stood at an astonishing 46% in 2016, compared to a global average around 25%. Chinese planners have long sought to bring that ratio down in order to promote consumption and ease the economy's overreliance on investment. If only Chinese would shop more, the thinking goes, China wouldn't need to rely on smokestack factories and boondoggle infrastructure projects to drive growth.

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    Buriram impress, Port ride their luck to hold Sukhothai

    Sports, Tor Chittinand, Published on 09/07/2018

    » While Thai League 1 leaders Buriram United boosted their title hopes with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Navy late on Saturday, third-place Port saw their three-game winning streak come to an end after a 2-2 draw against 10-man Sukhothai on Sunday night.

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    Pheu Thai Party pulls back on defector jibes

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 09/07/2018

    » The Pheu Thai Party has asked members to wind down their barbs against fellow politicians who move to other parties, saying the defectors will be judged at the poll.

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    Smuggled onions burned

    News, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Soldiers from the Surasee Task Force and customs officials from Sangkhla Buri district in Kanchanaburi yesterday oversaw the burning of 10,800 kilogrammes of smuggled onions.

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    Search ongoing for 14 missing

    News, Achadtaya Chuenniran, Published on 09/07/2018

    » China has urged Thailand to make an all-out effort to find the 14 people who remained unaccounted for after a tourist boat they were travelling in sank in rough seas off of Phuket on Thursday.

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