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  • OPINION

    Ride-hailing needs practical rules

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 07/10/2019

    » I do not own a car. In fact, I don't even drive, so I rely totally on public transport -- buses, taxis, motorcycle taxis (if needed) and mass-transit trains -- to commute around Bangkok. I rarely use ride-hailing apps, although many of my friends find the service more convenient than regular taxis and they like the promotions.

  • OPINION

    Human cruelty for a false belief

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/10/2019

    » Would you pay to set something free? A poor, small creature locked away in confinement perhaps? From behind bars, its eyes meet yours as if to say: "Save me." So delicate. So pitiful. And if you do nothing, who knows what's going to happen to it? You take your wallet out. Hand over a few bills to the seller, who has handful of cages on him. And soon you let it go. Be it bird, fish, turtle or other. Fly free. Swim free.

  • OPINION

    How to make EV viable within Asean

    News, Published on 07/10/2019

    » If there is a region that could use a mobility revolution, it is Southeast Asia. Much of the area grapples with persistent congestion, expanding environmental concerns, and surging oil demand to serve transit needs.

  • OPINION

    Haze-plagued Asean should learn from China

    Asia focus, Suwatchai Songwanich, Published on 07/10/2019

    » Forest fires have raged in Indonesia in recent weeks, resulting in choking haze in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and the southern Thai provinces of Yala and Songkhla. Bangkok last Monday also experienced thick smog, with IQAir AirVisual ranking it the third worst major city in the world for air pollution.

  • OPINION

    Bridge wrecks in waiting

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/10/2019

    » The collapse of a bridge into a harbour in northeastern Taiwan, which killed six people last Tuesday, should serve as a lesson for many countries, including Thailand, about the need to adopt precautionary and effective maintenance measures to prevent such tragic incidents.

  • OPINION

    Stalling on chemical ban must end

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 07/10/2019

    » Huge banners declaring support for a total ban of herbicides paraquat and glyphosate and pesticide chlorpyrifos have recently been erected at many state-run provincial hospitals, in what appears to be an escalated campaign by the Ministry of Public Health to warn people of the danger posed by the three toxic substances widely used among Thai farmers to kill weeds and insects.

  • OPINION

    Dust in the wind and down the throat

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/10/2019

    » You know there's something amiss in Bangkok when you wake up to the sounds of birds coughing. Well maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but this week our feathered friends sounded decidedly under the weather. So it came as no surprise to read the gloomy headlines about "toxic smog" returning to Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    Judiciary must clear up doubts

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/10/2019

    » The attempted suicide by a senior judge in Yala is a wakeup call for the judiciary to eradicate what appears to be an unspoken anomaly in the legal system.

  • OPINION

    Station artwork won't burnish tawdry service

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 05/10/2019

    » When Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the official opening of the Blue Line extension at Wat Mangkon station earlier this week, he may have had the urge to take selfies with the Sino-Portuguese style-art in the background. Such behaviour is a big trend among netizens these days.

  • OPINION

    Climate of fear prevails

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/10/2019

    » At a Pattani forum on Sept 28, 12 panellists who included opposition party leaders discussed constitutional amendments and how they could address the prolonged conflict in the restive deep South.

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