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  • OPINION

    School 'temps' not treated fairly

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/10/2019

    » For about a decade, caretakers and other administrative staff serving in state-run schools and other offices of the Education Ministry have been treated as second-class employees.

  • OPINION

    Salt tax needs refinement

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/10/2019

    » The government is inching towards the introduction of new taxes on salty, processed food.

  • OPINION

    Cheaper EVs, cleaner air

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/10/2019

    » Let's admit it. The car culture of Thai commuters will not go away anytime soon, even though Bangkok's electric rail networks will see a lot of improvements in the coming years.

  • OPINION

    Get budget priorities right

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/10/2019

    » The Prayut Chan-o-cha administration faces a crucial challenge from the opposition in the debate on the 2020 fiscal budget bill scheduled to begin on Thursday morning.

  • OPINION

    Dams a threat to Mekong

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/10/2019

    » Almost a decade ago, Vietnam was the most vocal neighbour in opposing Laos' first dam on the Mekong River. Now, it has become a partner in the Lao government's Luang Prabang dam project -- its fifth on the mighty river. This new partnership is worrying, as is the rapid pace of overall Mekong hydropower development.

  • OPINION

    Toxic wait must end

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/10/2019

    » The change in the composition of the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC), which regulates use of three harmful farm chemicals -- paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos -- could add complications to a move to have the trio banned.

  • OPINION

    New list, same problems

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/10/2019

    » The latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) released by the World Economic Forum, which saw Thailand's ranking drop by two notches, is caused by two key issues that have hindered the country's development for a long time. These issues need to be addressed now.

  • OPINION

    Flood response needs overhaul

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/10/2019

    » Nearly two months after storm-induced floods hit Ubon Ratchathani and other northeastern provinces, the state has sluggishly offered help to those who have suffered from a disaster said to be the most serious in almost two decades.

  • OPINION

    Apirat speech sends chill

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/10/2019

    » It was "a lecture" that should never have been given by any army chief, for its combination of accusations against "the left" and young people, and sensational and biased political messages.

  • OPINION

    Stop cyber law abuses

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/10/2019

    » Malaysia has shown the way. Its Lower House on Wednesday passed a bill to repeal the country's much-criticised Anti-Fake News Act. There is no reason for Thai parliamentarians not to push for a similar change to this country's very troubling Computer Crime Act (CCA) because this law has become a tool for authorities to stifle online communication and turn any netizen into a criminal.

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