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    Treading a fine line over China

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 14/10/2019

    » The statement in Thai which was issued last Friday by the Chinese embassy in Thailand, reprimanding an unnamed Thai politician for allegedly meddling in Hong Kong protests is quite unprecedented and very rare.

  • 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

    PM fails to put oath debate to bed

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 23/09/2019

    » The Sept 18 parliamentary debate against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his incomplete reciting of the oath of office is over. But the controversy lingers on as the opposition has refused to let go of the matter. This is because the prime minister did not himself clarify why he omitted to recite an important part of the oath as stipulated in the constitution but assigned his top legal expert, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, to act on his behalf.

  • OPINION

    Govt leaves Thamanat sore to fester

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 16/09/2019

    » Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow must have been a valuable asset of the government to justify both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam coming to his defence over his criminal past in connection with a drug trafficking case in Australia about three decades ago and over his questionable educational background while other cabinet ministers keep their distance from the scandal.

  • OPINION

    FFP's new battleground: campus

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 09/09/2019

    » Finally, the Future Forward Party (FFP) managed to hold a panel discussion at Khon Kaen University yesterday.

  • OPINION

    Rivals at odds over 'oath' debate

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 02/09/2019

    » It looks likely the government and the opposition will have to slug it out in the Lower House over whether the debate on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's incomplete oath will be held behind closed doors or broadcast so the public can see it as with other parliamentary sessions.

  • OPINION

    Cabinet throwing up some odd ideas

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 26/08/2019

    » Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, a new face in the government, has been dealt a blow with his first proposal to the cabinet to waive visa application fees for tourists from China and India.

  • OPINION

    Marium's death a timely warning

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 19/08/2019

    » Many people may not care about the tragic death of Marium, an eight-month-old orphaned baby dugong. Marium died on Saturday from an infection exacerbated by bits of plastic lining her stomach. She was found beached in Krabi province in April, rescued and then treated by veterinarians of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources with the hope that, one day, when she was strong enough, she would be able to return to the wild to be with the other dugongs in the sea around Libong island in Trang province.

  • OPINION

    Saksayam begins job with wrong turns

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 12/08/2019

    » Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob of the Bhumjaithai Party appears to stand out among his colleagues in the cabinet, as far as speed in performing duties is concerned.

  • OPINION

    Not a scintilla of change in police force

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 05/08/2019

    » All opinion polls on the issue of police reform conducted in the past five years under the junta's rule showed most people backed change.

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