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    Police must face up to corruption culture

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/06/2016

    » The raid last week at a well-known Bangkok brothel shows the need for urgent police reform, and the need to decentralise policing operations and encourage more public participation in its work.


    Uncertainty on the roadmap must end

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/11/2016

    » Uncertainty is the last thing the government would want the Thai public and international community to feel regarding its roadmap to democracy and the next election. That is why all government figures must stop generating such a tentative sentiment and express nothing but a firm commitment to its plan to hold an election and return the country to normalcy next year.


    Doing right by voters

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/08/2017

    » Two new election rules recently proposed by the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) sound ripe for controversy even before they are implemented.


    Malaysia's vital D-day

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/05/2018

    » A strong turnout is expected today, when Malaysians vote in the most important election in their history. On the surface, Prime Minister Najib Razak leads the incumbent Barisan Nasional, or United Front coalition against a united opposition, Pakatan Harapan, known as PH, the Alliance of Hope. The drama is intense, as former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad leads the alliance, and has possible victory in his grasp.


    P-Move close in on dream

    News, Editorial, Published on 16/05/2018

    » The government did the right thing to reverse Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's remarks and speak in good faith with P-Move representatives. Gen Prayut was wrong and unnecessarily abusive when he accused them of protesting in order to demand handouts. The People's Movement for a Just Society, to use P-Move's full name, is once again trying to right old wrongs. Now, thanks to clearer thinking, it may be possible.


    Time to lift rights bans

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The best thing that can be said about last week's action by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is that the all-male group understands it has created a problem. It has returned to the public a tiny bit of the civil and human rights it removed 52 months ago. On Friday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha used his extraordinary powers under Section 44 to give some small but important freedoms to political parties. While the order restores the right to organise party affairs, it falls lamentably short of restoring basic and constitutional rights to all Thais.


    NCPO job not to teach voters

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/11/2018

    » As the general election draws nearer, the military regime is right about one thing -- a seeming lack of understanding about the new poll system among the electorate. However, the regime has assigned itself the wrong task in trying to raise people's awareness.


    Big handouts, bad politics

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/11/2018

    » The cabinet's decision last week to dole out some 87 billion baht was as ill-timed as it was poorly justified. The government up to and including Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha have done a poor job of explaining the sudden largesse.


    Restore trust in the election

    News, Editorial, Published on 11/12/2018

    » If Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his four surrogate politicians in the cabinet refuse to do the right thing and step down before the election, they must at least stop their stream of orders on how to run the voting process.


    Section 279 must go

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/12/2018

    » As political parties gear up for their election campaigns ahead of the Feb 24 poll, a rare meeting of minds has emerged this week among three key parties. The Democrat, Future Forward and Pheu Thai parties, who habitually disagree on contentious issues, have agreed on the need for constitutional amendments and the removal of the regime's seeping Section 44 orders. They all said they would prioritise these tasks if elected to the Lower House.

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