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  • 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

    Darkest-day song nothing to be proud of

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Army commander-in-chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong's decision to order the army-run radio stations to "resurrect" the old ultra-nationalist song Nak Phandin ("Burden on the Land") in an apparent response to the Pheu Thai Party's prime ministerial candidate Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan's threat to cut military spending and Future Forward Party's pledge to scrap mandatory conscription is totally uncalled for.

  • OPINION

    Who really benefitted from the rice scheme?

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 18/06/2013

    » Better late than never. The Yingluck government is finally back-peddling on its most ambitious and, perhaps, most destructive populist policy, the rice pledging scheme -- which set the purchase price of paddy about 40% above market price and cost taxpayers 136 billion baht in losses, according to official estimates, in just the first year, with more to come.

  • OPINION

    Mirror, mirror who's the fairest PM of all?

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Bangkok Poll, of the research centre of Bangkok University, reported over the weekend that the popularity rating of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dropped to 36.8% from the 52.8% recorded in its opinion survey conducted in May last year.

  • OPINION

    Military mindset will be tough nut to crack

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 27/11/2017

    » The way the military -- from Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsowon down to the Phramongkutklao Hospital and the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (Afaps) -- has been handling the suspicious death of Pakapong Tanyakan, a freshman of the school, not only leaves much to be desired, but leaves the military establishment bruised.

  • OPINION

    NOB transfer harms govt anti-graft drive

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 11/09/2017

    » Pol Lt Col Pongporn Pramsaneh has been widely recognised as an honest and straightforward officer in the Department of Special Investigation – a rare breed in the police force. It explains why he was ordered shifted from the DSI's head of the Tax Litigation Office to lead the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) on Feb 25 by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to do an unenviable mission. His task was to clean up the mess concerning the misappropriation of government funds for the renovation of temples and for schools on temple grounds.

  • OPINION

    Even if 'Boss' were arrested, what happens next?

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 03/04/2017

    » When I was reading law at Chulalongkorn University about four decades ago, there was an old saying among jurists that went along the lines of, "When gunshots ring out, all the jurists just sit down and keep their mouths shut."

  • OPINION

    Change of heart, or sheer expedience?

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 16/10/2015

    » It took 12 years for Chuvit Kamolvisit, leader of Rak Prathet Thai party, to admit his guilt and role in the illegal destruction of more than 60 bars and shops on 10 rai of land he owned on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 10.

  • OPINION

    Where there's smoke, there's fire

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 13/11/2015

    » There's no smoke without a fire, so it's said. And smoke has been seen drifting from Rajabhakti Park, a new tourist destination near the popular resort town of Hua Hin.

  • OPINION

    Just put the best people in the cabinet

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 28/07/2015

    » So, the cabinet will be reshuffled in September, when the incumbent cabinet completes its first year in office. Or probably sooner, which is August. That is straight from the horse’s mouth.

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