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  • OPINION

    Govt needs more than luck with new lottery plan

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 27/06/2019

    » The idea of having the Government Lottery Office (GLO) run a two- and three-digit lottery scheme is taking shape once again.

  • OPINION

    Charity, not politics

    News, Published on 05/04/2019

    » Re: "FFP makes waves for better and worse", (Opinion, April 1).

  • OPINION

    Will ‘welfare state’ promises be honoured?

    Oped, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 25/03/2019

    » Following the general election yesterday, elected politicians will be closely watched how and whether they will keep the many promises made during their poll campaigns. One is their pledge to make Thailand a “welfare state”. Pheu Thai vows to improve the existing Universal Healthcare Coverage scheme, initiated by its precursor Thai Rak Thai. It also came up with a fresh idea of a “lottery savings” scheme that will encourage personal savings through the purchase of a lottery ticket.

  • OPINION

    Sacred Figures Thai Mediums Should Channel Next

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 08/06/2018

    » Unless you've been living under a rock (or just back from a meditation retreat), you can't really avoid news or posts regarding khon song jao (mediums) on your news feed. These people claim to be able to channel Hindu deities, past Thai kings (uh-oh, 112), characters from classic Thai literature and Doraemon.

  • OPINION

    Normal folk must play role in graft battle

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 04/05/2018

    » Nine, 67, 77 and 250 are numbers that gathered media attention and front-page leads in newspapers last week. No, I'm not talking about lottery number predictions. They are the numbers involved in the welfare funds corruption scandal as demonstrated in a report by the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission released last week.

  • OPINION

    Let's have bureaucrats empower people

    News, Published on 07/04/2018

    » The outcry about the Khon Kaen deputy governor's letter last month to launch a programme to "stop citizens from being stupid" has largely been placated, following public apologies. But this incident reflects the flaws in the long-standing attitude of the bureaucracy in Thailand towards citizens. Right from the very start, the Thai bureaucracy was designed to control the destiny of the populace, not empower them.

  • OPINION

    Today's news may be faker than usual

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 01/04/2018

    » We have had to put up with a lot of fake news in recent times, and if you think you have read more than your fair share of strange stories today, it might be an idea to look at the date.

  • OPINION

    Banking on time

    Life, Patcharawalai Sanyanusin, Published on 26/03/2018

    » Time is valuable as long as we know how to spend it. Time is money for those who want to accumulate wealth, yet time allows us to live our lives in a much more meaningful way.

  • OPINION

    Do away with conscription

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/03/2018

    » Despite Thailand not being at war, another batch of young Thai men will be drafted early next month to serve in the military against their will. This costly and unnecessary annual military conscription, which has existed by default for decades, needs a rethink. Many countries have abolished it. Thailand has no reason to carry on with it.

  • OPINION

    Our teachers need a stern lesson

    News, Published on 05/02/2018

    » It is no surprise that our local news reports on education have usually been replete with how bad the Thai learning system is.

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