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    Battle for 5G is failing

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/08/2018

    » Almost from the moment they seized power, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and allies in the National Council for Peace and Order have spent time and treasure promoting their vision of the future. The two top meme titles are "Thailand 4.0" and "Digital Thailand". As defined, both are excellent and worthy goals. Lack of planning, absent government supervision and poor performance make both elusive.

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    Stealing a march or two

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/01/2018

    » The military regime should tread carefully in dealing with groups conducting a civic march which began on Saturday from Thammasat Rangsit campus to their destination in Khon Kaen.

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    Food safety must get top priority

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/11/2017

    » News reports that over 60% of samples of popular vegetable and fruits taken at shopping malls and markets are contaminated with pesticides -- some are highly toxic farm chemicals banned in several countries -- are too hard to swallow. It merely shows a failure of the state, despite an ambition to become the kitchen of the world, to come up with and implement measures to ensure food safety, and the dilemma for customers who have limited options to live healthy lifestyles.

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    No rays of hope here

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/10/2016

    » After dozens of endangered stingrays died and more aquatic animals went belly-up on the Mae Klong River, why is it that the Department of Pollution Control and related state agencies are still in the dark about what caused the deaths?

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    High alert for terrorism

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/05/2016

    » The savage murder last week of a Canadian hostage by self-styled Filipino Islamists was a reminder of the terrorist threat in this region. Authorities have said on several occasions they have not uncovered any case of an active Islamic State network or agent in Thailand. The need for constant alert is clear.

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    No avoiding taking tax cheats to task

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/04/2016

    » In response to the massive Panama Papers leak, which has revealed the names of individuals linked to 214,000 companies which park their money overseas, Thailand's Anti-Money Laundering Office announced on Friday that it would investigate those whose names appear.

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    Don't rush into high-speed

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/03/2016

    » The government's decision to go it alone in investing in the Thai-Chinese high-speed train project, albeit a scaled-down version from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima covering a distance of 250km, came out of the blue. The decision followed a meeting last week between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in Hainan.

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    A tech deal that delivers

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/12/2015

    » The world's slowest negotiations have finally concluded with the signing of a deal to eliminate most trade tariffs on technology hardware. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week reached an agreement with 53 countries, and among the signatories is Thailand. The deal affects an estimated US$1.3 trillion in annual trade in a substantial variety of IT products. It will spur trade and development of technology in many areas, from home and office to futurist research laboratories.

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    Bangkok must remain capital

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/09/2019

    » Should Bangkok be stripped of its status as capital? The debate over whether Thailand's capital should be moved has been mounting since Indonesia's President Joko Widodo announced last week that he will relocate his country's capital from Jakarta to a site east of Borneo island.

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    Don't pin tax blame on poor

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/08/2019

    » Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha barked up completely the wrong tree last week. During the policy debate in parliament, he blamed the stagnant economy on the poor whom he said have contributed too little to the country's tax revenue. In fact, the poor pay their fair share of taxes. It is the rich and the ultra rich who don't pay enough, and Gen Prayut's previous regime did not do much to force them to fork out more.

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