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  • OPINION

    Riled at poor BTS service

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/06/2018

    » After almost four days of rush-hour delays, the BTS Skytrain operator managed to "assure" passengers on Thursday that a solution to the problem had been found.

  • OPINION

    Inequality exposed

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/12/2018

    » The economy expert Banyong Pongpanich was studying recent statistics last week when he made an interesting discovery. Based on figures reported in the latest annual Global Wealth Databook by Credit Suisse (CS), the inequality gap in Thailand has become the worst in the world. The figure represents national assets held and controlled by a nation's richest 1%, compared with the other 99%. In Thailand, that 1% is about 500,000, compared with the 50 million Thais of working ages.

  • OPINION

    Curb land reform excess

    News, Editorial, Published on 12/08/2019

    » While Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted that tackling inequality is a priority of his government, a recent move of one of his cabinet members on land reform seems to suggest otherwise.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Tourist tax could work

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/05/2019

    » The government's fresh initiative to charge a tax on tourists who visit Thailand is not a bad idea. But it should not be executed until the government has mapped out an effective plan to manage and allocate the potentially huge revenue generated from the levy.

  • OPINION

    Navy's 'toys' indefensible

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, the minister for defence, has confirmed the Royal Thai Navy will spend 13.5 billion baht for one Chinese-made submarine, delivery guaranteed in 2017. Plans to spend 27 billion baht for two additional subs have been approved in principle. It is a disappointing rejection of both public and expert opinion that opposes the long drawn-out plan to equip the navy with submarines on every conceivable ground imaginable.

  • OPINION

    EDITORIAL: Honour the King's legacy

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/10/2016

    » No words can describe the sense of loss, the grief and anguish, that Thais of all generations feel today as they mourn the death of beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX. The monarch was Father to the nation. His wise counsel took the country out of several deadly turns, his fortitude and devotion to human development were an inspiration to all.

  • OPINION

    Double standards

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/09/2016

    » The alleged forest encroachment case in Trat involving one of the richest families in Thailand has raised a few questions about possible double standards.

  • OPINION

    Support fort community

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/12/2016

    » In a bid to prove that its existence can be part of city conservation and development, the Mahakan Fort community, a group of people faced with an eviction order by the state, is set to launch its conservation plan to the public tomorrow.

  • OPINION

    Get smart about raising children's IQs

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/09/2016

    » One of the most important things a society can do is raise the next generation of children to be all they can be. Children who get the best start in life, who are fed properly, who learn to play and whose brains are pushed to reach their potential are more likely to develop into successful, intelligent adults. It begins in the womb, with a mother's diet affecting brain development, and continues most crucially in the early years when motor skills are learned and behaviour is formed. It is incumbent on parents, communities and national governments to provide children with the same opportunities to succeed.

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