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    It's time to tackle tourist scammers

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/07/2019

    » A tourist scam in Phuket has prompted Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to raise concern about the adverse impact such incidents may have. He has warned tourist operators not to exploit tourists or the province's reputation will be tarnished.

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    New Govt, New Memes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 19/07/2019

    » By now, you probably have seen the lineup of new Cabinet under PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. And whether it fills you with delight or dread, this is our Cabinet now. To mark the official arrival of the new government, I've decided to meme out complicated reaction that I (and many others) have. Let's see if you share the same sentiment.

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    Speed up charter push

    News, Editorial, Published on 19/07/2019

    » Even though the Democrats have said constitutional amendment is incorporated as part of the coalition government's manifesto, it is pointless for them or other proponents of this agenda to expect the No.1 direct beneficiary of the 2017 charter, namely Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, to give charter change his full support. The premier already made it clear on Wednesday that there was no rush to alter the constitution, while also cautioning that the process is "lengthy".

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    The cabinet's composition and direction

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 19/07/2019

    » With Thailand's new post-election cabinet members poised to to start work after being sworn in, it is instructive to look at how they have been assembled based on patron-client ties and vested interests. Because it contains unsavoury individuals with shady pasts, this cabinet is unlikely to last long but the political longevity of its leader, former junta chairman and still Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, may endure longer than many would expect from such a fragile, fractious coalition government.

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    Weigh wage hike carefully

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/07/2019

    » The Prayut Chan-o-cha government, which was officially sworn in this week, will have to weigh carefully the demand by labour leaders for the daily minimum wage to be raised to 400 baht.

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    Bursting the PM's bubble

    Sports, Editorial, Published on 17/07/2019

    » Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha's televised speech on Monday, to bid farewell to his military government and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), shows how big a bubble he has been living in these past five years.

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    New govt must act on inequality

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/07/2019

    » As the 19 parties in the coalition under Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha fine-tune their policy package ahead of its declaration to parliament, they have come to agree that the priority should be addressing social disparities. This seems to be good news.

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    New cabinet puts power grab on display

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 12/07/2019

    » As if to remind the Thai public of what the past five years of military-authoritarian rule has been all about, the first post-election cabinet under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha now represents the full manifestation of what was no less than a power grab.

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    New govt, same threats

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/07/2019

    » In exchange for police protection against future assaults, the police have set democracy advocate Sirawith "Ja New" Seritiwat, who was brutally attacked by unidentified men on June 24, one condition: Stay away from political activism. It sounds more like a warning.

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    Rail link a worthy effort

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/07/2019

    » The new train service between Bangkok and Ban Klong Luk border station in Sa Kaeo province that was launched on July 1 is a major step for Thailand to boost people-to-people ties with its immediate neighbour to the east.

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