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  • 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

    Rallies are about seeking equality

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/12/2018

    » The "yellow vests" protest phenomenon which gripped France over the past few weeks may make some policymakers engaged in a fight against global warming think about a policy U-turn. It should not be so.

  • OPINION

    Cops in dock over rape row

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/08/2018

    » Once again, Koh Tao -- Thailand's top tourist destination in Surat Thani -- has attracted global attention, albeit not in the way Thai authorities would have hoped for.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar's shirked duty

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Last Thursday, police arrested two men in Ayutthaya for possession of drugs. They were driving a pickup with 700 one-kilogramme bags of crystal methamphetamine, a so-called recreational drug without medical or social value.

  • OPINION

    Tackling plastic waste

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/01/2018

    » A study of Thai and neighbouring underseas life, published last week, proves beyond doubt that people are killing coral. Specifically, the plastic items that wind up in the area of Thai reefs is literally the death of coral. Ocean currents, sand and rocks bash and cut bags, bottles and trash to tiny bits. The coral, living animals, eat the plastic, choke and die.

  • OPINION

    Protect the gaur

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/11/2017

    » The killings of three rare, wild gaur in Nakhon Ratchasima raise two concerns that should command swift and high-level action. Local police in Wang Nam Khieo district immediately began investigating the shootings. Provincial governor Wichian Chantharanothai actively entered the picture, a distinct step in the right direction. Important issues are at stake, apart from the obvious killing of protected animals.

  • OPINION

    Time to watch out for those pesky ethics

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/10/2016

    » Late last week, Chiang Mai governor Pawin Chamniprasart visited the home of two Hmong girls accused by a British tourist of stealing her wristwatch. Mr Pawin's visit was a gesture to reaffirm the girls' innocence. When Mr Pawin visited, the girls' mother performed a traditional ritual in their house to boost the morale of her daughters after their pictures appeared, late last month, on several international outlets including the New York Post and The Sun with headlines suggesting the girls stole the tourist's watch.

  • OPINION

    Credibility lost over sub

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/04/2017

    » The handling of the purchase of submarines from China was extremely distasteful. By refusing even to tell the country what it was doing, the cabinet has raised several questions and reduced its credibility. The arrogant and unnecessary argument that "the public doesn't have to know everything" about cabinet proceedings is insulting.

  • OPINION

    No painting over 'sin city'

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/02/2017

    » The bold declaration by a sustainable tourism organisation to turn Pattaya from "sin city" into a family entertainment destination has been greeted with disbelief. Some people told the organisation to be more realistic while others simply dismissed its vision as an April's Fool joke that came early this year.

  • 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.

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