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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.


    No will to stop encroachers

    News, Editorial, Published on 29/07/2019

    » Demolition orders recently issued by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) for 11 resorts, including the controversial 88 Garmonte which was found to have encroached on a national park, invite a sense of deja vu. These infringements have been an unsolved problem in Thap Lan National Park for almost 40 years.


    Make Bangkok disabled friendly

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/07/2019

    » The story of a young, visually impaired woman and her four-legged companion and guide dog went viral when it hit social media earlier this month.


    Weak marks for manifesto

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/07/2019

    » Setting aside his awkward and embarrassing moments, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's outright combative, seemingly decisive and utterly defensive responses during the parliamentary two-day debate on the government's policy manifesto might give some the impression that he and his government know what they will be doing over the next four years.


    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.


    Fight for rights, not for awards

    Editorial, Published on 07/07/2019

    » Abid by Thailand to have a forest reserve in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi listed as a Unesco World Heritage site (WHS) has brought public attention to the cultural identity of the ethnic Karen people. Experts at Unesco’s World Heritage Committee have delayed their decision to add Kaeng Krachan National Park — which was nominated in 2013 — on the heritage list after complaints by Myanmar about overlapping areas and a petition signed by the ethnic Karen in which they accused the Thai state of failing to recognise their cultural identity.


    Forest land justice needed

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/07/2019

    » More villagers in the Northeast are being thrown into jail as state versus people forest conflicts escalate.


    Turn taxis around

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/06/2019

    » Plans by the Department of Land Transport (DLT) to legalise ride-hailing services, in particular Grab, are a major step forward in improving taxi services in the country.


    Complaints flood in as water rises

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/06/2019

    » In just over two hours of heavy downpours on Friday afternoon, Bangkok became inundated and traffic came to a standstill.


    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.

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