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  • OPINION

    Time not right to meddle with local govt

    News, Published on 16/10/2014

    » In Thailand, there is widespread discussion as to whether the provincial and subdistrict administrative organisations (PAOs and SAOs) should be radically reformed or even abolished.

  • OPINION

    Hong Kong has chance for a middle way

    News, Published on 25/10/2014

    » As the leaders of the umbrella movement sit down to negotiate with Hong Kong authorities after weeks of street protests, the big question is whether the two sides can find a compromise that meets both Beijing's concerns about stable and efficient governance on the one hand, and citizens' concerns about genuine, instead of sham, democracy on the other.

  • OPINION

    Junta must heed people’s reform advice

    News, Published on 09/06/2014

    » Somewhere down the road, and probably sooner than expected given the pressures and demands, Thailand’s military rulers must consider how to prepare the country for a return to democracy.

  • OPINION

    Thai-coup-d'etat 101

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 25/05/2014

    » Everything is by the book.

  • OPINION

    Postbag: No more pedantic excuses

    News, Published on 28/12/2013

    » The Election Commission chairman has stated categorically that the Feb 2 election process cannot be ''smooth, fair and transparent'', (''EC hints at poll date intervention'', BP, Dec 27). However, this caretaker government has objected to a postponement on pedantic excuses. It is shameful for them not to listen and miss the chance of peace-making. Firstly, why should one argue with the referee's observation when they are independent and supposed to know best. Secondly, it is better for the government to take the initiative rather than being forced to the postponement by EC.

  • OPINION

    Postbag: Govt exploits class gap

    News, Published on 31/12/2013

    » Re: ''Class divide is a reality'' (PostBag, Dec 29).

  • OPINION

    A role reversal in this ship of fools

    News, Voranai Vanijaka, Published on 04/08/2013

    » Here we go again. At the time you are reading this, out in the streets there are a) clashes and chaos between multitudes of protesters and security personnel, or b) three people in masks and two in multi-colour shirts camping out peacefully in front of Government House.

  • OPINION

    Postbag: Why don't Thais read?

    News, Published on 04/05/2013

    » As Unesco has designated Bangkok World Book Capital for 2013, Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra hopes to encourage Thais to read more books, 10-15 a year against five books per annum according to 2003 figures. Despite all the efforts by previous governments to increase national readership, Thai people still read very few books compared to those in other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan where people read around 40-60 titles a year.

  • OPINION

    Postbag: Apologies to Danes

    News, Published on 08/11/2012

    » Re: "In defence of Danes", (PostBag Nov 7). I stand corrected by GMT. Apologies to all Danes _ absolutely no slur intended. Still, my point had nothing to do with nationality but with the need for justice to be done.

  • OPINION

    Need 4G _ now

    News, Published on 08/10/2012

    » Talk of launching 3G has been going on in this country for almost a decade now. Yet, as of October 2012, the bidding process for 3G hasn't even started while several countries are shifting to 4G. (Even iPhone 4S, now considered obsolete by many, supports 4G).

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