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  • OPINION

    Street safety tips

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/05/2019

    » In her May 15 comment, "Cough up cash to stop road carnage", Ploenpote Atthakor quite correctly pointed out that the apparent fascination with Japanese-style "points" deductions and new laws will have little sway with Thai drivers.

  • OPINION

    The world's last coal plant will soon be built

    News, David Fickling, Published on 16/05/2019

    » Fossil-fuel advocates have a favourite rejoinder to those who predict a global shift to renewable energy: Coal has never been more popular.

  • OPINION

    Cough up cash to stop road carnage

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 15/05/2019

    » Thailand will soon have new traffic laws, based on the more stringent Japanese model, a senior land transport official said recently. Obviously, he was thrilled.

  • OPINION

    Only compassion can douse the fires

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/05/2019

    » The bushfires that have ravaged parts of northern Thailand this year have been unusually fierce.

  • OPINION

    More than 'som tam'

    News, Postbag, Published on 11/05/2019

    » It is indeed good news to know that the Maya Bay closure will be extended until 2021. (BP, May 9). Last year's closure resulted in ecological recovery, which is a promising sign. To be frank, I previously did not think Thais could put short-term self interest aside and cooperate for long-term benefits. It's also good news that they will implement the online e-ticketing system for transparency purposes.

  • OPINION

    Does Thailand need 'Helicopter Money'?

    News, Chartchai Parasuk, Published on 09/05/2019

    » I first heard of the term "Helicopter Money" when I was in graduate school studying economics. The concept belongs to a famous Nobel Prize-winning economist, Milton Friedman, and is simple. A government supplies large amounts of money to the public, as if the money is being scattered from a helicopter. People then use the money to buy things.

  • OPINION

    Please, please mind the gap

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/05/2019

    » In a bid to strengthen the economy, the regime led by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha issued a 21.9-billion-baht economic stimulus package late last month that contains measures covering various sectors.

  • OPINION

    Informal solutions key to plastics

    News, Published on 06/05/2019

    » Plastic is now almost impossible to escape in our daily life. Yet, it is causing untold destruction of our natural environment. Recent studies show that all water bodies are contaminated by micro-plastics, from the UK to China. Moreover, the effects of plastic pollution are felt most by ocean life as was the case when it was found that a dead whale found in the Philippines had ingested 40 kilogrammes of plastic.

  • OPINION

    Fisheries abuse tied to poor regulation

    News, Published on 01/05/2019

    » Thailand's seafood industry has been haunted by illegal fishing and human rights abuse. Following the March 24 general election, the new government must build on the reforms that have already been gained during the past four years.

  • OPINION

    Poll results point to clear way forward

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 26/04/2019

    » Despite the controversy and confusion over Thailand's March 24 election outcome, its immediate and far-reaching implications are indisputable.

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