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  • OPINION

    End silence over fall of ‘Big Joke’

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 21/04/2019

    » The disappearance of former immigration bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn following a lightning transfer has sparked wild speculation.

  • OPINION

    Thailand not the worst place to go ‘troppo’

    Oped, Roger Crutchley, Published on 21/04/2019

    » The Songkran festival seems to have gone on forever this year. There are definitely an awful lot of city people who slipped away for a “long weekend’’ about 10 days ago and haven’t been seen since. Not to worry. By the time they get back they should be just in time for another long weekend.

  • OPINION

    Injustice no laughing matter

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 21/04/2019

    » Re: “‘Big Joke’ in surprise job shunting”, ( BP, April 7). We often hear Lord Chief Justice Hewart’s wise words: “It is not merely of some importance but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.” If we see justice done, all can be assured that we have rule of law, applied equally to all alike, regardless of station — and behave accordingly.

  • OPINION

    Will ‘welfare state’ promises be honoured?

    Oped, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 25/03/2019

    » Following the general election yesterday, elected politicians will be closely watched how and whether they will keep the many promises made during their poll campaigns. One is their pledge to make Thailand a “welfare state”. Pheu Thai vows to improve the existing Universal Healthcare Coverage scheme, initiated by its precursor Thai Rak Thai. It also came up with a fresh idea of a “lottery savings” scheme that will encourage personal savings through the purchase of a lottery ticket.

  • OPINION

    Developing skills the key to learning

    Oped, Published on 25/03/2019

    » The term “education for the 21st Century” recognises that we are living through a period of rapid change in an increasingly globalised environment, to which education systems need to adapt, not just through a one-off reform, but continuously.

  • OPINION

    Will there be respect?

    Oped, Postbag, Published on 25/03/2019

    » Re: “Judgement day has arrived”, ( BP, March 24). With judgement day upon the nation, the Election Commission’s chairman’s observation that “the result of this election will indicate the direction of [Thai] democracy,” while timely, leaves many questions unanswered as to whether Thailand will move to the good or stay chained to the bad.

  • OPINION

    Free vote in Senate for PM

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 25/03/2019

    » As the country re-emerges on the path to democracy, with voters crowding into polling stations yesterday for their first chance in five years to help shape at the ballot box how their country is run, Thais will hope that the trust they place in the new system is honoured by the politicians they have elected to implement it.

  • OPINION

    Household debt squeezing the nation

    Oped, Published on 14/03/2019

    » The single most pressing economic problem in Thailand is household debt. Actually, the household debt issue is currently the world’s most important economic issue too. With the prevailing level of household debt in major economies, it is difficult to see the world’s economy moving beyond a 2% annual growth rate.

  • OPINION

    Democracy, sustainability, sufficiency economy

    Oped, Published on 14/03/2019

    » Thailand’s road to democracy is of universal interest for two reasons. First, the country is in the process of creating and testing new structures for a democratic government. Second, the kingdom explicitly calls for moderation and immunity in its endorsement of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP).

  • OPINION

    NLA should step aside

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 28/02/2019

    » With less than a month to go before the general election, there are growing calls for the coup-installed National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to suspend its law-making duties and for its members to resign.

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