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    Integrity is key for EC

    News, Editorial, Published on 06/05/2019

    » As the embattled Election Commission (EC) prepares to announce its endorsement of at least 95% of the general election results, roughly equivalent to 475 out of the 500 MP seats up for grabs, many Thais can only hope the poll agency will honour the spirit and intent of the country's election laws and allow candidates who are qualified to serve as MPs to sit in parliament -- and not the other way around.


    Abandoned houses a bad sign in Dawei

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 06/05/2019

    » During my trip last week to the Bawah relocation area where nearly 500 houses have been newly built to accommodate over 1,000 people affected by the development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) in Myanmar, it caught me by surprise that most of the houses are unoccupied.


    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.


    'Womenomics' still isn't working

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 06/05/2019

    » The people of Japan have had a lot to celebrate lately. On May 1 they welcomed their new emperor along with the Reiwa imperial era. The event came in the middle of an unprecedented 10-day Golden Week break for the country's famously hardworking citizens.


    A better Korean option

    Life, Suwitcha Chaiyong, Published on 06/05/2019

    » South Korea is one of the most popular destinations for Thais -- both tourists and illegal workers. According to the Ministry of Labour, there are 165,854 Thais living in South Korea, 143,169 of them illegally. Such a large number of illegal workers has caused Korean immigration officers to strictly screen Thai visitors. On April 20, a Facebook user shared a post saying that only five Thai passengers from a low-cost flight could get through Seoul, while the rest were detained for deportation. On the post, many comments blamed illegal workers for causing trouble for those attempting to travel legitimately. An unlawful worker defended himself by saying others didn't have sympathy for his poverty.

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