New tactics to help migrant workers

It is now clear that this pandemic has hit vulnerable populations the hardest. Despite being one of the most vulnerable groups in society, migrant workers, including their family members, have been left with little care from the government. Despite helping the Thai economy for so long, there is no clear policy and little assistance to […]

Closing worker camps needs a rethink

On June 27, the government announced that accommodation for workers both inside and outside of the construction sites, building transformation sites or demolition of building sites shall be temporarily closed, while movement of workers shall be prohibited temporarily for at least thirty days.[1] The government reacted quickly in respond to the growing number of clusters of COVID-19 […]

Migrant workers must get shots too

On March 4, the Ministry of Labour planned to discuss with the Social Security Board about offering free Covid?19 vaccines to migrant workers who were insured under the social security programme. Migrant workers are vital to Thai industries and the economy; therefore, they should not be left out of the vaccination programme, said the labour […]

Disparity worsens ocean pollution

Ocean plastic pollution is threatening humanity and Thailand cannot escape the blame as one of the world’s worst marine polluters. Although the government has pledged to tackle marine pollution, one thing is certain. Success is out of reach if the state authorities fail to engage local communities as equal partners. According to the Thailand Development […]

Lottery solution for old-age security

 Phakphum Jatupitpornchan When Thailand becomes a fully aged society next year, the majority of the older people in the country will be scraping by on little savings – or none at all. That is not surprising. Thailand is one of the world’s most unequal nations. Without savings and comprehensive welfare support, it is certain that […]

Fight the PM2.5 war for clean air now

Promphat BhumiwatDr. Kannika Thampanishvong The annual toxic haze season in over, and now that the public has into forgotten about it, there’s another health hazard – known as Covid-19 – to worry about.The pandemic is expected to begin petering out months (or at worst, a year) after the world reaches herd immunity. But PM2.5 pollution […]

Temple corruption erodes public faith

Thanthip Srisuwannaket  As corruption soars in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, its temples are also facing a serious erosion of public faith due to rife corruption in the closed, nontransparent clergy. Thailand’s latest ranking in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in 2020 continues to sink despite the government’s promise to get tough on corruption. Last year, […]

Tackling BTS fares at root cause

 SUMET ONGKITTIKUL          NATCHA O-CHAROEN Had it not been for the overwhelming opposition from all around, the BTS skytrain fares on the Sukhumvit Line would have risen to one-third of the country’s minimum wage since February. Thanks to public uproar and opposition from the Transport Ministry, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) decided to put off the fare […]

Easing pandemic pain among the poor

  Somchai Jitsuchon The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that started December last year has sparked a new round of public concerns about increasing health risks and severe social and economic repercussions. This new outbreak, however, is different from when the first wave hit Thailand last year. This time around, the number of infected people is […]

A ‘culture of silence’ at work is not OK

BOONWARA SUMANON ANEKSOMBOONPHON Every year on March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day to recognise the progress we have made in women’s social, economic and political advancement. And every year, we still hear about heart-rending incidents that make us realise that we still have a long way to go towards a safer world for women […]

‘Guillotine’ regulations to lift economy

Phumjit Sri-UdomkajornTiensawang ThamwanichNathchaya Pongakkarawat The second wave of Covid-19 in Thailand has proved to be challenging to our economic team. Previously, the government has introduced several relief measures to curb the economic impacts from the pandemic including (1) Monetary policy when BoT cut the policy interest rate and (2) Fiscal policies which are about taxs […]

Use satellite tech for farmers in crisis

Kamphol Pantakua Ask any Thai rice farmer to describe government assistance when they are hit with natural disasters. Their answers will most likely be the same: Too little, too late.In an occupation with already high investments, farmers are at the mercy of Mother Nature, which has become increasingly erratic and wrathful. Natural disasters reduce farmers’ […]

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