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’ […]

Retest senior drivers for road safety

Chattrika NapatanapongNapat Pattarapisan Should senior drivers holding lifetime driving licences have a retest to see if they are still fit to drive? Common sense says yes. But when the idea to retest senior drivers over 70 was floated, it was immediately attacked and subsequently dropped. Should it, really? Thailand’s road accidents are among the highest […]

Happiness gap in the Land of Smiles

Worawan Chandoevwit How happy are people in the “Land of Smiles?” Not too happy. In fact, the Thai people’s spirit was at its lowest last year, and things don’t look much brighter in 2021. According to the World Happiness Report which ranks countries around the world by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, […]

Thailand’s economic outlook for 2021

Kirida Bhaopichitr The Thai economy will grow next year after contracting by almost 10% this year. Next year, the Thai economy is expected to expand 3 to 4% from this year. It will not be until the end of 2022 before the Thai economy returns to its pre-Covid level of 2019. However, if there is another […]

Teachers need to learn child rights

Thunhavich Thitiratsakul Hitting a preschooler on the head. Pushing a toddler down on the floor. Shoving a black plastic bag over a child’s head – a technique security personnel use to torture terrorists. This was how a group of teachers at a famous private school “disciplined” kindergarteners. The country was shocked and angry. But when […]

Abuse against women still prevalent

Boonwara Sumano In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960. Today marks the 20th celebration of said day, and therefore it […]

Road accidents biggest health crisis

 Jitlakha Sukruay If we go by the number of deaths, the coronavirus is not the country’s biggest health public health problem. Road accidents are. Since the coronavirus hit the country early this year, the pandemic had claimed 60 lives as of mid-September, thanks to all-out preventive measures nationwide. The coronavirus deaths in the past six […]

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