Reconsidering unclaimed dividends

Every year, a significant amount of unclaimed stock dividends accumulates due to a loss of contact with some of the rightful owners. This amount is substantial. For example, unclaimed dividends at the Thailand Securities Depository (TSD) have grown to 746 million baht over 10 years. Similarly, asset management companies face this issue with mutual funds […]

Our war against graft requires action

The controversial cop killing at a house party in Nakhon Pathom province hosted by Praween “Kamnan Nok” Chankhlai has spotlighted the unholy collaboration between local mafias and policemen. In this partner-in-crime relationship, bribery has been the currency that greases the wheel of corruption, from rigged procurement to bribes for overweight trucks. As such, the Kamnan […]

People’s participation key to better public services

If the officialdom is the interface between the government and the populace, its archaic system urgently needs an overhaul. Comparing the Thai bureaucracy to the human-computer interface system, TDRI Senior Research Fellow Dr Kannika Thampanishvong said the officialdom is the obsolete 1.0 version, unable to meet user needs and ridden with inefficiency. “Because the interface […]

Tackling ‘white elephant’ syndrome

Tippatrai Saelawong Most people in Thailand, be they business people, foreign investors or the public, would agree that the country urgently needs to invest in building, extending and upgrading its public infrastructure. At the same time, they would also cast doubt over the administrative transparency of infrastructure projects. For many years, political instability resulted in […]

Better data needed to help farmers

DEUNDEN NIKOMBORIRAK TIPPATRAI SAELAWONG The food industry is one of the most important business sectors of the Thai economy. This is because it is “home grown” rather than “imported”. Its long domestic value chain from farms to the food processing industry and then on to food transportation and export businesses means a large part of […]

How to boost confidence in the police

TIPPATRAI SAELAWONG THANAPAT CHATINAKROB Ask Thais which state agency needs to undergo reforms first, and most would have no hesitation in suggesting the police service. This is because policing affects people’s everyday lives while the police force has long been criticised for its inefficiency, influence peddling and corruption. According to a survey in 2014 by […]

Multifaceted reform is needed to tackle corruption

DEUNDEN NIKOMBORIRAK TIPPATRAI SAELAWONG Corruption has, once again, become the main discussion point in Thai society following the publication of two corruption indexes: Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Corruption Situation Index (CSI). Transparency International’s CPI does not reveal a big change to the situation […]

Keeping state public relations drives accountable

 Tippatrai Saelawong Many readers will have seen images of politicians or public servants displayed on gigantic billboards beside the country’s roads. Not everyone will know that we, taxpayers, pay for these images and the messages they convey. They are an example of wasteful spending by the government on advertising and other communications. Mostly the interests […]

State cash casts a shadow on media reform

Deunden Nikomborirak, Tippatrai Saelawong Political interference in the media has long been a worrying issue for society. In Thailand, the government still holds a tight grip over free television channels as well as radio stations. Most public television channels are either state-owned (Channels 5, 9 and 11) or under government concessions (Channels 3 and 7). Only […]

New laws needed on govt PR spending

Experts have called for transparency in government advertising and public relations spending, and urged new legislation to ensure this. Speaking at a seminar on “Laws to Control State PR” yesterday, Thailand Development Research Institute researcher Tippatrai Saelawong urged the state to hold fair tenders for its public relations projects, and he proposed laws focusing on […]

Law urged to regulate state PR spending

Transparency ‘will avoid abuse of funds’ A law to regulate state spending on advertising and public relations is needed to ensure transparency and fair play, a seminar has been told. Tippatrai Saelawong, Thailand Development Research Institute researcher, said the amount the state has spent on PR projects is “insignificant” compared with other sectors but there […]

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