Thailand has long been plagued by nepotism — the behaviour and practice of those in power and influence of favouring relatives and friends by giving them jobs. Nepotism has close links to patronage and cronyism and can easily lead to corruption.
When political reforms themselves are reformed time and again, they can revert back to their pre-reform beginnings. This phenomenon appears to be afflicting Thailand's ongoing constitutional-drafting process, which is stuck in a circuitous time warp.
In December, I expressed concerns about the bad reputation of Chinese tourists in Thailand and other countries. Unfortunately, problems caused by them have persisted and many Thais have started to react. Last month, Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai imposed a temporary ban on Chinese tourists after some of them dirtied the temple's toilets. Days later, a picture showed a Chinese tourist kicking sacred bells at a temple in Chiang Mai. Many Thais were understandably outraged.
I see no reason why the prime minister had to urge political factions to tone down their criticism of the draft charter. He should leave this to the army. He was wasting his time talking to people who don’t want to be reformed.
For men and women, roads are not the same. Infrastructure, such as streets, transit systems, and cell phone networks, makes a significantly bigger difference to a woman's life and work than a man's.
The provision of telecommunication spectrum allocation for 4G mobile phones of the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequencies had been scheduled for auction in August and September 2014.
Thailand is blessed with mineral resources which have yet to be exploited to their full potential.
It's that time of a year again when suffocation from haze pollution is the order of the day in the North. Farmers cannot escape the blame for their agricultural burning. But neither can the feed and biofuel industries which encourage corn and sugar plantations on the highlands with severe consequences for the environment and public health.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to halt the installation of condom vending machines in city-run schools. Following the ruling, all dispensers have been removed.
The Charter Drafting Committee (CDC) has announced the new charter's four main objectives. All are high-minded goals. The question is whether the new charter can attain them.
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