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Veera Prateepchaikul

Former Editor

Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.

Veera Prateepchaikul
13 Jul 2020

PM must learn to turn other cheek

After six years in office and having earned the unenviable reputation of being an "angry pot" for his occasionally unprovoked outbursts at Government House reporters, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha might have thought it was about time for him to change tack and reach out to media outlets that he didn't appear to admire.

13 Jul 2020 22
29 Jun 2020

Justice imperilled by oversight void

Still remember the talk-of-the-town hit-and-run case almost eight years ago involving Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya who rammed his expensive car into a traffic police officer, killing him at the scene on Sukhumvit Road on the night of Sept 3, 2012?

29 Jun 2020 13
Justice imperilled by oversight void
22 Jun 2020

Recovery needs careful planning

Thailand appears able to contain the spread of coronavirus at home as manifested by the absence of local infection for the past three weeks, thanks to the tireless efforts of the medical personnel and the public health volunteers as well as the cooperation of the majority of the public in observing the basic health requirements of wearing a face mask in public, social distancing and regular hand cleansing.

22 Jun 2020 2
15 Jun 2020

MPs plot while the people struggle

Pressure is steadily building on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from rebel MPs in the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, spearheaded by the Sam Mit faction, for a cabinet reshuffle despite the prime minister having made clear that changing the cabinet is his prerogative.

15 Jun 2020 26
MPs plot while the people struggle
8 Jun 2020

Rebel MPs want their share of the cake

When Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon told the media last week he was not ready to assume the leadership of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), that doesn't mean he will reject the offer in the near future. Otherwise he would have said he didn't want the job because he has been the de facto leader from the very beginning.

8 Jun 2020 21
Rebel MPs want their share of the cake
1 Jun 2020

Letting 'Oak' off needs explaining

Panthongtae "Oak" Shinawatra, the only son of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin, should count himself as one of the lucky few in this country to be granted special treatment from the Office of the Attorney-General.

1 Jun 2020 44
Letting 'Oak' off needs explaining
25 May 2020

The time for a state of emergency is over

Despite opposition by pro-democracy academics and opposition parties, the cabinet is likely to endorse the decision of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to extend the state of emergency for another month until the end of June at its meeting tomorrow.

25 May 2020 8
The time for a state of emergency is over
18 May 2020

Ripe time to learn from Taiwan

The name "Taiwan" seems to be a taboo in Thailand, particularly in officialdom. From the prime minister at the top down to the lowest ranking officials, scarcely any of them mention Taiwan or Taiwan's extraordinary success story in containing Covid-19 as early as March, without resorting to all the lockdown measures being adopted by most countries -- including Thailand -- as they struggle to prevent the spread of the contagion.

18 May 2020 7
4 May 2020

Govt gambles over long weekend

The cabinet took an unnecessary risk when it decided last Tuesday to maintain the public holidays this month against the recommendation of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

4 May 2020 16
20 Apr 2020

No shame in enlisting the wealthy

Imagine the scene of a courtroom, a defendant is escorted in by a prison guard and seated next to his lawyer. Outside the courtroom, several angry people are gathering, with some of them cursing the defendant because of his notorious track record.

20 Apr 2020 16