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Sirinya Wattanasukchai

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Sirinya Wattanasukchai is a columnist for the Bangkok Post.

Sirinya Wattanasukchai
7 Jan 2021

Government still plays the virus blame game

Almost three weeks after the first Covid infection in a Samut Sakhon seafood market was detected, the government still plays the blame game, with migrant workers as a convenient target. Am I surprised?

7 Jan 2021 21
21 Dec 2020

Singapore's win shows street food scene needs push

Singapore has done it again! The island state's hawker culture has finally won Unesco recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

21 Dec 2020 15
2 Dec 2020

Uniform fuss can't be tackled uniformly

With some phu yai rattled by the campaign for students to wear casual attire launched on Tuesday by the "Bad Students" group, I am glad that we've come to the point where school uniforms may be disposed of. This could be the first time we've had a real discussion about them.

2 Dec 2020 24
Uniform fuss can't be tackled uniformly
26 Nov 2020

Gimme shelter as we wait for fewer buses

When I saw City Hall calling for new Bangkok bus stop designs, I was excited. The voices of regular people like millions of bus commuters would finally be heard. But when I went through the competition's requirements, I wasn't sure if there was anything worth celebrating.

26 Nov 2020 16
Gimme shelter as we wait for  fewer buses
20 Nov 2020

CP-Tesco merger spells pain for small businesses

The decision by the government's competition watchdog to approve the merger of Charoen Pokphand Group and local retail business Tesco Lotus left me speechless.

20 Nov 2020 48
12 Nov 2020

Build affordable options for the country's elderly

At first glance, I thought the latest elderly care facility, the Senior Complex Project initiated by the Treasury Department and Ramathibodi Hospital, would be an ideal facility for Thailand's ageing society. But upon looking further into the project's details, I'm not so sure.

12 Nov 2020 8
5 Nov 2020

City's history being lost to fake facade of beauty

The new graffiti on the walls along the recently facelifted Klong Ong Ang became the talk of the town so I decided not to miss out on it. City Hall wrapped up the artwork just in time for the recent Loy Kratong festivities.

5 Nov 2020 12
29 Oct 2020

Could quarantine facilities be slacking?

Almost the same time the tourism authorities welcomed the first batch of long-stay tourists from China last week, local media reported a new infection, a Thai-French woman, who completed the mandatory alternative state quarantine (ASQ) and somehow, after she left, tested positive for the coronavirus.

29 Oct 2020 4
Could quarantine facilities be slacking?
21 Oct 2020

Govt gets it all wrong in closing down train lines

Should I, or should I not, take the train today?" might be the question du jour for city commuters right now. Apart from checking if a train is running or delayed, commuters find it helps to remain flexible in case authorities suddenly order the train services to temporarily shut. Such has been the response to the pro-democracy rallies that have erupted daily since the Oct 15 crackdown, when riot police used water cannon to disperse crowds.

21 Oct 2020 30
16 Oct 2020

Too many lives being lost at train crossings

It was Sunday morning and a group of Buddhists from Samut Prakan were on their way to make merit at a temple in Chachoengsao. Yet the trip ended in a tragedy as their vehicle crashed into a freight train. Altogether, 19 were killed and a few dozen injured.

16 Oct 2020 19