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Chairith Yonpiam

Assistant news editor

Chairith Yonpiam is assistant news editor, Bangkok Post.

Chairith Yonpiam
28 Mar 2020

Covid-19 crisis brings out the empathy

As the Covid-19 virus continues whipping us with more infections, 1,136 cases at last count, a wave of empathy has surged in our society.

28 Mar 2020 19
Covid-19 crisis brings out the empathy
14 Mar 2020

Covid-19 confusion risks doom for govt

With the Covid-19 outbreak slowly getting out of hand, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government is experiencing a crisis of confidence. State agencies tasked with disease control have been underperforming, a testament to a lack of unity and policy direction. The government has failed to clearly communicate with the people, and that has been intensifying public confusion. The worst part is that there is speculation that some public figures have been shamefully cashing in on the situation. An investigation is underway to prove if those in the face-mask hoarding racket have connections with someone in the cabinet.

14 Mar 2020 53
Covid-19 confusion risks doom for govt
29 Feb 2020

Voices of student dissent must be heard

Since the dissolution of the Future Forward Party (FFP) on Feb 21, Thai society has witnessed an escalating challenge to the Prayut Chan-o-cha government by university students across the country. Now a number of school students have joined the bandwagon with a series of flash mobs.

29 Feb 2020 29
Voices of student dissent must be heard
15 Feb 2020

Apirat's vow to reform military misses the mark

The Feb 8 shooting rampage which claimed 30 lives in Korat is a tragic shock. Yet, there must be a thorough investigation into its root causes and necessary actions must be taken to convert this tragedy into a lesson in order to prevent it happening again.

15 Feb 2020 19
1 Feb 2020

Punish proxies who imperilled economy

Proxy voting has again rocked Thai politics. The guilty politicians may claim they had no idea about the consequences of the voting irregularity, but it's undeniable that the practice now threatens to void the 2020 budget bill and has caused enormous damage to the country.

1 Feb 2020 18
Punish proxies who imperilled economy
18 Jan 2020

Korn's Democrat exit could let him shine

The surprise departure of Korn Chatikavanij from the Democrats deals a heavy blow to the oldest political party which was already struggling in an unfavourable political atmosphere. The bold move, however, gives the prominent politician a new opportunity with speculation rife he is about to found a new party. Political observers also foresee the possibility of Mr Korn becoming a new choice for PM in the next election.

18 Jan 2020 10
Korn's Democrat exit could let him shine
4 Jan 2020

Political storms that will define 2020

The new year has begun with intensifying political confrontation, a consequence of a move to disband the Future Forward Party.

4 Jan 2020 26
Political storms that will define 2020
21 Dec 2019

Is return of political violence inevitable?

The powers that be should not underestimate the "flash mob", the first street protest since the March 24 elections, organised last week by the opposition Future Forward Party (FFP). On the surface, the incident may stem from the resentment of FFP and its supporters over the Election Commission's (EC) move to have the new party dissolved, but it cannot be denied there are also many elements that echo dismay with the coup and subsequent election.

21 Dec 2019 85
Is return of political violence inevitable?
7 Dec 2019

Pareena probe must set a precedent

The legal case against Palang Pracharath MP for Ratchaburi Pareena Kraikupt, whose poultry farm is suspected of sitting on part of a forest reserve, must be pursued seriously in order to set a precedent. If she is in the wrong, she should face the consequences to show that no one is above the law.

7 Dec 2019 15
Pareena probe must set a precedent
23 Nov 2019

Young firebrands face uncertain fate

After the Constitutional Court's controversial verdict disqualifying Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over the V-Luck shares saga, a domino effect for the business-tycoon-turned-politician and his party looks to be on the horizon.

23 Nov 2019 30
Young firebrands face uncertain fate