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Ploenpote Atthakor

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Ploenpote Atthakor is editorial pages editor, Bangkok Post.

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27 Jul 2020

'Boss' case the rule not the exception

Sooner rather than later, we will witness two major state agencies pointing the finger at each other over the infamous hit-and-run case involving Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, the Red Bull scion. The two agencies are none other than the Royal Thai Police and the Office of Attorney-General (OAG) which is in hot water for dropping a major charge against the man behind the steering wheel of the Ferrari that, in the wee hours of that fateful day on Sept 3, 2012, killed a police officer.

27 Jul 2020 24
'Boss' case the rule not the exception
11 Jul 2020

Preserve our heritage, don't leave it to rot

Recent news reports that a bust of Chao Phraya Kosathibodi (Kosa Pan), one of the first Siamese ambassadors, was "stolen" from its plinth on the Rue de Siam in the French city of Brest shocked cultural enthusiasts.

11 Jul 2020 13
13 Jun 2020

'Thais-only' policy is racism, pure and simple

'This cannot be serious" was my initial reaction to news reports saying the Transport Company is imposing a ban on foreign travellers as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.

13 Jun 2020 276
26 Apr 2020

Don't build a wall against our own people

A famous quote, "Numbers never lie", comes to my mind often as the country copes with the coranavirus outbreak which all of a sudden has some Thais obsessed with numbers and case counting.

26 Apr 2020 22
17 Apr 2020

Red-tape mess making hard times harder

A hairdresser in my neighbourhood told me she didn't get the 5,000-baht cash handout she's entitled to. Frustrated, she has little, if any hope.

17 Apr 2020 37
10 Apr 2020

Bangkok booze ban is the last thing we need

Social distancing as a means to curb Covid-19? OK. Partial curfew after 10pm until 4am, probably OK.

10 Apr 2020 67
28 Mar 2020

Anutin must get a grip in battle against the virus

Despite not having contracted the Covid-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul finds himself in deep trouble.

28 Mar 2020 86
21 Mar 2020

Virus a wake-up call to change our bad habits

With Covid-19 infection cases soaring past 300 in a short time, we have now realised the battle with this disease will be much tougher than we thought. In other words, despite the predicament in Wuhan, we unforgivably underestimated the threat it posed.

21 Mar 2020 8
28 Feb 2020

Smog a bigger problem than coronavirus

For more than three months, facial masks have become a necessity for Thais, though not all the people find this accessory affordable or easy to obtain.

28 Feb 2020 30
22 Jan 2020

Blame game no solution to smog woes

Be warned, everyone. The ultra-fine PM2.5 dust will not be going away anytime soon.

22 Jan 2020 11