Columnnist

Wasant Techawongtham

Freelance Reporter

Freelance Reporter and Managing Editor of Milky Way Press.

Wasant Techawongtham
20 Mar 2021

Will city's pavement madness ever end?

Navigating Bangkok's pavements is like walking in a mine field or an obstacle course. But everybody who has ever travelled in the city on foot knows that.

20 Mar 2021 39
Will city's pavement madness ever end?
6 Mar 2021

Dark clouds hover as political heat rises

Three members of the cabinet and several others were given jail sentences last week for their roles in toppling the Yingluck Shinawatra government.

6 Mar 2021 37
Dark clouds hover as political heat rises
20 Feb 2021

Fairer welfare threatens the status quo

Early this week, Krungthai Bank branches throughout the country were swarmed by large mobs of people wanting to register for the Rao Chana assistance programme.

20 Feb 2021 22
Fairer welfare threatens the status quo
23 Jan 2021

Online learning prompts error message

Since the second Covid-19 outbreak began, the government under ex-junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha has been bumbling its way trying to find the right mix of solutions.

23 Jan 2021 11
Online learning prompts error message
9 Jan 2021

The smallest of things can destroy us

There were no celebrations during the New Year holidays, at least not like the ones we have had in previous years. The coronavirus has disrupted what used to be a festive season and life in general.

9 Jan 2021 16
The smallest of things can destroy us
12 Dec 2020

Amid hazy skies, need for reform is clear

I picked up my older brother who flew down from Chiang Mai a few days ago. The first thing he said to me was that when he looked down as the plane flew over Bangkok, all he saw was haze.

12 Dec 2020 48
Amid hazy skies, need for reform is clear
28 Nov 2020

Woeful govt incapable of solving crisis

So, the Prayut Chan-o-cha regime is resorting to slapping the lese majeste law against protesters again. Up to 14 protest leaders have so far been summoned to answer charges.

28 Nov 2020 117
Woeful govt incapable of solving crisis
14 Nov 2020

A more unequal society than ever before

In 1982 a major Swiss bank listed Thailand as the most unequal in the world, ahead of Russia and India. In fact, for the past several years, Thailand has been rated by various institutions as one of the most unequal countries.

14 Nov 2020 42
A more unequal society than ever before
31 Oct 2020

Kids expose the cracks behind the smiles

The situation in Thailand today is reminiscent of what happened in the US in the 1960s and 70s. It was a time of tumult and young people were in revolt.

31 Oct 2020 45
Kids expose the cracks behind the smiles
17 Oct 2020

'Critical' state of emergency not justified

Words can hardly express my sense of outrage and dismay at the use of overwhelming force to disperse peaceful protesters early on Thursday morning.

17 Oct 2020 96
'Critical' state of emergency not justified