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Paritta Wangkiat

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Paritta Wangkiat is a Bangkok Post columnist.

Paritta Wangkiat
19 Jul 2021

Covid self-testing came way too late

Since last week, Covid-19 antigen test kits have become available in chemists nationwide.

19 Jul 2021 23
Covid self-testing came way too late
5 Jul 2021

Public trust in govt is quickly eroding

The Covid-19 pandemic chaos has worsened in Bangkok and its vicinity in the past week. With the rise of cases, the arrival of new variants, dubious vaccine deliveries and a lack of hospital ICU beds, people are becoming more infuriated about how the government is handling the Covid situation.

5 Jul 2021 55
Public trust in govt is quickly eroding
16 Jun 2021

Govt must rethink Covid recovery plan

The House of Representatives' recent passing of a controversial loan decree should make the Thai government rethink its post-coronavirus recovery plan.

16 Jun 2021 29
Govt must rethink Covid recovery plan
24 May 2021

User-unfriendly Mor Prom app a flop

Two months ago, the Public Health Ministry announced an ambitious plan to use "Mor Prom," a Line account and mobile application to manage Covid vaccine registrations. Mor Prom is not just another mobile app. The ministry is reported to have adopted artificial intelligence (AI) technology to assist in Covid vaccine registration, dubbed to be the largest mass vaccination in Thai history, to be smooth and seamless.

24 May 2021 48
User-unfriendly Mor Prom app a flop
17 May 2021

Boost opportunities, not handouts

By every standard, Oui is a quintessentially street smart and hardworking Klong Toey resident. She was born in a shanty of the Klong Toey slum -- known as the first slum in the capital.

17 May 2021 4
Boost opportunities, not handouts
3 May 2021

'Penguin' dares to dream of better things

I have met political activist Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak twice in my career as a journalist. The first was five years ago when Parit was a precocious high school student at Triam Udom Suksa, a well-known high school in Bangkok. At that time, he had launched a campaign against the Thai education system that teaches students to be submissive.

3 May 2021 70
'Penguin' dares to dream of better things
26 Apr 2021

Poor left out while rich get priority

As Covid-19 hits the country hard, disparities between the rich and the underprivileged become glaring.

26 Apr 2021 54
Poor left out while rich get priority
12 Apr 2021

Time for govt to show Karen some heart

After struggling for survival on an empty stomach for days, Karen villagers who fled the war atrocities in Myanmar, from an area under the control of the Karen National Union, took shelter along the Salween River. They received some food and medicine, supplied largely by non-profit organisations, temples, Thais, and fellow ethnic people.

12 Apr 2021 9
5 Apr 2021

Thailand must lend a hand to the Karen

Pictures of Karen people, including children and the elderly, crowded on the banks of Myanmar's Salween River while attempting to flee the country as their communities were targeted by air strikes launched by the Tatmadaw, and taking refuge on Thai soil triggered sympathy among many Thais. Criticism has also been deafening over allegations made by human rights groups that Thai authorities pushed back the Karen into the war zone.

5 Apr 2021 12
Thailand must lend a hand to the Karen
22 Mar 2021

Thai superiority complex harms Karen

Taking the case of Bang Kloi Karen villagers, there is no further proof needed that indigenous people in Thailand have a hard life. It's an irony, given that the country in 2007 adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

22 Mar 2021 26
Thai superiority complex harms Karen