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Surasak Glahan

Deputy Op-ed Editor

Surasak Glahan is deputy op-ed editor of the Bangkok Post.

Surasak Glahan
21 Nov 2019

Thanathorn guilty, but motive in doubt

It's official. Rising star opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has been disqualified as a party-list MP.

21 Nov 2019 70
Thanathorn guilty, but motive in doubt
14 Nov 2019

Hun Sen learns how to fake democracy

Cambodia may avoid trade sanctions from the EU and US if its government has learnt the art of faking a return to democracy and rule of law from Thailand, which has done its neighbour a huge favour by barring entry to its exiled opposition leaders.

14 Nov 2019 20
Hun Sen learns how to fake democracy
17 Oct 2019

Silly conspiracy theories fall flat with young folk

The latest attempt to try to find fault with Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is not only misplaced, but very silly.

17 Oct 2019 69
Silly conspiracy theories fall flat with young folk
10 Oct 2019

Integrity vital as our system falters

In recent months, questionable logic in the justice process involving certain political cases has raised many eyebrows -- as many as were raised by the Election Commission's ruling that helped the first runner-up party form and lead a government after the March election.

10 Oct 2019 16
3 Oct 2019

Tackling Asean's corporate cronyism

Many Southeast Asian countries have been breeding grounds for unchecked and unregulated relations between government and big conglomerates.

3 Oct 2019 4
Tackling Asean's corporate cronyism
9 Jun 2019

Political purge all in the name of law

What's next for Thailand after things went according to (the military regime's) plan, with junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha as our prime minister?

9 Jun 2019 25
Political purge all in the name of law
23 May 2019

Clone wars: FFP boss is not Thaksin 2.0

The ongoing media shareholding case against Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit may not have come this far if he wasn't ultra rich and moderately successful. But his high net-worth and popularity makes him a clone of ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra in the eyes of the anti-Thaksin elite and conservative media, who seem to be on a crusade to stop Mr Thanathorn's rise.

23 May 2019 72
Clone wars: FFP boss is not Thaksin 2.0
2 May 2019

Targeting FFP boss sets bad precedent

Here we go again. Another seemingly excessive and dubious use of law to bring down the rising political star Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The Election Commission (EC) has accused the Future Forward Party (FFP) leader of breaking the election law by failing to transfer his shares in V-Luck Media Co prior to running in the general election. If found guilty, he will be disqualified from serving in the Lower House.

2 May 2019 36
Targeting FFP boss sets bad precedent
4 Apr 2019

Fanning flames of hate speech will end in tears

In a press briefing that was staged to stress his intent to denounce hate speech, army chief Apirat Kongsompong on Tuesday actually fanned the flames of hatred against self-proclaimed "pro-democracy" political parties and their members.

4 Apr 2019 18
Fanning flames of hate speech will end in tears
28 Mar 2019

Another poll, another missed opportunity

With over a decade of political turmoil and almost five years under a military dictatorship, it comes as no surprise that Thailand is no longer the front-running economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia. The country's economic growth has been much lower than that of Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

28 Mar 2019 27