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In using Section 112 against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit for raising questions about its vaccine procurement, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government could be said to have, at best, over-reacted. At worst, it's being criticised for abusing the draconian law for political reasons.
Although the government believes that a cut in the employees' contribution to the Social Security Fund (SSF) from 3% to 0.5% is a valuable assistance measure to this vast group of people who are excluded from the latest relief scheme, the measure is still unsubstantiated and unfair.
For years, state authorities have claimed that the Karen issue in the Kaeng Krachan National Park has been settled -- that the indigenous forest dwellers who were evicted from their ancestral land in Bang Kloy village to a resettlement site down the hill have accepted their new life and are happy, while the registration of the forest complex as a Unesco World Heritage Site is well underway.