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Bangkok Post editorial column

These editorials represent Bangkok Post thoughts about current issues and situations.

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8 Feb 2023

Vape issue has no easy fix

The recent news of police extorting tourists for possessing e-cigarettes raises the question of whether it's time or not to legalise these electronic devices. But it's an issue that goes beyond limiting the income stream of crooked cops.

8 Feb 2023 20
Vape issue has no easy fix
7 Feb 2023

Review press council plan

The bill on the promotion of media ethics and professional standards is set to be read by a joint session of parliament on Tuesday. Sponsored by the government's Public Relations Department (PRD), the legislation seeks to create a professional council for media practitioners, which would be funded by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's (NBTC) media development fund.

7 Feb 2023 9
Review press council plan
6 Feb 2023

Graft is still pervasive

Thailand's latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score saw it "improve" by nine places to 101st out of 180 countries. However, despite the positive trajectory, it is too soon to start celebrating just yet.

6 Feb 2023 19
Graft is still pervasive
5 Feb 2023

PM's co-existence plan under fire

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha in his capacity as chairman of the National Security Council recently launched an action plan to encourage peaceful coexistence in Thailand.

5 Feb 2023 8
PM's co-existence plan under fire
4 Feb 2023

Don’t rush sub deal

As the current government’s term will soon end, it’s bewildering to see how the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is apparently speeding up its decision-making process on whether it will continue with a highly questionable submarine procurement from China.

4 Feb 2023 3
Don’t rush sub deal
3 Feb 2023

EC as arbiter of justice

With two long-awaited organic laws governing the election of MPs and political parties coming into effect, politicians are geared up for the next general election that is set to take place on May 7 -- if parliament runs its course.

3 Feb 2023 12
EC as arbiter of justice
2 Feb 2023

Transfer suspicions

In the bureaucratic system, transferring a state official is hardly unusual. But this seems not to be the case for government critic Dr Supat Hasuwannakit, director of Chana Hospital in Songkhla province.

2 Feb 2023 14
Transfer suspicions
1 Feb 2023

Respect for refugees

On Feb 1, 2021, the world was shocked as the Myanmar military staged a coup, pushing the country formerly seen as a new poster-boy of democracy back to an Orwellian state.

1 Feb 2023 15
Respect for refugees
31 Jan 2023

RTP graft is out of control

The Royal Thai Police's (RTP) record on corruption and misconduct is at an all-time low. It's reached the point where there's not a month or perhaps a week that goes by without news of RTP shenanigans.

31 Jan 2023 42
RTP graft is out of control
30 Jan 2023

Cash for votes a no-go

Thailand has a history of using money to influence the outcome of elections, with allegations of vote buying, campaign finance violations and influence peddling marring past elections.

30 Jan 2023 25
Cash for votes a no-go