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Rethink MFP wage plan
The Move Forward Party (MFP) policy to immediately increase the daily minimum wage to 450 baht and adjust it annually to keep up with inflation is generating widespread debate. While the intention to support unskilled workers may be noble, it is crucial to acknowledge the potential impacts on businesses and the overall economy.
Brave fight to save local landmark
Visitors to Kanchanaburi City rarely fail to notice a sprawling complex of gigantic old buildings that have served as the municipality's landmark for almost a century. This awe-inspiring site is Thailand's first paper mill, and the Kanchanaburi people have been rallying around it to preserve their local history and heritage.
Building roads safely
Road accidents are frequent on Rama II Road, also known as Highway 35, which is the only main artery to the southern region.
Heritage went off the rails
The controversial high-speed train project involving a tall structure and gigantic station plan that threatens the aesthetic value of the Ayutthaya heritage site, epitomises the loopholes in the country’s conservation regulations.
Don't delay poll results
Almost two weeks after the national election, there is little sign that the Election Commission (EC) will officially endorse the poll results any time soon.
Get tough on plastics
As the nation marked World Turtle Day on Tuesday, the caretaker administration made the decision to send Thai delegates to take part in the drafting of an international treaty to regulate the plastic industry, which will take place in Paris later this month.
Fix weed law
The shocking news about a cannabis shop standing side-by-side with a convent school on Silom Road is a reminder that Thailand needs good laws and stronger community-based surveillance to regulate ganja dispensaries as they mushroom across the country.
MFP needs solid team
Statistically, it is often observed that after a general election, the stock index experiences a significant jump, reflecting the heightened confidence of investors once the political scene becomes clearer.
Rethink how we tackle gambling
Addiction to gambling -- a quiet, subtle affliction -- has long been a festering issue in Thailand. In pursuit of a quick fortune, many end up trapped in the vicious grip of gambling. Despite strict laws, gambling remains a rampant problem affecting multiple facets of society.
A probe too far
The Public Health Ministry's disciplinary probe against Dr Supat Hasuwannakit, director of Songkhla's Saba Yoi Hospital and president of the Rural Doctors Society (RDS), heightens suspicions about whether the move is politically motivated.