Thailand’s Silent Coup and What it Portends

Thailand’s Silent Coup and What it Portends

  BANGKOK – Thailand is once again being convulsed by extreme partisan politics, with the country’s polarisation playing out on Bangkok’s streets. Several people have been killed, and many more have been injured. The sense that Thailand has been through all of this before would have been mildly reassuring were it not for a nagging […]

Thailand’s Democrat Party is Not so Keen on the Whole Democracy Thing

Thailand’s Democrat Party is Not so Keen on the Whole Democracy Thing

BANGKOK – Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament, called for new elections, proposed a national referendum, and even offered to resign to appease anti-government protesters. You might think that would be welcome news to the opposition Democrat Party and the 100,000 demonstrators who returned to the streets on Monday to try yet again to unseat her—but […]

Stop Thailand Murdering Tourists

Stop Thailand Murdering Tourists

  CHIANG RAI – The other day I wrote an article about yet another senseless murder of a Tourist in Thailand.  The young man’s name is Stephen Ashton, 22, who came on holiday, from the United Kingdom, with some friends in order to relax and have a good time in Koh Phanga. Stephen’s holiday and […]

Justice or Politics in Thailand?

Justice or Politics in Thailand?

  BANGKOK – Some say former PM Abhisit is rightfully being charged for supressing the red shirts; other see the case as business as usual. Legal cases against Oxford-educated Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thailand’s former prime minister are starting to pile up. Last month the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) charged the opposition leader over alleged illegal […]

How about a Few New Laws for Thailand?

How about a Few New Laws for Thailand?

  BANGKOK – The following are some of the new laws which I think if judiciously implemented would make a lot of sense and bring happiness to the general public. No doubt readers will be able to come up with some of their own new laws too. New Law No.1: The government must explain in […]

Is Thailand’s Society in Decay

Is Thailand’s Society in Decay

  BANGKOK – The greatest threat to Thailand is not from any foreign power. It is not the man in Dubai, nor is it the invisible hand. It is not the polarization caused by the political divide, nor is it even the corruption. The greatest threat to Thailand is our own weak character – the […]

New Cambodian and Thai Visas Worthless

  BANGKOK – The new Cambodian and Thai visa arrangement is a PR stunt to conceal the fact that seven years of negotiations over common Asean visas have yielded nothing except petty squabbles and internal fighting in Thailand about who gets to siphon off visa fees. Virtually all of the nationalities listed can get a […]

Taking a Stand against Corruption in Thailand

Taking a Stand against Corruption in Thailand

  BANGKOK – It is a shame that while Thailand is organizing a campaign against corruption, the latest survey result by Transparency International showed the country’s ranking has slipped. The latest Corruption Perceptions Index survey listed Thailand at number 88 out of 176 countries surveyed. The level of corruption in Thailand is perceived to be […]