Aren’t we all supposed to be hugely excited now that we have a new constitution, rolled out on April 6? Aren’t we supposed to be celebrating a new era of democracy? Aren’t we all ready for another new chapter in Thailand’s political life?
If Thailand is serious about becoming a “4.0 nation”, there are valuable lessons to be learned from Estonia, a tiny country of 1.3 million people that has dramatically built itself into a digital wonderland. Estonia is a 5.0 nation while we are still groping for ways to hit 4.0.
China joining the TPP? At first, the idea was floated from Beijing. But it was shot down almost immediately. Of course, one safe way out of an embarrassing situation for officials is to blame it on a “misunderstanding” by “certain media outlets”.
It was an eerie feeling but nevertheless quite real. While brainstorming with my fellow Thai journalists last week on how to put a stop to the government’s emerging “command-and-control” effort against press freedom, I was reminded of a similar battle our American counterparts are facing against a president who is “confrontational, provocative, subversive and downright unapologetic”.
Documents have recently emerged revealing bribery scandals over the past two decades at various Thai state enterprises, which have failed to take action against the culprits despite clear evidence and even confessions of wrongdoing from agents in the US and UK.
A committee tasked by the National Reform Acceleration Council with scrutinising the media has proposed radical changes to the law. The committee members apparently equated “reform” with “control”. The resulting draft law will open the way for politicians and bureaucrats to decide who can or cannot become media professionals.
Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, recently elevated from deputy to full education minister, must know he bears a huge weight of expectation to kick-start “real reform” of the country’s education system. He obviously intends to “make things happen”. But then, he doesn’t want to disappoint his many well-wishers either.
I took a close look at the 2017 crystal ball the other day – and the only clear sign staring at me was for uncertainty, chaos and confusion. It’s the Year of the Rooster – and a fiery rooster at that.
Politicians flocked to a meeting yesterday to debate a draconian draft law – perhaps the most stringent in history – aimed at governing their activities in the run-up to the general election scheduled for the latter part of next year.
If you are seeking clues to gain a clear picture of President Donald Trump’s policy towards Asia and Asean, don’t consult his official platform on foreign policy. I tried but couldn’t find any substantial evidence that offered clarity.
US President-elect Donald Trump has made it official: He will tear up the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade initiative launched by outgoing President Barack Obama once he moves into the White House on January 20.