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  • October 22, 2014

    Construction of 181 police stations to begin on Jan 1

    ... and the Office of Public Works would evaluate the damage incurred by the abandonment of the project to build 396 police stations approved by the Abhisit Vejjajiva government so it can seek compensation from the contractor. He said the damage was estimated to be around Bt8 billion.

  • October 17, 2014

    Populism by any other name is still populist

    ... farmers. Since then, populist policies have become a popular tool for politicians and political parties to try to woo the electorate. The Abhisit Vejjajiva government spent around Bt18 billion to hand out Bt2,000 cheques to those whose monthly income was not more than Bt15,000. One of the flagship populist...

  • October 13, 2014

    Stephff draws fine line searching for the funny face of politics

    ... characters well reflect the country's political scene. This time, his new solo exhibition will feature the likes of Yingluck, Suthep Thaugsuban, Abhisit Vejjajiva and the upcoming star coup-maker Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Many assumed the coup would bring less artistic freedom - but in the world of cartoons...

  • October 6, 2014

    Prayut's media skills need some honing

    ... yet reveal information with good quotes - something Prayut has been trying to do but so far to no avail. Anand Panyarachun, Chuan Leekpai and Abhisit Vejjajiva were the three leaders who maintained the highest professional relations with the media. The trio kept a distance from reporters and answered their enquiries...

  • October 6, 2014

    Abhisit ready to be replaced if party members want that

    ... recently for their inability to be a credible alternative to Pheu Thai Party, especially among the rural poor, and part of the blame was placed on Abhisit's leadership capabilities. Some critics have suggested the party needs a new leader to boost its popularity. "However, any change in leadership will...

  • October 4, 2014

    Tanasak's accented English is what the world prefers

    Your columnist Supalak Ganjanakhundee shares the common belief that Anand Panyarachun and Abhisit Vejjajiva are role models for Thais aspiring to speak English. I do not agree. Foreigners prefer Thais speaking English like Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn did at the UN. He was clear and slow, but brief to...

  • October 1, 2014

    'Give NRC a chance before judging it'

    ... the former government were not included. Critics said this "unbalanced" make-up undermines the prospect of reform being successful or accepted. Abhisit, a former PM, said people would judge the NRC by its "work transparency, the level of public access to their work methodology, information, process and...

  • October 1, 2014

    Content of speech more significant than language skills

    ... poor English. Role models for Thai leaders are people like former premiers Anand Panyarachun, who was educated at Cambridge, and Oxford graduate Abhisit Vejjajiva, who speaks English fluently. Many say their English is better than a lot of farang. Indeed, many Thais, including the elite, have an inferiority...

  • October 1, 2014

    Import curbs urged on photovoltaic solar modules

    ... renewable-fuelled power stations, accounting for at least 5 per cent of their fossil-fuel-run projects. But the requirement was abandoned by the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration a couple of years later. "If we had not invested in the project, we would now be holding on to Bt2 billion in cash," he said. ...

  • September 28, 2014

    Poll has shown why reform will be tough

    ... to the limits. But it is probably irrelevant now to say who was more wrong. The question is how Thailand can achieve genuine political peace when Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra remain virtually neck and neck as the country's most popular prime ministerial candidates. Thailand's much-talked-about "reform...