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  • March 31, 2015

    A mistake to even mention Thaksin in same breath as LKY

    Letter-writer Hugh Walford and the column to which he was responding ("In praising the Lee model, PM could be endorsing Thaksin model", Burning Issue, March 25) were off the mark in either damning or praising Thaksin Shinawatra. First, Thaksin is not in the same class as Lee Kuan Yew. The former was an up-and-coming...

    Opinion
  • March 30, 2015

    The late Lee Kuan Yew was AN anti-graft hero

    .... When it comes to the Thai political crisis, Singapore has not always been seen in a good light. Its close connection with former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra means one half of Thailand can never fully trust the neighbouring country. However, Singapore's friendship with the fugitive telecoms tycoon...

    Opinion
  • March 29, 2015

    Law enforcement needs to be monitored

    ... officials are quick to embrace repressive laws thinking it will makes their work easier to chase down suspected insurgents on the ground. It was Thaksin Shinawatra who empowered security agencies working in the southernmost provinces with the controversial emergency decree a decade ago. Critics, like former...

    Opinion
  • March 29, 2015

    Thaksin is to blame for Yingluck's troubles

    ... a few million baht as though it were more important than one involving more than B600 billion - such as the rice-pledging scheme By the way, if Thaksin had not given Yingluck the green light to enter politics, would Yingluck have become Thailand's prime minister and be in the big mess she finds herself...

    Opinion
  • March 28, 2015

    Independent, neutral witnesses needed

    ... that could set the record straight. I suggested that the authorities/military and the media should let cameras run 24/7 (on low speed) since the Thaksin camp with the red shirts in the front had done everything they could to avoid documentation of what occurred by covering up all the surveillance cameras in...

    Opinion
  • March 27, 2015

    Lee Kuan Yew versus Thaksin Shinawatra

    It beggars belief that you published Wednesday's column inviting comparisons between the record of Thaksin and Lee Kuan Yew. As evidence of the close relationship between the two, you cite the deal between Shin Corp and Temasek. This was probably the straw that broke the Thai camel's back. Can you not remember...

    Opinion
  • March 26, 2015

    Prayut may get smile from Thaksin at Lee funeral

    Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Thaksin intended to go to Singapore to pay his respects to Lee's family. He may not be present at the official function but he will attend the portion of the funeral that is open to the public. "It is unlikely that he will meet General Prayut, who will also attend the event...

    Politics
  • March 26, 2015

    Take your pick of dictators

    Despite reports that he is no longer representing former PM Thaksin, the Washington lawyer never loses an opportunity to join others in bashing Prayut and his staff. Notably, these very same people stayed silent when political rallies came under grenade attack last year and the attackers went free while...

    Opinion
  • March 25, 2015

    Their Majesties the King and Queen express condolences at Lee's death

    ... of Lee senior at the invitation of the Singaporean government. He, however, denied a rumour that he would also meet self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra who reportedly would visit Singapore on March 28, saying he has nothing to do with Thaksin. Meanwhile, Deputy Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern...

    National
  • March 25, 2015

    In praising the Lee model, PM could be endorsing Thaksin model

    ... develop in accordance with Lee's Singapore model, it was not necessary for them to stage a military coup twice in less than 10 years to get rid of Thaksin Shinawatra and his cronies from Thai politics. Lee Kuan Yew and the Singapore model was indeed Thaksin's role model for nation building when the ex-PM was...

    Politics