People wearing face masks sit on chairs as they queue to file complaints for not yet receiving the 5,000 Thai baht (150 USD) financial assistance for those whose income is impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in front of the Public Relations Department in Bangkok on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Will COVID-19 give birth to a welfare state in Thailand?

Thailand’s economy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 fallout, with numerous layoffs, working hours cut and people’s income plunging. The government has implemented a raft of relief packages to…

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Thai PM defends submarine purchase and explains causes of huge public debt

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended the Royal Thai Navy’s 22 billion baht procurement of three Yuan-class submarines from China as being worth the taxpayers’ money, compared to the 24…

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inside the Parliament House of Thailand

Thailand’s MPs begin second and final readings of the budget bill

The House of Representatives today (Wednesday) began the second and final readings of the budget bill for the 2021 fiscal year. The debate is scheduled to end tomorrow, but could…

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