Bungling govt is losing the PM2.5 war

Almost a month since hazardous ultra-fine PM2.5 dust particles began shrouding the capital, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally flexed his muscles this week by pledging to ban vehicles emitting black smoke from entering the city.

“If dust levels exceed 100 microgrammes per cubic metre [µg/m³], the government will take over and everyone will be affected,” the prime minister told the media after a mobile cabinet meeting in the far South province of Narathiwat.

I have to confess I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I heard the PM’s announcement.

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Anchalee Kongrut