Why It Matters

Every day on Page 2 of The Straits Times, reporters write about why certain news reports matter to readers. This is a weekly round-up of the columns.

Bersih hopes a seven-week nationwide roadshow from Oct 1 will woo rural Malays, the country's most important vote bank, to take part in an anti-Najib protest rally in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19. But the real test of the electoral reform group's success will be when Malay villagers make the shorter trip to the ballot box at the next election - and whether or not they vote for PM Najib Razak, said Malaysia Bureau Chief Shannon Teoh. http://str.sg/4GML


The capture of Basri, leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen militant group, in Poso last week, will not spell the end of extremism.

But if this high-value target, or HVT in military-speak, is willing to be turned, he will be a vital source of intelligence for security agencies in the wider war on terrorism, wrote Indonesia Bureau Chief Francis Chan. http://str.sg/4Gnq


Latest figures from the Manpower Ministry showed that job openings fell below the number of job seekers for the first time since 2012. As disruptive technologies are set to create more upsets, everyone, not just those out of work, should keep an eye on industries that are up and coming and those that are winding down - and prepare to pick up new skills, said reporter Joanna Seow. http://str.sg/4GX7


Last week, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran called for retailers to transform their business - such as by using online channels and engaging shoppers through mobile applications - to help them stay relevant.

This is timely, said reporter Melissa Lin, since consumers today can get more shopping options online, often at lower prices, and even have their purchases conveniently delivered to their homes. http://str.sg/4GE3


The recently announced Lift Enhancement Programme is expected to boost lift safety in public housing estates, but it is not mandatory and applies only to lifts that are 18 years old or newer. Older lifts will come under the town councils' existing lift replacement regimes.

Considering how more than a third of Singapore's lifts are in HDB blocks - where 80 per cent of the population lives - the moves to modernise lifts, while costly, are necessary to prevent more mishaps, wrote reporter Yeo Sam Jo. http://str.sg/4GyW

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe