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.
Stricter guidelines to improve the governance of charities have been proposed, and the public consultation started last week. The guidelines are not laws, but rather than the Government increasing regulation of charities, corporate and individual donors should practise more informed giving and hold charities to high standards, said social affairs reporter Priscilla Goy. http://str.sg/4NSM
Swimmer Quah Zheng Wen's NS deferment will only encourage budding athletes to aim high and pursue excellence. It is also another step towards strengthening the sporting culture here, and is a move that could have wider implications beyond the swimming pool, said sports reporter Chua Siang Yee. http://str.sg/4Ncz
A US$4 billion (S$5.5 billion) investment here by chip-making giant Micron Technology to expand its Senoko plant shows that Singapore has not lost its relevance in the global tech supply chain, said reporter Wong Wei Han. But one swallow does not a summer make and the tough times facing the electronics manufacturing sector here are inescapable. http://str.sg/4NgX
The fact that the population is growing tends to trigger unease among some Singaporeans that conditions will get more difficult. But questions of an ageing population, a smaller workforce, and the likely need to augment from outside are the larger and more pressing concerns the country has to address head-on, said Political Correspondent Charissa Yong. http://str.sg/4Nmg
Most of the 60 students at Singapore's third and newest law school at SIM University next year will have an average work experience of 11 years, and who will hopefully be more prepared to handle the demands of family and criminal law. Filling the growing gap of good practitioners in these fields will ultimately benefit society at large, with the average Singaporean enjoying better access to legal help, said Correspondent Amelia Teng. http://str.sg/4N7i