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.

Indonesia has announced that it will no longer allow its citizens to work as live-in maids abroad. Indonesia correspondent Arlina Arshad said there are many hurdles to overcome before this policy can be implemented. http://str.sg/4o9V


Manpower correspondent Toh Yong Chuan said the authorities are right to worry about workplace safety, given 28 deaths in the first quarter. But he said errant bosses need to face stiffer penalties, including deterrent jail sentences. http://str.sg/4oL9


Yet another home-grown brand, Eu Yan Sang, is exiting from the Singapore Exchange. Business reporter Grace Leong noted that the recent delisting trend could affect efforts to attract regional players to the Singapore market. http://str.sg/4o8e


Teenagers here are not getting enough sleep. Mind & Body writer Joyce Teo said studies show lack of sleep can lead to problems such as depression and obesity later in life, so the issue needs to be tackled seriously. http://str.sg/4onh


A spate of cybercrimes targeting banks in Asia has highlighted the importance of cyber security. Assistant business editor Yasmine Yahya noted that Singapore, as an international financial hub, needs to ensure strong IT security. http://str.sg/4oKb

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe