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.

Homes account for 60 per cent of all mosquito breeding spots found by the National Environment Agency, health reporter Linette Lai noted. With dengue cases threatening to exceed the record 22,000 infections in 2013, everyone needs to step up to help eliminate the mosquito problem. http://str.sg/ZCsM


Giving fathers an extra week of mandatory paternity leave will raise costs for employers, deputy money editor Aaron Low acknowledged. But as a parent himself, he added that this move is absolutely crucial if Singapore is to encourage couples to have more children. http://str.sg/ZCgr


Job continuity is not to be taken for granted, manpower correspondent Toh Yong Chuan wrote, especially since the Singapore economy this year seems fragile. Japanese e-commerce Rakuten's abrupt closure recently, with its layoffs, could just be the tip of the iceberg. http://str.sg/ZCdD


News of a museum to showcase the Istana's heritage is timely. Reporter Lim Yan Liang pointed out that Singaporeans are hungry for information about Singapore's history, and this gallery will feed that hunger as well as stoke a greater appetite for the Istana's 150-year history. http://str.sg/ZCix


Indonesia announced recently that it is relaxing its rules to encourage foreign investors. Business writer Chong Koh Ping said this could offer Singapore businesses good opportunities for growth. Singapore brands could tap Indonesia as a market, given that it has about 250 million people. http://str.sg/ZC4q

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe