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.

The uncovering of a plan by the leader of a terrorist cell in Batam to attack Marina Bay is a stark reminder that Singapore remains a prized target for terrorists. This plot, as well as the arrest of radicalised Singaporeans, also underlines the ominous reality that it is not a question of if, but when, Singapore will be hit by terrorists, foreign or domestic, said Indonesia bureau chief Francis Chan. http://str.sg/4cxG


The legality of virtual private network (VPN), which has been a contentious piece of technology here, is now under review. In question is the level of clarity Singapore's Copyright Act should have on VPN, which has legitimate uses and would be impossible to ban, tech editor Irene Tham pointed out. http://str.sg/4cT6


Disruptive innovation is hardly new, but what is unprecedented is the sheer speed of change roiling today's economy. Embracing change is the only option and having a nimble and adaptable mindset is already half the battle won, said economics correspondent Chia Yan Min. http://str.sg/4cw8


It is welcome news that the Government is looking at how female victims of sexual assault are treated in court and during the investigation, said reporter Kok Xing Hui. They should feel that the courts will accord justice, and they will not be judged. http://str.sg/4ckC


The choice of China for de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's first non-Asean state visit underscores their crucial bilateral ties that cut across areas like trade and energy security. How Beijing fleshes out a working relationship with Myanmar's civilian administration will be closely watched, said Thailand correspondent Tan Hui Yee. http://str.sg/4qCQ

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe