Why It Matters

Work in progress to swop the ageing timber sleepers on the East-West MRT Line with more durable concrete replacements last year. The North-South and East-West lines have now had their sleepers replaced.
Work in progress to swop the ageing timber sleepers on the East-West MRT Line with more durable concrete replacements last year. The North-South and East-West lines have now had their sleepers replaced.ST FILE PHOTO

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 Public Service Commission has introduced a new scholarship for engineering studies and this prestigious award will help attract more people to the profession, said education reporter Yuen Sin. This will also help address the shortage of engineering talent in both the public and private sectors. http://str.sg/4PJB


Singapore's first MRT system, which comprises the North-South and East-West lines, has just had its timber sleepers replaced. Transport reporter Adrian Lim said this upgrade marks a milestone in the renewal of the system, which turns 30 years old next year. http://str.sg/4dFh


The express bus industry in Malaysia has come under scrutiny again as a result of a Christmas Eve crash. Malaysia bureau chief Shannon Teoh said the crash has highlighted once more the Malaysian government regulation of bus ticket prices, which affects vehicle maintenance and wages, leading to higher accident rates. http://str.sg/4dV6


Singapore's aerospace sector is facing a slowdown as airlines operate newer planes, which do not need as many repairs. But aviation correspondent Karamjit Kaur said firms should take advantage of the current lull to prepare for an expected upturn in a couple of years. http://str.sg/4dRd

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe