Why It Matters

South-east Asia editor Reme Ahmad.
South-east Asia editor Reme Ahmad.
Reporter Yeo Sam Jo
Reporter Yeo Sam Jo
Reporter Janice Tai
Reporter Janice Tai
Associate Editor (Global Affairs) Ravi Velloor
Associate Editor (Global Affairs) Ravi Velloor
Reporter Joanna Seow
Reporter Joanna Seow

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.

South-east Asia editor Reme Ahmad wrote that the closure of The Malaysian Insider (TMI) news site has caused buzz in Malaysia. TMI's owner The Edge Media group said it had incurred losses of RM10 million (S$3.3 million) but many Malaysians see a hidden political angle to the shutdown. http://str.sg/Zt5P


Parliament has passed changes to the Mental Capacity Act. The changes will enable professionals such as lawyers or social workers to step in to make decisions for people who have lost their mental capacity. Reporter Janice Tai said the changes ensure that the most invisible members of Singapore society will have a voice. http://str.sg/ZFtG


Chinese central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan spoke publicly four times in the past month on China's battered stocks and currency. He said Beijing is in control of the economy and speculators will not be allowed to run riot. Associate Editor (Global Affairs) Ravi Velloor said it is a game of chicken between the regulators and the speculators. http://str.sg/ZFHQ


News that licensed maid agencies here will come under greater scrutiny is welcome, wrote consumer reporter Joanna Seow. While the new grading system may be good for employers and the industry, she noted maids who are working in Singapore are glaringly absent from the discussion. These women should be given a say too, she added. http://str.sg/ZFaU


With the series of high-profile lift mishaps making the news recently, the Building and Construction Authority has been tasked to step up audits on lifts. But reporter Yeo Sam Jo asked how safe are the 59,000 passenger lifts in Singapore which so many Singaporeans are dependent on. http://str.sg/Ztop


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2016, with the headline 'WhyItMatters'. Print Edition | Subscribe