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.

Hot on the heels of the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks, security experts at Interpol World 2017 have highlighted the need for law enforcement and the private sector to collaborate in the fight against cybercrime. Reporter Tan Tam Mei said cooperation and mutual openness will give the good guys an edge. http://str.sg/4ajE


The Philippines and Indonesia are conducting coordinated patrols and the latest one comes under the growing shadow of Islamist militancy. But Philippines correspondent Raul Dancel said that South-east Asia's littoral borders are so porous it will take more than a few joint patrols to make the waters safe for everyone. http://str.sg/4aD8


Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik said the Ministry of Health's plans to make participation in the National Electronic Health Records compulsory are long overdue. Easing access to patients' records benefits patients and enhances treatment. http://str.sg/4a2B


India's goods and services tax has been nicknamed the "good and simple tax" by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India bureau chief Nirmala Ganapathy however noted that the tax is not all that simple. But it is the biggest tax reform since India's independence and is a tangible achievement for Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party. http://str.sg/4aeA

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Singapore is making headway in its efforts to become a smoke-free nation. Reporter Felicia Choo said the new rules announced by the National Environment Agency are an effort to tackle the mindset of smokers and would-be smokers, and signal that smoking is an unacceptable habit. http://str.sg/4aAU

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe