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.


Hong Kongers have been watching an unfolding real-life drama: The Tale Of The Hong Kong Booksellers. Hong Kong correspondent Li Xueying noted there are several theories on why the Chinese authorities are foisting what many see as a farce on Hong Kong and the rest of the world. http://str.sg/ZvPH


The National Parks Board is launching a Civic District Tree Trail, which includes monthly guided walks and markers at 20 stops along the route. Heritage reporter Melody Zaccheus applauded the move and said the trail will help raise awareness of the significance of Singapore's natural heritage and how it complements the city's built heritage. http://str.sg/ZvYe


A Sunday Times poll of 500 people found that 75 per cent of them felt a terror attack in Singapore was inevitable. Reporter Danson Cheong said it was a good sign that Singaporeans are not taking security for granted. But he noted that many feel Singaporeans have some way to go to develop the resilience necessary to weather an attack. http://str.sg/ZvpN


Malaysia bureau chief Shannon Teoh questioned whether the so-called "Save Malaysia" movement will make an impact. He said that the motley group of participants, united by the desire to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak, spent its inaugural meeting mostly addressing criticisms. http://str.sg/Zvwg

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's presence at Washington's Nuclear Security Summit is an indication of how seriously the Government views the nuclear issue, US bureau chief Jeremy Au Yong said. A close eye needs to be kept as Singapore's small size and dense population mean that any nuclear incident poses an existential threat to it, and as civilian nuclear energy use rises sharply in Asia. http://str.sg/ZvoA

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