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.


Senior Health Correspondent Salma Khalik applauded the Ministry of Health's recent moves to increase healthcare facilities and services as Singapore's population ages. But she noted that prevention is better than cure, hence the Government's moves to help senior citizens age better with a war against diabetes and measures to keep them active. http://str.sg/4kDo

2016 has seen a spate of thrilling sporting feats, the latest being Leicester City's climb to the top of the English Premier League. Assistant Sport Editor Chia Han Keong said these sporting triumphs come at a crucial time when corruption and doping scandals are threatening to suffocate elite sports, and serve as great reminders of the better values of competition. http://str.sg/4k6n


Indonesia's plan to cut the corpo- rate income tax rate by a fifth to 20 per cent is a bold gambit. Associate Editor (Global Affairs) Ravi Velloor noted that Jakarta is now moving to incentives to win investments and the move shows President Joko Widodo's growing confidence. http://str.sg/4knk


With the re-employment age ceiling raised to 67, the silver workforce could be a solution to the manpower crunch faced by Singapore, manpower reporter Olivia Ho said. The new re-employment age was an idea first floated by the Government 23 years ago, and statistics today show that more than 40 per cent of people aged 65 to 69 are still working. http://str.sg/4kPV


The recent Panama Papers leak has linked at least eight current and former top Chinese leaders, through their relatives, to offshore firms. But the impact of this expose is hard to gauge, China Bureau Chief Kor Kian Beng said. Besides the fact that most details revealed in this leak are not new, news of this leak is also heavily censored in China. http://str.sg/4kg2

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline 'WhyItMatters'. Print Edition | Subscribe