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.

Reporter Lee Xin En noted that the number of agencies and property agents have fallen by between 5 per cent and 10 per cent since 2015. As profit margins thin, agencies need economies of scale. If the property market does not improve, smaller agencies will find it worthwhile to join larger firms. http://str.sg/4baB

Reporting radicalisation early is vital to averting disaster, said reporter Danson Cheong. Family members and friends need to approach the authorities if they notice a loved one being radicalised, no matter how difficult the task may be, as early intervention can help avert disaster. http://str.sg/4b2U

As many as 72 patients at the National Dental Centre Singapore were treated with instruments that had not been fully sterilised. Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik said the shocking thing about the incident was that while the mistake was discovered on June 5, the compromised packs continued to be used the following day. http://str.sg/4bnU

National water agency PUB announced an exercise to replace old toilets in about 9,000 households with new, more water-efficient ones. Environment reporter Audrey Tan noted that there is an urgent need to save water, and the Government has implemented several measures to do so. http://str.sg/4bdW

The National Library Board had to withdraw from circulation a series of eight Malay-language children's books with controversial content. Senior correspondent Toh Yong Chuan pointed out that it is within reason to expect librarians to pay more attention to books on race, language and religion, but parents also have a role to play in paying attention to what their children read. http://str.sg/4bYx

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe