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.

The Land Transport Authority's new enforcement team needs bite to crack down effectively on errant cyclists and personal mobility device (PMD) users on footpaths. Reporter Danson Cheong says this is essential to encourage cycling and PMD use. http://str.sg/4oGH

Defence Correspondent Jermyn Chow said Singapore's willingness to pick up the tab for facilities allowing its troops to train in Australia is logical as the Republic has limited land and air space. The deal between the two sides will benefit both in trade, education and defence. http://str.sg/4oS6

The Sultan of Johor called recently for a restoration of royal powers removed more than two decades ago. But Malaysia Bureau Chief Shannon Teoh notes that most Malaysians would be wary of returning too much power to the sultans. http://str.sg/4ooQ

Australia's upcoming polls may prove a bad gamble for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Associate Editor (Global Affairs) Ravi Velloor observes that its economy is slowing and Mr Turnbull faces tough competition from the opposition Labor Party's Bill Shorten. http://str.sg/44tS

President-elect of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte won votes by feeding off voters' frustrations over corruption and crime in the country. But Philippines Correspondent Raul Dancel notes that a Duterte presidency is long on the tough talk and short on the details. http://str.sg/44V5

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 14, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe