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.

The hudud Bill proposed by Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) has triggered concern among those who want to keep the Malaysian Constitution secular. The willingness of PAS and Umno to work together on Islamic issues has spooked those committed to a secular nation, wrote Malaysia Bureau Chief Shannon Teoh. http://str.sg/43Nd

Is Singapore's slide - from No. 3 to No. 4 - in this year's ranking by IMD World Competitiveness Centre a cause for concern? It could be no more than a blip if the Republic presses ahead with efforts to tackle structural challenges, said business reporter Rachael Boon. http://str.sg/43SY

Why call V. Sundramoorthy the caretaker coach of the national football team? Sports correspondent Wang Meng Meng, who questioned the "caretaker" tag, argued that sports associations should have the faith to not just appoint local coaches but also accord them the appropriate title. http://str.sg/4342

Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang, who faced an unprecedented contest during the party's internal election, must address issues that concern some members, such as the WP's future direction. The challenge is an opportunity for Mr Low to show that he is a leader able to unify the party, noted political reporter Rachel Au-Yong. http://str.sg/4JyZ

US President Barack Obama had hoped to deliver a strong message about the dangers of nuclear proliferation with his historic visit to the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima. But it was a mission half accomplished , given that a non-nuclear world is still a distant goal, not helped by Washington's own nuclear modernisation programme, said US bureau chief Jeremy Au Yong. http://str.sg/4JrV

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe