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.

Assistant Business Editor Yasmine Yahya welcomed the Monetary Authority of Singapore's move on June 8 to bring crowdfunding players into its licensing regime. She noted that the new rules set a high barrier to entry and help protect retail investors. http://str.sg/43tR

China Bureau Chief Kor Kian Beng noted the recent turbulence in US-China ties but added that there is reason to be optimistic about the bilateral relationship despite the fact that it seems to blow hot and cold. http://str.sg/43HC

Singaporeans are not inclusive when it comes to people with disabilities and a new $5 million five-year campaign hopes to change that. While public education efforts are laudable, reporter Janice Tai said what is needed is a focus on promoting sustained interaction between people with and without disabilities. http://str.sg/43RJ

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died on June 3, inspiring a deluge of tributes. Associate Editor (Global Affairs) Ravi Velloor said the man was as much a fighter outside the ring as in it. http://str.sg/43Be

Environment reporter Audrey Tan said the ambitious plans to develop Mandai into a nature and wildlife precinct will enable people to get closer to nature. But this "Disney-fication" must not be at the expense of Singapore's last pockets of original wilderness. http://str.sg/43h3

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe