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 attacks by terrorists linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Malaysia and Indonesia are signs that the group is targeting the region as it loses ground in Iraq and Syria. Indonesia bureau chief Francis Chan noted that ISIS' recent successes in the region may spur the group to devote more resources to its followers here. http://str.sg/4i8L

Economics correspondent Chia Yan Min noted that the export-dependent manufacturing sector in Singapore has been hardest hit by a slowing global economy that has been additionally rocked by Brexit. Other sectors are also feeling the strain and, while Singapore is not yet in recession, the road ahead is going to be bumpy. http://str.sg/4isb

Two more Ang Mo Kio residents have been diagnosed with tuberculosis. Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik said that the way this particular outbreak has spread is worrying because it is not known how the patients caught the disease. http://str.sg/4idW

Reporter Calvin Yang welcomed the recent move to allow young men entering national service to indicate which vocations they want to serve in. He said the move is a good step forward, which may lead to better morale and higher productivity among servicemen. http://str.sg/4iN7

Indonesia's new tax amnesty plan will not only increase its government's annual revenue by 11 percentage points, but the capital raised can also be used for urgently needed infrastructure and developmental projects, Indonesia bureau chief Francis Chan said. The Bill, pushed through by President Joko Widodo, is also a measure of his growing political strength. http://str.sg/4iTD

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe