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 pace of the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) has slowed recently. But the recent announcement of another Sers project in West Coast Road may indicate that more projects are on the way, housing reporter Janice Heng said. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong has already expressed his interest in rejuvenating old estates. http://str.sg/4TpV

Ren Ci's upcoming nursing home, which is based on a dementia-friendly cluster living concept, is a pilot by the Ministry of Health to create more home-like environments in nursing homes. Reporter Janice Tai said this is a long overdue move to help ageing Singaporeans accept nursing homes as a crucial part of eldercare. http://str.sg/4TUE

Ms Yuriko Koike became Tokyo's first female governor after securing a landslide victory. But Japan correspondent Walter Sim noted that she has a huge job ahead of her in cleaning up the Olympic-size mess left by her predecessor. http://str.sg/4TkY

Education reporter Yuen Sin said that suspending orientation camps in the wake of a report about sexualised games is a draconian solution that does not address root issues. The problem with the games, she noted, was that consent was treated dismissively. http://str.sg/4SCw

With the news that Singapore's first large-scale bicycle-sharing pilot is set to kick off at the end of next year, transport reporter Adrian Lim noted that such schemes have been critical in getting more people to cycle in other cities. But they can be costly to operate, so it is to be expected that the Land Transport Authority put some financial muscle into the pilot. http://str.sg/4SKJ

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2016, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe