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.

Asean and China are hoping to conclude a framework on a legally binding code of conduct meant to prevent conflicts in the South China Sea. Philippines correspondent Raul Dancel said although it is just a "framework", this marks real progress in an effort that has already dragged on for 14 years. http://str.sg/4niK

The Family Justice Courts, together with the Law Society, launched a consultation exercise for proposed rules to govern the professional conduct of family lawyers. Senior law correspondent K.C. Vijayan said the proposed rules are part of an upgraded ecosystem for family lawyers, and what is needed next could be a certification system. http://str.sg/4nJB

Budget 2017 was a clarion call for local companies to head overseas for new growth prospects. Global revenue for about 700 companies grew by 4.2 per cent year on year in 2015, outpacing total revenue growth. Business reporter Wong Siew Ying said the question companies should ask is which overseas market is right for them. http://str.sg/4evk

The new one-stop centre for sex assault victims at the Police Cantonment Complex aims to reduce additional stress during the reporting of such offences. Laws and court processes will also be strengthened. Reporter Seow Bei Yi said such measures could tackle the under-reporting of sex offences. http://str.sg/4eVc

In the age of YouTube and Netflix, Singapore authors are struggling to compete, books reporter Olivia Ho noted. The #BuySingLit campaign is different from other initiatives as it emphasises the purchase of local books. It is a good start but the campaign needs to sustain momentum in the coming years. http://str.sg/4eRc

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe