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.

With private bike-sharing providers entering Singapore, the Government shelved plans for a public bicycle-sharing scheme. Reporter Zhaki Abdullah said this is probably good news for taxpayers as public bike-share programmes in other cities have proven to be expensive to operate. http://str.sg/48cr

Initiatives such as Toa Payoh East-Novena's Quick Action Aid offer immediate financial aid to families who face sudden financial difficulty. Reporter Rachel Au-Yong said such programmes are timely in helping families with children, who tend to be hit hardest. http://str.sg/48Ye

Women staff of Standard Chartered Bank Singapore are now entitled to 20 weeks of maternity and adoption leave. Reporter Priscilla Goy said thatperhaps, with more studies from the bank, more firms will be persuaded to follow its example to better support women employees. http://str.sg/48PR

The rocketing price of infant milk powder in the past decade outstrips the price increases of other dairy products and household staples. Reporter Tiffany Fumiko Tay said that according to economists, it boils down to inelastic demand for the product, but the price hikes hurt families for whom infant formula is a necessity. http://str.sg/483W

Singapore is way behind the curve in terms of female representation in corporate boardrooms. Women's groups are lobbying for 20 per cent women directors by 2020. Business reporter Wong Siew Ying said gender is but one aspect of diversity. http://str.sg/48Sp

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe