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.

Market observers have been quick to downplay recent rumours about the Singapore Exchange (SGX) possibly tying up with overseas exchange operators. Business reporter Grace Leong noted that such bourse deals have met with mixed success in the past. http://str.sg/4XUj

Indonesia's landmark tax amnesty has been a success for the government, said Indonesia correspondent Arlina Arshad, achieving the goals of expanding the taxpayer base and bringing back hidden assets. The data gathered so far will help the government in implementing long-term tax reforms. http://str.sg/4XkS

Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan said that with fixed flat fares being rolled out by ComfortDelGro, consumers will know upfront how much the journey will cost. Commuters are seeing for the first time in nearly 50 years the effects of real competition in the taxi arena. And this will help keep fares fair. http://str.sg/48jw

Election fever is in the air as the football fraternity gears up for the inaugural Football Association of Singapore polls. Sports reporter Wang Meng Meng said the election will help ensure greater representation from across the sport's spectrum. http://str.sg/48zu

The recent collision between two planes at Changi Airport highlights the need to drill the safety message into airport workers, aviation correspondent Karamjit Kaur said. Traffic at Changi is set to increase, which will strain resources and capacity. http://str.sg/48Ls

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe