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.

Manufacturing growth is the brightest spot in Singapore's economy. Economics correspondent Chia Yan Min said data shows manufacturers' new orders are up, indicating this growth will be sustained. Economists now will be looking for signs that the recovery will spill over into other sectors, especially those depending on spending by consumers and businesses at home. http://str.sg/4VxU

Singapore aims to cut workplace fatalities to fewer than one death per 100,000 workers in about 10 years' time. Manpower correspondent Toh Yong Chuan said developed countries have already achieved this target, and Singapore's reputation and economic future are at stake if safety standards cannot be improved. http://str.sg/4V5k

The success of Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow at the National Gallery Singapore demonstrates that a young local institution can pull off a world-class blockbuster exhibition. Art reporter Olivia Ho said the real success will be if this kind of engagement can be sustained in the long run. http://str.sg/4VZC

Reporter Samantha Boh said it may be time for the authorities to impose a charge on plastic bags, like they do in places such as Hong Kong and South Korea. Plastic is Singapore's most common type of waste and past efforts at dangling carrots to encourage Singaporeans to cut down on the use of plastic have not worked. http://str.sg/4HCb

There are lessons to be learnt from a recent fire in the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway tunnel. Transport correspondent Adrian Lim said the authorities should look at educating motorists on how to react during an emergency as well as look into the lag in its tunnel broadcast system. http://str.sg/4HrA

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe