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.

Correspondent Joanna Seow said the new nationwide push to get workplaces better prepared for terror attacks is a vital and welcome move. Small firms may worry about the extra cost of educating their staff and having more security measures, but it would be money well spent as the cost of being unprepared would be worse. http://str.sg/49Nc

Four supermarket chains are in discussions to impose a plastic bag surcharge. Environment correspondent Audrey Tan noted that previous incentives to discourage the use of plastic bags have not been effective and a levy might be the kick Singaporeans need to change their habits. http://str.sg/495V

Myanmar's Rakhine state could become another hot spot incubator for terrorism, after Marawi City in the Philippines. Malaysia correspondent Nadirah H. Rodzi said if the fight is joined by international extremists, a battlefield in a second Asean nation will be opened up, raising the risk of radicalising more Muslims in the region. http://str.sg/494a

The pre-school teacher now has a new task: to help spot signs of child abuse. Reporter Priscilla Goy said pre-school teachers are in a good position to watch out for the well-being of their young charges, and they should also be better trained to spot abuse. http://str.sg/4jFB

Thumbprint scanning for car drivers and passengers was implemented at Singapore's land checkpoints on Sept 25, and some people have said this could be inconvenient for elderly or disabled passengers. Reporter Ng Huiwen said the land checkpoints here are among the world's busiest, and these checks are necessary for national security. http://str.sg/49dF

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe