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.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's investigation of Standard Chartered Bank's $1.9 billion transfer shows zero tolerance of money laundering issues. Reporter Rachael Boon said the incident is a reminder to financial institutions to be extra careful. http://str.sg/4CK2

Indications are that US President Donald Trump will refuse to certify that Iran is in compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal. Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal said this will create a rift between the US and its key European allies. http://str.sg/4CLM

Political editor Zakir Hussain noted that the call by two ministers for the Muslim community to develop its own scholars is timely. Local Islamic scholars can counter "Internet scholars" and contribute to Singapore's multi-religious society. http://str.sg/4CXG

The National Environment Agency plans to roll out a new ecological burial concept - inland ash scattering. Heritage and community correspondent Melody Zaccheus said this opens up new options, butit needs to be designed with both the dead and the living in mind. http://str.sg/4Cm6

The Building and Construction Authority said it will require higher levels of prefabrication for upcoming public projects. Correspondent Rachel Au-Yong said this is a good move to encourage construction companies to invest in technology while raising productivity. http://str.sg/4CMN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe