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.

Budget 2017 is likely to be one for the history books, said assistant business editor Yasmine Yahya. While the Committee on the Future Economy has released its report, the recommendations are just outlines, and the Budget will have to fill in the details. http://str.sg/4esX

A year-long series of commemorative activities will celebrate the golden jubilee of diplomatic ties between Singapore and Indonesia. Reporter Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh said the two nations share a common world view and have strong ties in business and tourism. http://str.sg/4eQM

The Founders' Memorial is likely to be located at the Bay East Garden at Gardens by the Bay. Heritage reporter Melody Zaccheus said the wide range of ideas produced during the engagement sessions with the public is encouraging for a memorial of such importance. http://str.sg/4eNQ

Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan said ComfortDelGro holds the key to a new fare structure as it is the largest taxi operator in Singapore. A simpler fare system should help taxis hold their ground against the private-hire competitors which have grown in recent years. http://str.sg/4e5G

It is officially illegal to rent out homes for less than six months. But short-term rentals will not be entirely banned, as there are plans to consider new policies to accommodate short-term rental platforms. Reporter Rachel Au-Yong said the sooner such policies are clarified, the better for all stakeholders involved. http://str.sg/4eJh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2017, with the headline 'Why It Matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe