Singapore, 18 November 2009 – Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) flagship English newspaper The Straits Times and its book publishing arm Straits Times Press have jointly released “Page 2 Primer”, a book containing the best commentaries published in page 2 of The Straits Times.
The book was officially launched by Mr Han Fook Kwang, Editor of The Straits Times, at a Straits Times Media Club event held this afternoon at the SPH News Centre auditorium.
The commentaries in the book cover a wide range of issues - from politics, business and the economy to health and sports – and written by Straits Times journalists, including those based overseas, They include Nirmal Ghosh, Chua Mui Hoong, Jonathan Eyal, Lynn Lee, William Choong, Carolyn Hong, Ong Sor Fern, Hong Xinyi, Clarissa Oon, Lydia Lim, Carl Skadian, Ravi Velloor, Bertha Henson, Salma Khalik, Chua Chin Hon, Ching Cheong, Jessica Cheam, Ignatius Low, Rohit Brijnath and Rob Hughes. The commentaries are accompanied by illustrations exclusively done by Straits Times’ Senior Executive Artist Miel and The Straits Times Art Team.
This book is positioned as a teaching aid for students doing their ’O’ and ’A‘ Levels. The commentaries are divided under themes and each commentary comes with a guided lesson workplan that summarises the topic and its pertinent issues. The workplan helps to test comprehension and vocabulary, builds overall general knowledge, offers tips on good writing skills, and sharpens the students’ thinking skills.
Han Fook Kwang, Editor of The Straits Times, said: “All too often, people flit from one news item to another without considering more deeply the implications of what has been reported. A good commentary should expose the reader to different perspectives on an issue, challenge him to explore other arguments and get him to question whether the writer was right or wrong. It should encourage greater discussion among readers so that more light is shed on some of the pressing issues of the day.”
Shirley Hew, Publisher at Straits Times Press, said: “Page 2 Primer’s range and the cast of writers make this one of the best guides to good English usage. It is peppered with many examples of clear, concise and effective writing.”
“Page 2 Primer” is available in all major bookstores in Singapore and retails at $18.90 per copy before GST.
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