The Straits Times has undergone a complete transformation in its 170-year history. I was reminded of that when the newspaper came out with a new look today.
Introducing the redesigned newspaper, the editor Warren Fernandez began the front-page main story with the words, “Good morning to you, kind reader!”
He was quoting the first line of the first editorial which appeared in the Straits Times 170 years ago. But he did not refer any further to that editorial, which was a passionate defence of freedom of the press.