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All eyes on Najib as he faces WSJ allegations
Malaysia remains in the grip of a controversy following allegations that a probe into the state-controlled investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) had found hundreds of millions of dollars transferred to the personal bank accounts of beleaguered Prime Minister Najib Razak. The allegations made in a report by the WSJ citing a government probe on Friday stated that nearly US$700 million (S$942 million) moved through government agencies, banks and 1MDB-related companies before ending up in Nr Najib’s accounts. The claims have set off a storm in the country, with Mr Najib threatening to sue the paper for publishing the report, while one of his deputies called on authorities to investigate the claims.
Attention on Sunday turned to Malaysia's widely-respected central bank Bank Negara and AmBank, Malaysia's fifth largest lender, to either confirm or deny the claims. Mr Najib has dismissed the report as "political sabotage" and 1MDB has denied any wrongdoing. A multi-agency task force is also probing the allegations.
Marriage and parenthood views in Singapore
How do Singapore citizens and permanent residents perceive marriage and parenthood? Their views were captured in a 2014 survey that polled 2,000 married couples aged 21 to 49. They were asked about their awareness of the Marriage and Parenthood measures introduced so far, and whether they felt the measures were conducive to their own and other Singaporean couples’ child-bearing decisions. The survey findings will be presented today by research fellows from the Institute of Policy Studies.- ARIEL LIM
DBS to outline investment strategy for rest of 2015
DBS Private Bank is holding a clients' luncheon, at which its key speakers will outline investment strategies for the second half of 2015. DBS group chief executive Piyush Gupta will give the opening address, followed by a presentation by Lim Say Boon, chief investment officer, consumer banking group and wealth management.- JEREMY KOH
Geriatric medicine the focus at Asian Medical Students' Conference
Some 400 top medical students from about 25 countries in the Asia-Pacific region will gather at the Asian Medical Students’ Conference today. Organised by the Asian Medical Students’ Association, the conference hopes to inspire medical students to analyse global health issues more closely and to utilise their role for the promotion of public health. The focus of the conference is on geriatric medicine, an increasingly important and urgent issue. - GILAINE NG