MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, March 20, 2015

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break today and which we think you'd be interested in. It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

Barisan Nasional government to announce stand on Islamic criminal code

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will make an official statement today on the Barisan Nasional government's stand on the Islamic criminal code, or hudud, passed by the state assembly of Kelantan yesterday. Mr Najib has been trying to bolster support with concessions to conservatives, rolling back reforms and stressing Umno's role as protector of Islam since the 2013 elections when the ruling coalition regained only one of the five states it lost to the opposition in 2008. - JASON OU

Michelle Obama in Cambodia

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US First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in Cambodia today, the second leg of her five-day Asian tour, to promote the education of girls. She is scheduled to meet her Cambodian counterpart Bun Rany, the wife of Prime Minister Hun Sen, in Siem Reap. She is also expected to speak with students and volunteers and see some community education programmes. A trip to the ancient temple at Angkor Wat is also scheduled before her return to Washington on Sunday.  - JASON OU

Engineer, who committed sex offences against young boys, likely to be sentenced today

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Malaysian engineer Yap Weng Wah, 31, who admitted to committing sex offences against young boys is likely to be sentenced later today.

Yap sexually groomed boys after meeting them online, and in all but one case, either sodomised or had oral sex with them at his rental flat, in hotel rooms and toilets at shopping centres and swimming pools.

His offences were committed over a period of three years, until one victim lodged a police report in June 2012. - SELINA LUM

Swimming: Quah Zheng Wen will attempt to set a new mark

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National swimmer Quah Zheng Wen has been the standout performer at the ongoing Singapore National Age-Group Championships so far, having broken a clutch of national records in the freestyle and backstroke events. On Friday, the 18-year-old will attempt to set a new mark in the men’s 400m individual medley to prove he is one of the country’s outstanding all-rounded swimmers ahead of the June 5-16 SEA Games held here. - JONATHAN WONG

Sailing: Yumiko Shige of Japan talks to ST

Former sailor Yumiko Shige of Japan is one of just four Asian sailors who have won medals in the 470 class at the Olympics. The three-time Olympian, who stands at just 1.5m tall, talks to The Straits Times about how Asians can overcome height and size limitations and still hold their own in the world. - MAY CHEN