What's Next: February 15, 2017

Indonesians vote in regional polls

More than 41 million Indonesians will head to the polls today to vote for their local leaders, but the hottest battle is taking place in Jakarta, where seven million voters will elect their next governor.

The gubernatorial election in the capital has been one of the most divisive to date, pitting those who admire incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama's can-do style against those who are convinced that he hates Islam.

Remembering the fall of Singapore

A remembrance ceremony will be held today to mark the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. Around 300 people from former Pacific War combatant nations will be coming together to recognise the military sacrifice made during World War II. Representatives from several countries, including Australia, Britain, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, will be present. The ceremony, at Kranji War Cemetery at 4.30pm, is open to the public.

Private home sales data out today

Data on new private homes sold last month will be out today, and analysts expect a slow start to the year on account of Chinese New Year falling in January this year and the absence of major new launches during the month. New home sales typically get a lift when a major project debuts on the market. December saw developers selling just 367 new units - the lowest level in 10 months - on the back of a paltry 90 new units launched.

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