Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday (Oct 31) and which we think you'd be interested in.
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Public feedback wanted for war on diabetes
Feedback on the factors stopping people from leading a healthy lifestyle will be sought from working adults at a dialogue session on Monday (Oct 31). It is part of Singapore's "war on diabetes", declared by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in April. The "war" aims to tackle the problems diabetes poses to the more than 400,000 diabetics here, as well as the yearly $1 billion drain it places on the country’s healthcare system.
Malaysian PM Najib on official trip to China
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will pay an official visit to China from Monday (Oct 31), a trip where he is expected to strengthen bilateral ties and secure Chinese investments. Datuk Seri Najib will be accompanied by dozens of government leaders and business people on the week-long visit. On the agenda are meetings with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping.
The trip - the third official visit by Mr Najib since 2009 - is being closely watched amid the recent warmer ties between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Mr Najib is expected to push for Chinese investments in areas such as infrastructure, manufacturing as well as defence on the trip.
DBS releasing Q3 financial results
DBS Bank is announcing its third-quarter financial results on Monday (Oct 31) morning. Investors and analysts will be watching closely to see how the ongoing slump in the oil and gas sector has affected the bank's numbers over the past quarter.
In August, DBS said second-quarter profit fell 6 per cent as provisions for troubled energy services firm Swiber Holdings offset the gains made in interest and fee income.