MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, July 9, 2015

Travellers at the Singapore Cruise Centre.
Travellers at the Singapore Cruise Centre.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break today and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Donation drive for dyslexia

To mark SG50, the Singapore Cruise Centre  will launch a four-month campaign today to raise awareness and donations for people with dyslexia. The condition, which results in reading and spelling difficulties, affects one in 10 in the population. The funds collected will be used to help dyslexic children from low-income families attend speech and drama programmes run by  the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry, will be the guest of honour at the launch. - CHERYL WEE

Skills development programme for real estate professionals

K. Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law. PHOTO: ZAOBAO

K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law will attend the signing of a memorandum of understanding for skills development programme for real estate professionals on Thursday. This will be followed by a dialogue by professionals on the “Asia Pacific Real Estate Market Outlook”. - JOYCE LIM

Interim report on debt-ridden 1MDB finances

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Malaysia’s Auditor-General is on Thursday expected to table its interim report on debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) finances to the parliament's bipartisan Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a closed-door meeting. The PAC will take questions from the department on its audit of the Ministry of Finance-owned state investment company, but the department has not said if the highly-anticipated findings will be made public. The A-G’s final report will be tabled in Parliament. 1MDB, a property-to-energy group whose advisory board is chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, has debts of around US$11 billion (S$15 billion). A Wall Street Journal report last week claimed that investigators looking into 1MDB had allegedly traced nearly US$700 million in funds that moved through government agencies, banks and companies before ending up in Mr Najib's personal accounts. Mr Najib has denied taking any money and said the corruption allegations are part of a malicious campaign to force him out of office.