MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, June 4, 2015

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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Chief Justice to hear MND application for expedited appeal hearing on AHPETC case

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon will on Thursday hear an application by the Ministry of National Development (MND), which wants to expedite its appeal against a High Court decision not to appoint independent accountants at the Workers' Party (WP)-run town council.

MND is fighting a decision by Justice Quentin Loh, who had ruled last Wednesday that there was no legal basis to grant the ministry's request to appoint independent accountants to the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC). The ministry had wanted the accountants to oversee its grants to the town council and investigate the town council's past payments, after a special audit of AHPETC found accounting and governance lapses in its financial management. - WALTER SIM

MOM to release report on wage practices


The Manpower Ministry will release its Report on Wage Practices. Among other things it will look at how much wages have gone up or down as well as the latest wage practices among employers. - AMELIA TAN

June data on HDB resale market to be released


SRX will release its monthly data on the HDB resale market for June. The market is likely to remain subdued although experts are looking out for signs of stabilisation and bottoming out. - YEO SAM JO

Bank of Singapore to provide update on economic and investment outlook for Q2

Bank of Singapore is holding a media briefing on Thursday to provide an update on the economic and investment outlook for the second half of 2015. Mr Richard Jerram, chief economist and Mr Hou Wey Fook, chief investment officer, will share their insights on the macroeconomic landscape and investment markets. - JOYCE LIM

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to defend leadership in central party elections


Following overwhelming support from delegates during the annual congress of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) Youth wing and Dewan Ulama, the party central election on Thursday will see incumbent Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang defend his 13-year-old presidency. He will face respected scholar and former party vice president Ahmad Awang, 79.

Progressives in the party, including their supporters in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the Democratic Action Party (DAP), are hoping Mr Ahmad Awang is able to garner significant number of votes to tarnish Mr Abdul Hadi's leadership and demonstrate the divide in the party. However, constant attacks against the president over plans to implement Islamic law in Kelantan have backfired tremendously allowing the conservatives to sweep the top posts in the Youth wing and Dewan Ulama yesterday. - ASRUL HADI ABDULLAH SANI

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