Florence Looi

Florence Looi is based in Kuala Lumpur and reports from Asia-Pacific region.


Inside Kuala Lumpur’s ‘village’

It’s rare that you find a slice of village life in the centre of a modern city. But that is what Kampong Bharu is to Kuala Lumpur.

Asia Pacific

Family fears over Turkish men arrested in Malaysia

The families of three Turkish nationals arrested in early May in Malaysia over suspected links to ISIL say they fear the men will be sent to their home country.

Asia Pacific

Philippine surfers re-use sea waste

A group of surfers in the Philippines have started what they call the 'stuff it' challenge - stuffing rubbish into plastic bottles as a way to re-use garbage and stop it from polluting the seas.

Asia Pacific

Cambodia bans sale of human milk

The Cambodian government has stopped mothers from selling their breast milk for fear of exploitation. This decision has left some women worse off. Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from Phnom Penh

Asia Pacific

Cambodia reluctant to repay US war debt

Cambodia is insisting that the US should drop a nearly 50-year-old war debt. Hun Sen, the prime minister, says the debt was incurred mostly because of extensive US bombing campaign in Cambodia in the 1960s and 70s.

Asia Pacific

Kim Jong-nam's son breaks silence in video

A video has emerged of a man said to be Kim Han-sol, son of murdered Kim Jong-nam, the first time a member of his family has spoken about his death. The video was posted by a group that says it's protecting the family.

Asia Pacific

Malaysia PM: North Korea ‘holding our citizens hostage’

Prime Minister Najib Razak has demanded the release of Malaysian citizens in North Korea, accusing Pyongyang of effectively holding them hostage.

Asia Pacific

Malaysia-North Korea relations fray after Kim Jong-nam killing

Malaysia’s government is ending a visa-free agreement with North Korea citing national security after the murder of the estranged half-brother of leader Kim Jong-un.

Asia Pacific

Women charged with killing North Korean leader's brother

Prosecutors in Malaysia have charged two female suspects with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The Indonesian and Vietnamese nationals say they believed they were involved in a prank.

Asia Pacific

Looking for China’s maritime militia

Reporting on groups involved in confrontations with foreign patrol vessels in the South China Sea is proving difficult.

Arts & Culture

Giant puppetry tradition takes on new life in Jakarta

Ondel-ondel were made to represent ancestors to ward off evil spirits, but have evolved as a valued entertainment icon.


Myanmar's Lethwei fighters bare their knuckles

Once considered the martial arts of hooligans, Myanmar’s traditional self-defence form is gaining popularity.