Florence Looi

Florence Looi

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

Asia Pacific

Malaysia: Ex-PM Najib Razak to face trial over corruption charges

Najib faces 42 charges linked to theft of $4.5bn from state investment fund after winning election last May.

Malaysia: Ex-PM Najib Razak to face trial over corruption charges

Indonesia

Indonesia opens new train system in Jakarta

The government hopes the much-delayed infrastructure project will promote economic growth.

Indonesia opens new train system in Jakarta

Asia Pacific

Thailand holds first vote since 2014 military coup

The military-backed Palang Pracharat is hoping to defeat the Pheu Thai party, which has won every election since 2001.

Thailand holds first vote since 2014 military coup

Asia Pacific

Indonesia's polluted river clean-up shows slow progress

A year passed since the government launched the clean-up programme, but an action plan was put in place only recently.

Indonesia's polluted river clean-up shows slow progress

Asia Pacific

Malaysia's rising illegal plastic recycling factories

The plastics processing industry in Malaysia is worth an estimated $840m, but not all of the imported plastics can be recycled and will end up in landfills, at huge financial and environmental costs.

Malaysia's rising illegal plastic recycling factories

Asia Pacific

Thailand storm weakens to tropical depression

Thailand's first tropical storm in 30 years has left one person dead and another missing.

Thailand storm weakens to tropical depression

Malaysia

Controversial rare earths plant in fight for survival in Malaysia

Lynas plant got the go-ahead despite public opposition, but Malaysia's new government has ordered a review.

Controversial rare earths plant in fight for survival in Malaysia

Asia

Myanmar refugees return to relative peace, but few resources

Dwindling support and the prospect for peace are encouraging ethnic Karen refugees in Thailand to return to Myanmar, but are finding the jobs and resources to rebuild their lives are scarce.

Myanmar refugees return to relative peace, but few resources

Asia Pacific

Malaysia efforts to revive Malaccan Creole Portuguese language

Papia Kristang, a language derived from Portuguese, is only spoken fluently by 3,000 people.

Malaysia efforts to revive Malaccan Creole Portuguese language

Asia Pacific

Myanmar: More than 60,000 affected by dam collapse

Eighty-five villages and towns flooded in central Myanmar, raising concerns over the safety of dams in the country.

Myanmar: More than 60,000 affected by dam collapse

Asia Pacific

Forests in danger: Biofuel demand threatens forests

A boom in biofuels is posing a major threat to the region's rainforests.

Forests in danger: Biofuel demand threatens forests

Asia Pacific

Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad in China for bilateral talks

Mahathir Mohamad is in Beijing on his first trip to China since winning May's election.

Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad in China for bilateral talks