Florence Looi

Florence Looi

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

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

Asia Pacific

Latest report into missing MH370 fails to unravel mystery

Lead investigator into disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight, with 239 people on board, is not ruling out foul play.

Latest report into missing MH370 fails to unravel mystery

Asia Pacific

Laos dam collapse: Water levels slowly receding

People are starting to return to their homes even as rescue workers continue to search for survivors after the dam collapse that sent a deluge, destroying villages in both Laos and Cambodia.

Laos dam collapse: Water levels slowly receding

Asia Pacific

South Korea: North Korean films publicly screened at BIFAN 2018

North Korean films are publicly shown for the first time at a South Korean film festival amid the thaw in inter-Korean relations.

South Korea: North Korean films publicly screened at BIFAN 2018

Asia Pacific

Malaysia: New government sworn in after 61-year party rule

Almost half of all parliament members are new faces, including PM Mahathir Mohamad, whose surprise campaign brought down his predecessor charged with corruption.

Malaysia: New government sworn in after 61-year party rule

Environment

World chefs gather to tackle issue of food waste

Chefs assemble in Kuala Lumpur to launch initiatives to cut food waste and reduce greenhouse gases by food going to landfill.

World chefs gather to tackle issue of food waste

Food

World chefs come together to promote the reduction of food waste

A number of initiatives around the world have kicked off to help professional chefs prepare food more sustainably and use food that often goes to waste.

World chefs come together to promote the reduction of food waste

Malaysia

Malaysia: Ex-PM Najib Razak given bail after pleading not guilty

Court also orders Najib to surrender his passports as he faces trial for alleged link to disappearance of billions of dollars from state investment fund.

Malaysia: Ex-PM Najib Razak given bail after pleading not guilty

Asia Pacific

Malaysia has 'almost perfect case' against ex-PM Najib Razak

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur, as part of the probe into the 1MDB state investment fund.

Malaysia has 'almost perfect case' against ex-PM Najib Razak