Florence Looi

Florence Looi

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

Asia Pacific

Malaysia’s Ramadan bazaars go online amid pandemic

Vendors at Malaysia's Ramadan bazaars are finding new opportunities despite lockdown restrictions.

Malaysia’s Ramadan bazaars go online amid pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic

Most of Singapore's 20,000 coronavirus cases are migrant workers

Migrant workers particularly at risk from contracting coronavirus due to cramped dormitories.

Most of Singapore's 20,000 coronavirus cases are migrant workers

Asia Pacific

UN's top human rights envoy to Myanmar steps down

Yanghee Lee steps down after six years of raising the alarm on atrocities committed against Rohingya minority.

UN's top human rights envoy to Myanmar steps down

Asia Pacific

Malaysia: Concerns over labour abuse to meet rubber gloves demand

Why the increase in global demand for medical gloves has led to fears workers are being exploited.

Malaysia: Concerns over labour abuse to meet rubber gloves demand

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific countries react: IMF warn of economic depression

Japan mulls extending cash handout to all households to cushion economic fallout and ministers in New Zealand will take 20 percent pay cut for next six months.

Asia Pacific countries react: IMF warn of economic depression

Asia Pacific

Malaysia's indigenous people hit hard by coronavirus lockdown

As Malaysia imposes movement restrictions, its indigenous people, often poor and rural, will be especially affected.

Malaysia's indigenous people hit hard by coronavirus lockdown

Asia Pacific

Myanmar cancels Thingyan celebrations amid coronavirus fears

Myanmar government is restricting the movement of people in Yangon and Mandalay during the New Year festival.

Myanmar cancels Thingyan celebrations amid coronavirus fears

News

Myanmar: Karen minority demands protection in peace park

Despite a ceasefire agreed upon in 2012, a fight by Myanmar’s Karen ethnic minority for greater autonomy continues.

Myanmar: Karen minority demands protection in peace park

Myanmar

Surveillance, fear: The perils of reporting in Myanmar's Rakhine

Myanmar is restricting media access to the far western state of Rakhine where the military is fighting Arakan Army rebels.

Surveillance, fear: The perils of reporting in Myanmar's Rakhine

Myanmar

Myanmar violence: Thousands displaced by fresh fighting

Government forces are fighting the Arakan Army in the state.

Myanmar violence: Thousands displaced by fresh fighting

Asia

Inside Myanmar: No home to return to for Rohingya

Many rights groups say conditions in Myanmar do not guarantee a safe return for the Rohingya.

Inside Myanmar: No home to return to for Rohingya

Asia Pacific

South Korean film sees new opportunity after Parasite Oscar

South Korean filmmakers have struggled to win global recognition but doors are opening after Parasite won the Oscar for Best Picture.

South Korean film sees new opportunity after Parasite Oscar