Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times

Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times

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2 December 2020
Regional Roundup: Latest on M'sia politics, Judgement on Thai PM & Tourism in Philippines

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25 November 2020
Regional Roundup: 25 November 2020
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis on why the Malaysian parliamentary vote Budget 2021 has been delayed, and what this might mean for the Muhyiddin administration, plus how the world's largest glove maker Top Glove has had to close its factories after more than 2000 employees tested positive for Covid-19 and how Thailand's police are taking action against protestors.

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18 November 2020
Regional Roundup: RCEP, M'sia's Jho Low and Thailand's Paliamentary Vote
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his take on the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and its impact on the region, whether Malaysian politicians can put their differences aside to approve the country's Budget for 2021, highlights the reasoning behind why recordings of Malaysian fugitive "Jho Low" have been released now, and which way Thailand's Parliament vote for amending the nation's constitution might go.

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11 November 2020
Regional Roundup: 11 November 2020
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez breaks down the latest of Malaysia's recent biggest ever budget, which proposed to raise the ceiling of the Covid-19 Fund, Indonesia’s Trade Minister's expectations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership to be signed this weekend, and more.

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4 November 2020
Regional Roundup: 04 November 2020
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives an analysis of the biggest takeaways from Bank Negara’s final monetary policy meeting for 2020, Thailand’s House Speaker's approach to at least four former premiers and representatives of several political parties to be part of a reconciliation committee panel, and more.

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28 October 2020
Regional Roundup: Malaysia and Thailand politics in focus
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez breaks down the latest in Malaysia, as Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin receives the crucial support of the UMNO and PAS parties, plus the outcome of the two-day parliamentary special session in Thailand to discuss the ongoing protests and more.

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21 October 2020
Regional Roundup: Malaysia's UMNO President backlash and Thailand anti-government protests
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez shares more about the backlash against Malaysia's UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi after he declared his support for the country's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and the significance of Thailand's Cabinet approving a special session of Parliament to discuss anti-government protests.

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14 October 2020
Regional Roundup: Will Anwar Ibrahim be Malaysia's next PM?
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez breaks down the latest after Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had an audience with the King, and the country's largest ruling party UMNO is threatening to pull out of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government. Plus, what impact the ongoing protests in Indonesia and Thailand are having.

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7 October 2020
Regional Roundup: Is Malaysia prepared for a second Covid-19 wave?
In this week's Regional Roundup, The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez shares more on Malaysia's preparedness in tackling the second wave of Covid-19 cases, and Indonesians reaction to President Joko Widodo’s Job Creation bill, and whether it will improve the jobs market in the country.

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30 September 2020
Regional Roundup: Highlighting political and economic policies
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his take on the new Sabah Chief Minister and what it means for Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, whether claims by PKR President Anwar Ibrahim of having enough support to form a new parliament has momentum behind it, and why Indonesia is aiming for a 5 percent economic growth next year, when its expected to show its first annual contraction since the Asian financial crisis.

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23 September 2020
Regional Roundup: M'sia Economy, Sabah State Polls & Thailand Unrest
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez breaks down the biggest stories from around the region, including; Apprehension over the rate of recovery of Malaysia's economy, a twist in the tale of Sabah's state election this weekend, and how Thailand protestors are continuing to push the boundary in showing their dissatisfaction over the Prime Minister and the Monarchy.

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16 September 2020
Regional Roundup: 16 September 2020
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez breaks down the biggest stories from around the region, including; Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's announcement that he is in no hurry to open the country's borders, how the Sabah state elections are heating up, and the unusual way Indonesia is raising awareness about the Covid-19 health protocols.

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9 September 2020
Regional Roundup: 09 September 2020
In this week's regional roundup, Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis of Malaysia and Thailand's political unrest and explains a highly unusual way of dealing with people who don't wear masks in Indonesia.

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2 September 2020
Regional Roundup: M'sia and Thailand politics continue to dominate headlines
Leslie Lopez, Straits Times Regional Correspondent breaks down the biggest headlines from around the region including; the cancellation of Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's launch of his Perikatan Nasional alliance in Sabah, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defeat in Perak and the reasons why Thailand's recently appointed Finance Minister has already resigned.

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