Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times

Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times

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15 September 2021
Asian Insider: Regional Roundup, Leslie Lopez 
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives a breakdown on the latest of Malaysia’s 14th Parliament and its new bipartisan deal, the impact of Najib Razak’s presence in parliament, the launch of a pilot test of localised lockdowns in Philippines, the easing of restrictions in Bali, and more.

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8 September 2021
Asian Insider: Regional Roundup, Leslie Lopez
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, Straits Times gives an analysis of Myanmar's National Unity Government (NUG) call for a revolt against the junta, how this threatens the China-Myanmar corridor, Thailand's plan for a full reopening without quarantine by January, and more.

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1 September 2021
Regional Round-Up: Malaysia’s 64th Independence Day and Indonesia’s Covid-19 Update
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives an analysis of the latest in the region, including Malaysia’s national immunisation progress, the country's plan to revive the economy, the Covid-19 situation in Indonesia, and more.

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25 August 2021
Regional Roundup: Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s First Week in Office
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives an analysis of the latest in the region, including Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s decision against a bipartisan government, the country’s upcoming cabinet line-up, and President Rodrigo Duterte’s plans to run for Vice President in the Philippines.

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18 August 2021
Regional Roundup: The Next Prime Minister — Malaysia Awaits
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives an analysis of Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah's call for Malaysia’s members of parliament to declare their choice for the embattled country’s next Prime Minister to succeed Muhyiddin Yassin, a possible comeback for Muhyiddin, the odds of Anwar securing the majority, and more.

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11 August 2021
Regional Roundup: Political Turmoil Stirring in Malaysia and Thailand
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives an analysis of the latest of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s premiership, what to expect when a confidence vote is conducted in parliament in September, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's announcement to revoke his order to ban the dissemination of information, and more.

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4 August 2021
Regional Roundup: Is Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin losing his reign soon? US officials visiting SEA, what’s the agenda?
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives an analysis of the call to postpone Malaysia's Monday special parliament session by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim decision to join an opposition protest against the shutdown of Parliament and demand the country's embattled premier resign,  and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's virtual meet with Southeast Asian officials.

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28 July 2021
Regional Round-Up: Rodrigo Duterte’s Report Card and the Succession Plan
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives an analysis of President Rodrigo Duterte's report card at the end of his term, Indonesia's extension of the partial lockdown, the kind of curbs that will be eased even as the emergency restrictions are extended, and more.

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21 July 2021
Regional Roundup: Covid-19 situation in Indonesia and Malaysia in the wake of Hari Raya Haji
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives an analysis of Indonesia extending its ongoing partial lockdown after reporting record-high coronavirus deaths, Malaysia seeking to ease restrictions for vaccinated individuals, and more.

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14 July 2021
Regional Round-Up: Malaysia shuts vaccination centre on Covid-19 cases and Thailand moves to mix vaccines
Leslie Lopez, Regional Correspondent, The Straits Times gives an analysis of Malaysia's mass testing of the workers and volunteers at the Ideal Convention Centre, Malaysia's aim to have 60% of the population immunized by end September, Thailand's decision to mix two kinds of vaccines to further boost protection against Covid-19, and more.

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7 July 2021
Regional Round-Up: Malaysia’s MCO 3.0 and Indonesia’s Covid Crisis
Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives an analysis of what went wrong during Malaysia’s latest lockdown to try to control the Covid-19 pandemic, the Covid-19 situation in Indonesia, the possibility of a more political turbulence in Malaysia, and more.

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30 June 2021
Regional Roundup: Indonesia enters hard Covid-19 lockdown
Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez shares the latest on Indonesia entering a hard lockdown to stem the spread of Covid-19, the slow pace of Malaysia’s latest RM150 billion package rollout, and how calls from Malaysia’s King to reconvene Parliament might be putting pressure on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

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23 June 2021
Regional Roundup: Could Malaysia face a general election this year?
On the Regional Roundup, Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis of a possible General Election in Malaysia at the end of this year, how significant a vote by Thai lawmakers' to potentially rewrite the country's charter is, and why Filipinos may face a jail sentence if they refuse a Covid-19 vaccine . #AsianInsider

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16 June 2021
Regional Roundup: Malaysia unveils post-pandemic exit plan
Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis on Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's four-phase, post-pandemic exit plan, whether Indonesia’s latest import and export numbers suggest a recovery is underway in Southeast Asia’s largest economy and how effective a closed-door ASEAN meeting on Myanmar might be.

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9 June 2021
Regional Roundup: Myanmar violence "is spiralling" and Malaysia's new Covid-19 vaccination centres
The US says "violence is spiralling" in Myanmar, and is stepping up efforts to help the country return to democracy, but will they be successful? Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis. Plus, shares how Malaysia's new Covid-19 vaccination centres will tackle rising cases in the country, and the unusual strategy Vietnam is taking to raise funding for vaccines.

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2 June 2021
Regional Roundup: Malaysia to protest ‘suspicious’ Chinese Air Force intrusion
On the Regional Roundup, Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez, gives his analysis on an apparent “intrusion” by 16 Chinese air force planes into Malaysia's airspace, the economic consequences of Malaysia's national lockdown, the latest fiscal measures Thailand has rolled out to help the country's recovery from Covid-19, and the novel way the Philippines is encouraging its people to get vaccinated.

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19 May 2021
Regional Roundup: 19 May 2021
Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis of the rolling out of some unorthodox measures in Malaysia due to the healthcare system being stretched thin, Thailand's struggle with a third wave of Covid-19 infections, and more details about Indonesia's biggest ever deal as Gojek and Tokopedia announced their multi-billion dollar merger, and more.

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12 May 2021
Regional Roundup: 12 May 2021
Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives an analysis of the new Covid-19 measures between Singapore and Malaysia as the situation develops, Malaysia’s nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO), Vietnam's call for vaccine makers to free up their patents to build up local vaccine production, and more.

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5 May 2021
Regional Roundup: 05 May 2021
Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives an analysis of Malaysia's Covid-19 restrictions due to the surge in numbers, Singapore and Malaysia's agreement to travel on compassionate grounds, the possibility of Myanmar's Military General, Min Aung Hlaing compromising with ASEAN to stop violence against protestors, and more.

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28 April 2021
Regional Roundup: Myanmar military and ASEAN agreement & M'sia O&G plan
Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis on Myanmar's Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing's agreement with ASEAN members to stop violence against protestors of the February coup. Plus, Malaysia has unveiled its 10-year plan to revive the oil and gas sector after it was hit hard by the pandemic, and shares more details about the ongoing investigation of the Indonesian submarine tragedy, and more.

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21 April 2021
Regional Roundup: 21 April 2021
Leslie Lopez, Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent gives an analysis of sanctions imposed on 10 Myanmar junta officials and two conglomerates linked to the military by the European Union, Johor state government's push for the reopening of its two land border checkpoints with Singapore, Microsoft's investment of US$1 billion over the next five years in Malaysia, and more.

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14 April 2021
Regional Roundup: M'sia-SG border, Msia politics & Myanmar situation on the Regional Roundup, Leslie Lopez, Straits Times Regional Correspondent shares more about what it might take for the Malaysia-Singapore border to reopen, plus why there are calls for UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to step down and why a DAP leader has caused a stir. Meanwhile, The UN rights chief has called for countries to take more action against the Myanmar military, but how likely is this?

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7 April 2021
Regional Roundup: Myanmar protests & M'sia's political parties gearing up
Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives an analysis on the unusual demonstration tactics by anti-military protesters in Myanmar, the commencement of election mode in Malaysia as Perikatan Nasional and UMNO's tours are underway, and the latest between the Philippines and China’s over conduct in the South China Sea, and more.

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31 March 2021
Regional Roundup: Myanmar Protests and Malaysia’s political future
Leslie Lopez, Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent breaks down the latest on a new tactic adopted by Myanmar protesters' to step up their civil disobedience, what a trio of ethnic rebel groups threatening to fight alongside protesters unless the Myanmar military rein in its violence could mean for the country, and also shares details on Singapore and Malaysia's financial agreement on failed high-speed rail project, and Malaysia’s UMNO party’s decision to go into the next election alone, and the ramifications for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

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17 March 2021
Regional Roundup: Myanmar mourns its protester fatalities
The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez breaks down the latest on the ongoing situation in Myanmar, possible political cooperation in Malaysia, and how The Philippines is tackling a surge in Covid-19 cases this month, and more.

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10 March 2021
Regional Roundup: Second NDP official dies in Myanmar police custody
In Myanmar, daily protests against the military coup are still being staged, with more than 60 protesters fatalities, and two NDP officials having died in police custody. Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis on whether mediation between the military and democratic government can occur. Plus, gives more details on Malaysia's high court allowing rights groups to challenge to the country’s immigration authorities on the recent deportation of more than 1,000 Myanmar nationals, and more.

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3 March 2021
Regional Roundup: ASEAN foreign leaders meet Myanmar military
Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent shares his analysis on the meeting between Myanmar's ruling military and ASEAN foreign ministers to quell violence and also open a channel to tackle the escalating political crisis, easing of Malaysia's public health restrictions, and more.

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24 February 2021
Regional Roundup: 24 February 2021
The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis on the continuation of outrage over the military coup in Myanmar, Malaysian news portal ‘Malaysiakini’ 500,000 Ringgit fine for contempt of court, Vietnam's government plans on its vaccination rollout, and more.

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17 February 2021
Regional Roundup: Myanmar military promises elections & Thailand's PM faces vote of no confidence
The news in Myanmar still dominates the regional headlines after the military guaranteed that it would hold an election and hand power to the winner, and charging ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with a second charge, of violating the country’s disaster management law. Plus, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha is facing a vote-of-no-confidence this week. Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his take, and shares more on Malaysia's extension of the MCO in three states, and Indonesia announcing plans for digital banks in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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10 February 2021
Regional Roundup: Myanmar protests & Malaysia’s foreign investment
The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez shares more on the growing movement in Myanmar to resist the military coup, and the potential consequences of the protests in regards to the spread of COVID-19. Plus, why Malaysia says foreign investment into the country is still looking optimistic, when a UN report suggests otherwise, and the significance of retail companies being allowed to open from today in regards to its recovery.

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3 February 2021
Regional Roundup: Myanmar military coup - what happens next?
The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez shares more on the dramatic Myanmar military coup which saw NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi stripped from power, and what the takeover means for democracy in the country. Plus, with Fitch Ratings downgrading Malaysia economic outlook once again, what could this potentially mean for the country's foreign investments and recovery.

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27 January 2021
Regional Roundup: Msia Opposition Leader Anwar files lawsuit against PM Muhyiddin
The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis of; Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim filing a lawsuit against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin over the country's state of emergency, options the Malaysian government might take to keep the Covid-19 situation under control, yet also support the economy, plus the vaccine roll out in Indonesia, and the latest from Vietnam's Communist Party congress.

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20 January 2021
Regional Roundup: Almost all of M'sia in MCO & Recovery in Indonesia after double disaster
The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez shares his insights on almost all of Malaysia going into a Movement Control Order from Friday, PM Muhyiddin Yassin's recently announced RM15 billion aid package, and how Indonesia plans to support the relief and recovery operations in the country following its the floods in South Kalimantan and 6.2 magnitude earthquake in West Sulawesi.

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13 January 2021
Regional Roundup: Malaysia in MCO and State of Emergency
Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent gives his analysis on Malaysia's Movement Control Order and state of emergency order put in place to deal with the worsening Covid-19 situation, how these might impact Malaysia's economic target to reach the 6.5-7.5% GDP for the year, the latest on Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea over the weekend, and more.

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6 January 2021
Regional Roundup: KL-SG HSR & Indonesia's decision to release its top terrorist
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis of Malaysia and Singapore's discussion on compensation after the termination of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project, plus why in Malaysia the Barisan Nasional coalition sacked its secretary-general, and gives more details over Indonesia's decision to release top terrorist convict Abu Bakar Bashir, and more.

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30 December 2020
Regional Roundup: 30 December 2020
Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times Regional Correspondent gives an analysis of the 30 charges against glove maker Brightway Holdings and two of its subsidiaries, Thailand's first reported coronavirus death after nearly 2 months, President Rodrigo Duterte's extension of the partial restrictions in Manila, and more.

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23 December 2020
Regional Roundup: 23 December 2020
The Straits Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Lopez gives his analysis on the news that Malaysia will be administering the Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine to Malaysians in February, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s recent major Cabinet reshuffle, and more.

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16 December 2020
Regional Roundup: Msia Budget Passed, SG-Msia HSR & Indo Wealth Fund
Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times’ Regional Correspondent breaks down the biggest stories from around the region including; Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's Budget finally being passed by parliament, the latest reports on the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed rail project which is set for its final decision deadline in two weeks. Plus, with the 1MDB scandal still firmly in investors minds, how might Indonesia’s new wealth fund be able to step out of the shadows and reassure investors that it will have tight anti-corruption protocols in place?

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9 December 2020
Regional Roundup: Uncertainty in Malaysia, protests in Thailand & political family ties in Indonesia
Leslie Lopez, The Straits Times Regional Correspondent breaks down the biggest stories from around the region including; Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's deputy being ousted in Perak, how the Fitch Ratings downgrade of Malaysia might impact the country, plus as Thailand pro-democracy groups continue to gather, how might the government tighten its laws, and in Indonesia might President Joko Widodo's family create a new political dynasty?

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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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