Lai Tung-kwok

Hong Kong's Secretary for Security, Lai Tung-kwok, sparked outrage from women's groups over comments he made on May 14, 2012, when announcing a sharp rise in the number of rapes in the first quarter of that year. "Some of these cases also involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol. So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much,' he said as he reported the government's Fight Crime Committee statistics.

We don't owe anyone an apology, says US consul over Edward Snowden affair

US consul Stephen Young said at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central on Thursday the Snowden affair had damaged trust between the US and Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

Outgoing US consul in Hong Kong Stephen Young said on Thursday the US did not owe any country an apology in relation to the alleged hacking activities disclosed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Friday, 19 July, 2013, 10:35am 50 comments

No reply from US on hacking claims disappointing, says security minister

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok says the government is still waiting for a reply from the US to questions about its alleged hacking activites in the city. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong’s security minister on Wednesday repeated calls by the government for the United States to clarify claims made by Edward Snowden that it had been hacking into computers in the city.

26 Jun 2013 - 10:31pm 16 comments

Hong Kong's security chief orders around-the-clock protection for data network

Security chief Lai Tung-kwok in Legco yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

The security chief was trying to placate a worried public following Snowden's claims in the media that US agencies have carried out hundreds of cyberspying operations in Hong Kong.

13 Aug 2013 - 3:45pm 3 comments

Security chief was victim of political correctness over rape comments

Lai Tung-kwok. Photo: Dickson Lee

There used to be a wonderful shop in Kowloon City called "Fat Men's Trousers". No beating about the bush, the name said it all. No need to shuffle in sheepishly wondering whether there would be anything in your size. Everything was in your size.

The staff would just get the extra long tape measure round your middle, note the result and point to the right pile.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm 10 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 31, 2013

Displaced Rohingya in a camp in Sittwe, Burma. Photo: AFP

Unseen forces pushing for incinerator site

Gina Chan Fung-chun ("Unbiased ruling for island waste site", May 25) is right to be suspicious of the Environmental Protection Department's motives in choosing Shek Kwu Chau, which is so obviously the wrong place to build an incinerator.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Letters to the Editor, May 28, 2013

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok. Photo: David Wong

Security chief should have apologised

I was extremely offended by Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok's suggestion that young girls drink less in order to prevent rape ("Security chief blasted for rape remark", May 16).

28 May 2013 - 1:20am 2 comments

Government ministers should think before they speak

Lai Tung-kwok, Secretary for Security of HKSAR briefs media. Photo: Edward Wong

A sudden surge in crime should ring the alarm bells in any society. So when rape cases in Hong Kong are found to have jumped 60 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter, the community rightly expects the problem to be addressed with a sense of urgency. But Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok is apparently eager to teach women a lesson rather than go after the criminals.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm 7 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 21, 2013

Caged birds on sale in a Mong Kok market. Photo: Felix Wong

Comments on rape a gentle reminder

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok has come under fire for advising women to drink less to avoid being raped ("Security chief blasted for rape remark", May 16).

His comments came as government statistics were released showing that rapes in the first three months of this year were up on the same period last year.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm 3 comments

'Improper' for Hong Kong to boycott Manila over Taiwan fisherman's shooting

Hundreds of Taiwan fishermen, holding a portrait of Philippine President Benigno Aquino, march to the Philippine trade office in Tapei in protest last week. Photo: EPA

Responding to a call on Saturday by Global Times for Hong Kong and Macau to join a boycott of the Philippines, possibly through tourism and trade, security chief Lai Tung-kwok said: "Taiwan has taken a series of actions [in response to the incident], but I think some of these actions would not be appropriate for Hong Kong."

20 May 2013 - 12:02pm 8 comments

Police attacked after female protester restrained by male officer

Leung Kwok-hung drags a mannequin of Leung Chun-ying into Legco after his protest. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Civil Human Rights Front has called on the police to make public their guidelines governing how male officers should physically handle female protesters, following remarks by secretary for security Lai Tung-kwok that police could decide the matter on a case by case basis.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am 3 comments

Security chief's remarks on rape are illogical and misguided

Lai Tung-kwok, Secretary for Security meet the media. Photo: Dickson Lee

Was Tess Durbeyfield raped or seduced? The answer depends on which version of Tess of the D'Urbervilles we refer to. For all the changes Thomas Hardy has made to the story, and the web of ambiguities spun in each revision, it would seem he has purposefully left that to our imagination.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

A Bad Week for ... , May 19, 2013

Lai Tung-kwok

Lai Tung-kwok, the secretary for security, has attracted the ire of women's groups and members of the public after saying that women should drink less to avoid being raped.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am

Letters to the Editor, May 18, 2013

Alfresco dining is under threat in Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

Quest to end alfresco dining hurts tourism

I first landed in Hong Kong in 1994 and found the dining scene quite vibrant and exciting. It was certainly very different from the US, where I hailed from.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm 3 comments

We need a sober view of sexual violence

Osaka Mayor and Japan Restoration Party co-leader Toru Hashimoto leaves a press conference at Osaka city hall in Osaka. Photo: AFP

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and our own security chief Lai Tung-kwok have much in common. Both men have caused public outrage this month with their comments related to violence against women.

After half a century of the sexual and gender equality revolution, it's remarkable how powerful and well-educated men in Asia still go about life as if nothing has changed.

18 May 2013 - 4:10am 4 comments

Who said it?

Security chief Lai Tung-kwok

Most women who endure sexual violence don't report it because of shame, and his statement affirmed these fears

Si-si Liu Pui-shan on security chief Lai Tung-kwok


Japan was not the only one doing so. Everybody was doing bad things

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on wartime 'comfort women'


17 May 2013 - 3:17am