Alex Lo

Alex Lo

Columnist

Alex Lo has been a Post columnist since 2012, covering major issues affecting Hong Kong and the rest of China. A journalist for 25 years, he has worked for various publications in Hong Kong and Toronto as a news reporter and editor. He has also lectured in journalism at the University of Hong Kong.

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My Take | Missed opportunity to press for medical funding

In his first meet-the-press event as new Hospital Authority chairman, Henry Fan Hung-ling should have focused on public funding being withheld by the government that is much needed for medical training and facility expansions.

7 Dec 2019 - 4:31AM

In his first meet-the-press event as new Hospital Authority chairman, Henry Fan Hung-ling should have focused on public funding being withheld by the government that is much needed for medical training and facility expansions.

Missed opportunity to press for medical funding
My Take | Time to bring out the spending big guns

Piecemeal handouts and economic reliefs are in the past. The government must overhaul its conservative fiscal policy and boost social safety nets across the board

5 Dec 2019 - 11:28PM

Piecemeal handouts and economic reliefs are in the past. The government must overhaul its conservative fiscal policy and boost social safety nets across the board

Time to bring out the spending big guns
My Take | Fighting for a future that’s without a job

One of the tragic ironies of the violent anti-government protests is that young Hongkongers are becoming unemployable, especially in well-paid jobs with good career prospects

4 Dec 2019 - 10:13PM

One of the tragic ironies of the violent anti-government protests is that young Hongkongers are becoming unemployable, especially in well-paid jobs with good career prospects

Fighting for a future that’s without a job
My Take | Victorious pan-dems off on the right foot

Pledges by the winners of the district council elections to re-examine ridiculously expensive vanity projects and abolish proxy votes are welcome

3 Dec 2019 - 10:49PM

Pledges by the winners of the district council elections to re-examine ridiculously expensive vanity projects and abolish proxy votes are welcome

Victorious pan-dems off on the right foot
My Take | You don’t win freedom by destroying universities

The deafening silence about the wanton destruction of campuses and theft of dangerous chemicals by rioters says much about the complicity of their enablers and cheerleaders

2 Dec 2019 - 10:22PM

The deafening silence about the wanton destruction of campuses and theft of dangerous chemicals by rioters says much about the complicity of their enablers and cheerleaders

You don’t win freedom by destroying universities
My Take | Another outrageous lie from rioters exposed

However effective rioters and their enablers have been in lying about Hong Kong police and the murders and rapes officers supposedly committed, the truth will eventually come out

1 Dec 2019 - 10:28PM

However effective rioters and their enablers have been in lying about Hong Kong police and the murders and rapes officers supposedly committed, the truth will eventually come out

Another outrageous lie from rioters exposed
My Take | Hong Kong will pay dearly for US meddling

Once the city becomes a political flashpoint, it can kiss its status as a global business hub goodbye

29 Nov 2019 - 10:22PM

Once the city becomes a political flashpoint, it can kiss its status as a global business hub goodbye

Hong Kong will pay dearly for US meddling
My Take | The United States is once again selective in caring about rights

Americans only care about democracy, freedom and human rights when they can be used against enemies, and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is testament to that

28 Nov 2019 - 10:55PM

Americans only care about democracy, freedom and human rights when they can be used against enemies, and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act is testament to that

The United States is once again selective in caring about rights
My Take | Chance for protesters to be politicians after poll wins

With the awesome financial resources available to them, pan-democrats on district councils are now in a position to launch a constructive rebellion and put an end to the destruction

27 Nov 2019 - 10:25PM

With the awesome financial resources available to them, pan-democrats on district councils are now in a position to launch a constructive rebellion and put an end to the destruction

Chance for protesters to be politicians after poll wins
My Take | Give district councils more power

Many of those elected purely for their anti-government credentials rather than experience or ability will not be up to the job and quickly exposed

26 Nov 2019 - 11:07PM

Many of those elected purely for their anti-government credentials rather than experience or ability will not be up to the job and quickly exposed

Give district councils more power
My Take | Time to concede to save Hong Kong

It’s clear the government will have to meet at least a few of the protesters’ demands if its allies are not to be decimated in the coming Legislative Council election, and to return the city to normality

25 Nov 2019 - 10:32PM

It’s clear the government will have to meet at least a few of the protesters’ demands if its allies are not to be decimated in the coming Legislative Council election, and to return the city to normality

Time to concede to save Hong Kong
My Take | US winning the propaganda war in Hong Kong

The unusual level of freedom available in Hong Kong is being cynically exploited by China’s enemies to turn its people against each other and their own country

24 Nov 2019 - 11:04PM

The unusual level of freedom available in Hong Kong is being cynically exploited by China’s enemies to turn its people against each other and their own country

US winning the propaganda war in Hong Kong
My Take | Dominic Raab has miscalculated badly in Simon Cheng case

Anything out of Hong Kong is now exploited by Washington and London as ammunition against Beijing, but Cheng’s claims of torture during mainland detention are badly compromised.

23 Nov 2019 - 4:31AM

Anything out of Hong Kong is now exploited by Washington and London as ammunition against Beijing, but Cheng’s claims of torture during mainland detention are badly compromised.

Dominic Raab has miscalculated badly in Simon Cheng case
My Take | Pan-dems have opened up a can of worms

A Hong Kong court has backed the opposition by ruling the government’s ban on wearing face masks at protests is unconstitutional but in the long term, the backlash from Beijing could erode our judicial independence

21 Nov 2019 - 10:59PM

A Hong Kong court has backed the opposition by ruling the government’s ban on wearing face masks at protests is unconstitutional but in the long term, the backlash from Beijing could erode our judicial independence

Pan-dems have opened up a can of worms
My Take | Don’t expect anything good from US law

Should Donald Trump sign off on bill targeting Hong Kong, the city will be labelled a trouble spot to be exploited by Washington and taught a lesson by Beijing

20 Nov 2019 - 10:35PM

Should Donald Trump sign off on bill targeting Hong Kong, the city will be labelled a trouble spot to be exploited by Washington and taught a lesson by Beijing

Don’t expect anything good from US law
My Take | Dismiss terrorism label at your peril

Critics scoff at police warning, yet history is full of independence movements that turned to violent extremism

19 Nov 2019 - 10:33PM

Critics scoff at police warning, yet history is full of independence movements that turned to violent extremism

Dismiss terrorism label at your peril
My Take | In Hong Kong crisis, the joke’s on Washington

America’s attempt to exploit the city’s months-long unrest against China has been so transparent that no one is fooled, least of all Beijing

18 Nov 2019 - 10:22PM

America’s attempt to exploit the city’s months-long unrest against China has been so transparent that no one is fooled, least of all Beijing

In Hong Kong crisis, the joke’s on Washington
My Take | Plea for ceasefire to start the road to peace

Chandran Nair, who runs independent think tank the Global Institute for Tomorrow, has called on the local news media to dedicate their front pages to the declaration of a ceasefire that may allow for peaceful leadership to emerge

17 Nov 2019 - 10:13PM

Chandran Nair, who runs independent think tank the Global Institute for Tomorrow, has called on the local news media to dedicate their front pages to the declaration of a ceasefire that may allow for peaceful leadership to emerge

Plea for ceasefire to start the road to peace
My Take | Hong Kong breakdown can only mean a Beijing takeover

Sooner or later, people in the city will have to acknowledge mainland China is the only power that can rewrite our social contract, relaunch government and restore institutions.

16 Nov 2019 - 1:56AM

Sooner or later, people in the city will have to acknowledge mainland China is the only power that can rewrite our social contract, relaunch government and restore institutions.

Hong Kong breakdown can only mean a Beijing takeover
My Take | What future? It’s the end of Hong Kong as we know it

Despair has replaced reason as young people trash their own city while their elders cheer them on.

15 Nov 2019 - 12:53AM

Despair has replaced reason as young people trash their own city while their elders cheer them on.

What future? It’s the end of Hong Kong as we know it
My Take | Hong Kong is descending into extremism

The city’s future is being threatened by lawlessness as radicalised youth will not go away even if the current crisis is resolved

13 Nov 2019 - 11:05PM

The city’s future is being threatened by lawlessness as radicalised youth will not go away even if the current crisis is resolved

Hong Kong is descending into extremism
My Take | Is Hong Kong OK with man being set on fire?

Pan-democratic lawmakers have condemned police shooting of protester, but appear intent on downplaying horrific torching by rioters

12 Nov 2019 - 10:13PM

Pan-democratic lawmakers have condemned police shooting of protester, but appear intent on downplaying horrific torching by rioters

Is Hong Kong OK with man being set on fire?
My Take | Seriously not funny: it’s high time to find common ground

The people of Hong Kong cannot continue to demonise each other as the city burns; surely there must be a way forward

11 Nov 2019 - 10:30PM

The people of Hong Kong cannot continue to demonise each other as the city burns; surely there must be a way forward

Seriously not funny: it’s high time to find common ground
My Take | Our universities have become havens of intolerance

The city’s tertiary institutions must protect their mainland students and staff from political violence and anti-China bigotry

10 Nov 2019 - 10:26PM

The city’s tertiary institutions must protect their mainland students and staff from political violence and anti-China bigotry

Our universities have become havens of intolerance
My Take | Hong Kong’s protest movement is also a language war

Many protest messages and graffiti may have lots of miswritten Chinese, but their writers only care about their effectiveness as political weapon

10 Nov 2019 - 12:25AM

Many protest messages and graffiti may have lots of miswritten Chinese, but their writers only care about their effectiveness as political weapon

Hong Kong’s protest movement is also a language war
Time to end the violence for district polls
My Take | That’s enough, let us put an end to tragedy

As a student fights for his life, the time has come for responsible adults to stand up and call a halt to the misery and heartbreak engulfing Hong Kong.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:25PM

As a student fights for his life, the time has come for responsible adults to stand up and call a halt to the misery and heartbreak engulfing Hong Kong.

That’s enough, let us put an end to tragedy
My Take | Resign? Carrie Lam won’t get off that easy

Chief executive’s meeting with President Xi Jinping has made one thing clear: she needs to clean up the mess that she created

6 Nov 2019 - 10:39PM

Chief executive’s meeting with President Xi Jinping has made one thing clear: she needs to clean up the mess that she created

Resign? Carrie Lam won’t get off that easy
My Take | Annie Wu Suk-ching is the true conscience of Hong Kong

The heir of the Maxim’s catering fortune could have led a comfortable life instead of speaking up for the city and paying a steep personal price for it.

5 Nov 2019 - 10:47PM

The heir of the Maxim’s catering fortune could have led a comfortable life instead of speaking up for the city and paying a steep personal price for it.

Annie Wu Suk-ching is the true conscience of Hong Kong
My Take | Xi’s Macau invite to Trump is peace overture over HK

Whether Donald Trump shows up in Macau or not, Xi Jinping’s offer is an implicit guarantee that Beijing will play nice in Hong Kong

4 Nov 2019 - 11:19PM

Whether Donald Trump shows up in Macau or not, Xi Jinping’s offer is an implicit guarantee that Beijing will play nice in Hong Kong

Xi’s Macau invite to Trump is peace overture over HK