Alice Wu

Alice Wu

Alice Wu fell down the rabbit hole of politics aged 12, when she ran her first election campaign. She has been writing about local politics and current affairs for the Post since 2008. Alice's daily needs include her journals, books, a multi-coloured pen and several lattes.

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Opinion | Hong Kong will never be Macau. Beijing’s comparison of the two shows it is in denial

A big part of Beijing’s problems with Hong Kong is its consistent misreading of public sentiment. Calls for it to be more like trouble-free, compliant Macau only show that China’s leadership remains out of touch.

9 Dec 2019 - 9:01AM

A big part of Beijing’s problems with Hong Kong is its consistent misreading of public sentiment. Calls for it to be more like trouble-free, compliant Macau only show that China’s leadership remains out of touch.

Hong Kong will never be Macau. Beijing’s comparison of the two shows it is in denial
Opinion | Blind support of the government and ignoring public sentiment leads to a voter backlash. When will the DAB learn?

The DAB was punished at the polls the last time it sided with the government in its attempt to push through an unpopular mainland-related law. Not only did the party make the same mistake this year, it doesn’t seem to be taking responsibility for its error.

2 Dec 2019 - 10:45AM

The DAB was punished at the polls the last time it sided with the government in its attempt to push through an unpopular mainland-related law. Not only did the party make the same mistake this year, it doesn’t seem to be taking responsibility for its error.

Blind support of the government and ignoring public sentiment leads to a voter backlash. When will the DAB learn?
Opinion | Hong Kong’s protest crisis rages on and judicial independence is under fire, but where is our justice minister?

Apart from the irony of controversy-prone Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng touting Hong Kong as a dispute resolution centre while the city burns, she has missed important court rulings and their fallout.

25 Nov 2019 - 4:59PM

Apart from the irony of controversy-prone Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng touting Hong Kong as a dispute resolution centre while the city burns, she has missed important court rulings and their fallout.

Hong Kong’s protest crisis rages on and judicial independence is under fire, but where is our justice minister?
Opinion | Hong Kong’s protests have descended into savagery – with university campuses leading the charge

What began as a broad and impressive protest movement has become a hate-driven mob. Even our university campuses have been turned into weapons factories and police states – except protesters are running them.

19 Nov 2019 - 5:54PM

What began as a broad and impressive protest movement has become a hate-driven mob. Even our university campuses have been turned into weapons factories and police states – except protesters are running them.

Hong Kong’s protests have descended into savagery – with university campuses leading the charge
Opinion | Hong Kong protesters must call a truce for the district council elections – or let Carrie Lam win the day

Recent violent attacks on two district councillors are reason enough for Lam to cancel the upcoming elections, especially since it’s clear the government cannot be counted on to guarantee safety on election day. The ball is now in protesters’ court.

11 Nov 2019 - 9:40AM

Recent violent attacks on two district councillors are reason enough for Lam to cancel the upcoming elections, especially since it’s clear the government cannot be counted on to guarantee safety on election day. The ball is now in protesters’ court.

Hong Kong protesters must call a truce for the district council elections – or let Carrie Lam win the day
Opinion | Obama’s warning about ‘woke’ culture could have been directed at Hong Kong during the protests

Hong Kong’s fervent young protesters have turned to harassment or even assault against those who disagree with them. This is an even more extreme form of the behaviour the former president recently criticised among American progressives.

4 Nov 2019 - 3:14AM

Hong Kong’s fervent young protesters have turned to harassment or even assault against those who disagree with them. This is an even more extreme form of the behaviour the former president recently criticised among American progressives.

Obama’s warning about ‘woke’ culture could have been directed at Hong Kong during the protests
Opinion | Singapore’s prime minister spoke uncomfortable truths that both Beijing and Hong Kong’s protesters need to hear

Lee, like his late father, sees the tensions behind ‘one country, two systems’ Beijing has not addressed. But Hong Kong protesters should also take to heart his warning against the all-or-nothing approach.

29 Oct 2019 - 12:52AM

Lee, like his late father, sees the tensions behind ‘one country, two systems’ Beijing has not addressed. But Hong Kong protesters should also take to heart his warning against the all-or-nothing approach.

Singapore’s prime minister spoke uncomfortable truths that both Beijing and Hong Kong’s protesters need to hear
Opinion | Stop the violence: don’t give Carrie Lam an excuse to take away our election rights

Carrie Lam’s insulting policy address was yet another sign of her refusal to be held accountable for her numerous mistakes. Continuing the violence would only give her the reason she needs to suspend, or cancel, district council elections.

21 Oct 2019 - 9:06AM

Carrie Lam’s insulting policy address was yet another sign of her refusal to be held accountable for her numerous mistakes. Continuing the violence would only give her the reason she needs to suspend, or cancel, district council elections.

Stop the violence: don’t give Carrie Lam an excuse to take away our election rights
Opinion | Carrie Lam needs to face the public for her policy address – a pre-recorded message will do nothing for her government’s standing

The government’s missteps didn’t start with the extradition bill – top officials’ actions have consistently lacked accountability. No one expects the policy address to end her troubles, but Lam’s reliance on pre-recorded messages won’t help her battered image.

15 Oct 2019 - 10:42PM

The government’s missteps didn’t start with the extradition bill – top officials’ actions have consistently lacked accountability. No one expects the policy address to end her troubles, but Lam’s reliance on pre-recorded messages won’t help her battered image.

Carrie Lam needs to face the public for her policy address – a pre-recorded message will do nothing for her government’s standing
Opinion | Hong Kong’s government is dreaming if it thinks the emergency anti-mask law is going to fix a crisis it let simmer all summer

The The government’s responses as Hong Kong’s crisis has escalated since June have been insufficient to say the least. Anti-mask legislation is but the latest misstep in managing a row that now permeates all of Hong Kong society.

7 Oct 2019 - 6:06AM

The The government’s responses as Hong Kong’s crisis has escalated since June have been insufficient to say the least. Anti-mask legislation is but the latest misstep in managing a row that now permeates all of Hong Kong society.

Hong Kong’s government is dreaming if it thinks the emergency anti-mask law is going to fix a crisis it let simmer all summer
Opinion | Hong Kong’s crippling protests are the price it pays for being the world’s most free economy

The ‘economic freedom’ Hong Kong has championed gave us stark inequality, no social mobility and unaffordable housing. The result has been fatalism. The protests were decades in the making and won’t be solved without tackling deep-seated issues.

22 Sep 2019 - 8:38PM

The ‘economic freedom’ Hong Kong has championed gave us stark inequality, no social mobility and unaffordable housing. The result has been fatalism. The protests were decades in the making and won’t be solved without tackling deep-seated issues.

Hong Kong’s crippling protests are the price it pays for being the world’s most free economy
Opinion | Hong Kong’s unrest is a vote of no confidence in the opposition. Pan-democrats must get out of their rut

When pan-democrats lost two seats in 2018, some chalked it up to a changing political environment. The truth is that if the opposition wasn’t so dysfunctional, protesters wouldn’t be taking matters into their own hands in the streets.

16 Sep 2019 - 6:15AM

When pan-democrats lost two seats in 2018, some chalked it up to a changing political environment. The truth is that if the opposition wasn’t so dysfunctional, protesters wouldn’t be taking matters into their own hands in the streets.

Hong Kong’s unrest is a vote of no confidence in the opposition. Pan-democrats must get out of their rut
Opinion | Carrie Lam listened to 19 Hong Kong elites after ignoring millions of marchers in June – that’s why the bill withdrawal has solved nothing

Had Carrie Lam listened to the public on June 9, Hong Kong’s summer of discontent could have been avoided. Now, by showing she does value the views of a few elites, she has inflicted more pain on the city, her allies included.

9 Sep 2019 - 10:13AM

Had Carrie Lam listened to the public on June 9, Hong Kong’s summer of discontent could have been avoided. Now, by showing she does value the views of a few elites, she has inflicted more pain on the city, her allies included.

Carrie Lam listened to 19 Hong Kong elites after ignoring millions of marchers in June – that’s why the bill withdrawal has solved nothing
Opinion | Be careful, Hong Kong protesters – as demonstrations escalate, so do Beijing’s military exercises and ‘colour revolution’ talk

Demonstrators should communicate that this is an internal matter for Hong Kong, consistent with national rejuvenation. Otherwise, Beijing may make good on the implications of its PLA exercises and ‘colour revolution’ talk.

2 Sep 2019 - 9:11AM

Demonstrators should communicate that this is an internal matter for Hong Kong, consistent with national rejuvenation. Otherwise, Beijing may make good on the implications of its PLA exercises and ‘colour revolution’ talk.

Be careful, Hong Kong protesters – as demonstrations escalate, so do Beijing’s military exercises and ‘colour revolution’ talk
Opinion | Carrie Lam is trying to shift the blame for the unrest to protesters. Don’t let her get away with it

The Hong Kong economy is suffering, perhaps as part of the government’s plan. When people are tallying losses and blaming protesters, and when protesters are antagonising Beijing, everyone forgets it was Lam who got us here.

26 Aug 2019 - 9:44AM

The Hong Kong economy is suffering, perhaps as part of the government’s plan. When people are tallying losses and blaming protesters, and when protesters are antagonising Beijing, everyone forgets it was Lam who got us here.

Carrie Lam is trying to shift the blame for the unrest to protesters. Don’t let her get away with it
Opinion | Carrie Lam is a godsend to the opposition – she’s the one thing they can agree on

Just last year, the pan-democrats suffered a big setback in legislative by-elections because they couldn’t work together with the localists. Thanks to the chief executive, the factions are more now united than ever.

19 Aug 2019 - 9:37AM

Just last year, the pan-democrats suffered a big setback in legislative by-elections because they couldn’t work together with the localists. Thanks to the chief executive, the factions are more now united than ever.

Carrie Lam is a godsend to the opposition – she’s the one thing they can agree on
Opinion | In Hong Kong, neither Beijing nor pro-establishment politicians are even pretending Carrie Lam is still in charge

Beijing insists on loyalty to Carrie Lam but issues direct messages to the Hong Kong police and pro-Beijing politicians. Add Lam’s public absences, and the demise of ‘one country, two systems’ may be unfolding differently than expected.

12 Aug 2019 - 9:03AM

Beijing insists on loyalty to Carrie Lam but issues direct messages to the Hong Kong police and pro-Beijing politicians. Add Lam’s public absences, and the demise of ‘one country, two systems’ may be unfolding differently than expected.

In Hong Kong, neither Beijing nor pro-establishment politicians are even pretending Carrie Lam is still in charge
Opinion | Carrie Lam cannot end Hong Kong protests with her passive aggression

The PLA threat is real and looming. The city needs dialogue and leaders unafraid of being shouted down. Let Hong Kong’s chief executives, past, present and future, step forward now and do their duty by the city.

4 Aug 2019 - 7:47PM

The PLA threat is real and looming. The city needs dialogue and leaders unafraid of being shouted down. Let Hong Kong’s chief executives, past, present and future, step forward now and do their duty by the city.

Carrie Lam cannot end Hong Kong protests with her passive aggression
Opinion | Hong Kong’s continued turmoil raises risk of the dreaded ‘nuclear option’: PLA

As Hong Kong descends into pandemonium and the Carrie Lam government sits on its hands, how long would it be before Beijing declares a state of emergency in Hong Kong and sends in the PLA?

29 Jul 2019 - 9:02AM

As Hong Kong descends into pandemonium and the Carrie Lam government sits on its hands, how long would it be before Beijing declares a state of emergency in Hong Kong and sends in the PLA?

Hong Kong’s continued turmoil raises risk of the dreaded ‘nuclear option’: PLA
Opinion | If Carrie Lam cannot quit over the extradition bill crisis, other heads in her cabinet must roll

Beijing seems to be rethinking its system of monitoring Hong Kong and assessing how to deal with the political crisis. If it refuses to let Carrie Lam resign, other Executive Council members must take the fall so that trust can be rebuilt.

22 Jul 2019 - 6:16AM

Beijing seems to be rethinking its system of monitoring Hong Kong and assessing how to deal with the political crisis. If it refuses to let Carrie Lam resign, other Executive Council members must take the fall so that trust can be rebuilt.

If Carrie Lam cannot quit over the extradition bill crisis, other heads in her cabinet must roll
Opinion | Extradition bill protests show the pro-Beijing bloc didn’t learn from history, and now must pay the price

The massive upsurge in voter registration since the protests began can only mean bad news for the establishment. Many factors contributed to this point, but the biggest problem is their repeat of the mistakes of 2003.

14 Jul 2019 - 8:23PM

The massive upsurge in voter registration since the protests began can only mean bad news for the establishment. Many factors contributed to this point, but the biggest problem is their repeat of the mistakes of 2003.

Extradition bill protests show the pro-Beijing bloc didn’t learn from history, and now must pay the price
Opinion | After the extradition protests, Hong Kong must do what it failed to do after Occupy: heal the divisions

Both the Hong Kong and Beijing governments need to step back and carefully consider their next moves. Many missteps have contributed to the destructive protests, and another mistake could have even worse consequences

8 Jul 2019 - 9:08AM

Both the Hong Kong and Beijing governments need to step back and carefully consider their next moves. Many missteps have contributed to the destructive protests, and another mistake could have even worse consequences

After the extradition protests, Hong Kong must do what it failed to do after Occupy: heal the divisions
Opinion | Carrie Lam has to go, and the next chief executive must resolve Article 23 and universal suffrage in Hong Kong

The longer Lam stays in office, the more of a drag she’ll be for Beijing. It would be better for her to go soon, and for the central government to start thinking about how to address the issues behind the mass protests.

1 Jul 2019 - 10:57AM

The longer Lam stays in office, the more of a drag she’ll be for Beijing. It would be better for her to go soon, and for the central government to start thinking about how to address the issues behind the mass protests.

Carrie Lam has to go, and the next chief executive must resolve Article 23 and universal suffrage in Hong Kong
Opinion | The writing was on the wall for Hong Kong’s extradition bill, so why did Carrie Lam’s cabinet fail to read it?

With their complete lack of understanding of public sentiment on the controversial extradition bill, the privileged members of the Executive Council have let down Carrie Lam, and possibly done serious damage to ‘one country, two systems’.

24 Jun 2019 - 6:33AM

With their complete lack of understanding of public sentiment on the controversial extradition bill, the privileged members of the Executive Council have let down Carrie Lam, and possibly done serious damage to ‘one country, two systems’.

The writing was on the wall for Hong Kong’s extradition bill, so why did Carrie Lam’s cabinet fail to read it?
Opinion | Carrie Lam’s arrogance and the ineffectiveness of her advisers brought her to a political precipice

In her election manifesto, the chief executive promised a new consultative style of governance that is absent in her initial response to opposition to the extradition bill. Her Executive Council must also share the blame for not stepping up sooner to deter Lam from rushing through the bill.

17 Jun 2019 - 9:05AM

In her election manifesto, the chief executive promised a new consultative style of governance that is absent in her initial response to opposition to the extradition bill. Her Executive Council must also share the blame for not stepping up sooner to deter Lam from rushing through the bill.

Carrie Lam’s arrogance and the ineffectiveness of her advisers brought her to a political precipice
Opinion | Extradition is a critical issue – all Hongkongers, including housewives, are entitled to speak out about it

A lawmaker’s attack on a homemaker’s petition against the government’s extradition bill, suggesting that housewives are politically irrelevant and worthy of ridicule, is profoundly misogynistic.

10 Jun 2019 - 3:36PM

A lawmaker’s attack on a homemaker’s petition against the government’s extradition bill, suggesting that housewives are politically irrelevant and worthy of ridicule, is profoundly misogynistic.

Extradition is a critical issue – all Hongkongers, including housewives, are entitled to speak out about it
Opinion | Hong Kong extradition bill is now a litmus test for patriotism with a fugitive tycoon as its face

Billionaire Joseph Lau’s statement suggests that opposition to the extradition bill signals a lack of patriotism, an impression the government has done nothing to counter.

2 Jun 2019 - 7:58PM

Billionaire Joseph Lau’s statement suggests that opposition to the extradition bill signals a lack of patriotism, an impression the government has done nothing to counter.

Hong Kong extradition bill is now a litmus test for patriotism with a fugitive tycoon as its face
Opinion | New governance style? Carrie Lam can’t even get basic policymaking right, as the abject failure of the spare room letting scheme shows

The take-up rate of the letting scheme for subsidised flats in Hong Kong has been outrageously low, with only 13 of 13,000 eligible owners signing up. Did the government pull the policy out of thin air, instead of doing research and evaluation?

27 May 2019 - 9:15AM

The take-up rate of the letting scheme for subsidised flats in Hong Kong has been outrageously low, with only 13 of 13,000 eligible owners signing up. Did the government pull the policy out of thin air, instead of doing research and evaluation?

New governance style? Carrie Lam can’t even get basic policymaking right, as the abject failure of the spare room letting scheme shows
Opinion | Hong Kong should stop telling its disaffected youth they are the problem

Government initiatives aimed at ‘improving’ our young people in various ways miss the point. It’s the mismatch between youth expectations and economic opportunities that breeds social discontent, and what officials must address.

20 May 2019 - 9:00AM

Government initiatives aimed at ‘improving’ our young people in various ways miss the point. It’s the mismatch between youth expectations and economic opportunities that breeds social discontent, and what officials must address.

Hong Kong should stop telling its disaffected youth they are the problem
Opinion | Housing, not a new extradition law, is Hong Kong’s most pressing problem and should be Carrie Lam’s focus

While the government’s move to amend Hong Kong’s extradition law has dominated the headlines recently and consumed the energy of the administration, the city’s most critical problem remains the lack of affordable housing.

12 May 2019 - 6:53PM

While the government’s move to amend Hong Kong’s extradition law has dominated the headlines recently and consumed the energy of the administration, the city’s most critical problem remains the lack of affordable housing.

Housing, not a new extradition law, is Hong Kong’s most pressing problem and should be Carrie Lam’s focus