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.
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 | 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
Opinion | A perfect political storm is brewing again in Hong Kong, and Carrie Lam is sailing right into it

The Lam administration has not been able to sell Hongkongers on anything, from Lantau reclamation to extradition. And its tough stance on the extradition bill is dangerous, when all signs point to a repeat of the political disaster of 2003.

6 May 2019 - 7:17AM

The Lam administration has not been able to sell Hongkongers on anything, from Lantau reclamation to extradition. And its tough stance on the extradition bill is dangerous, when all signs point to a repeat of the political disaster of 2003.

A perfect political storm is brewing again in Hong Kong, and Carrie Lam is sailing right into it
Opinion | To recover from the Occupy protests, we need to remember how Hong Kong got into this mess

The sentencing of the protest leaders doesn’t really close the case for the city. The protests had their roots in political and social problems of the last administration that need to be solved before they crop up again.

29 Apr 2019 - 9:00AM

The sentencing of the protest leaders doesn’t really close the case for the city. The protests had their roots in political and social problems of the last administration that need to be solved before they crop up again.

To recover from the Occupy protests, we need to remember how Hong Kong got into this mess
Opinion | Don’t allow the anti-vaccine movement to spread through Hong Kong

Measles is making a global comeback because of misinformation and ignorance. The Hong Kong government needs to dispel the false claims and ensure all the facts are freely available, to avoid an epidemic in the densely-populated city.

15 Apr 2019 - 7:30AM

Measles is making a global comeback because of misinformation and ignorance. The Hong Kong government needs to dispel the false claims and ensure all the facts are freely available, to avoid an epidemic in the densely-populated city.

Don’t allow the anti-vaccine movement to spread through Hong Kong
Opinion | What Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu’s perfectly timed trip to Hong Kong reveals about Beijing

Kaohsiung’s Han Kuo-yu pulled off an impressive political tightrope walk during his trip to Hong Kong and the mainland. But the success of his visit and a remark made by Hong Kong lawmaker Abraham Razack also speak volumes about Beijing’s tolerance.

8 Apr 2019 - 9:02AM

Kaohsiung’s Han Kuo-yu pulled off an impressive political tightrope walk during his trip to Hong Kong and the mainland. But the success of his visit and a remark made by Hong Kong lawmaker Abraham Razack also speak volumes about Beijing’s tolerance.

What Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu’s perfectly timed trip to Hong Kong reveals about Beijing
Opinion | Shopaholic Hong Kong: stop buying so many clothes if you really want to save the planet – ditching that plastic straw isn’t enough

With a recent study finding that fibres found in deep-sea creatures came from textiles, it’s time for everyone in this city to realise that our obsession with fast fashion is killing Planet Earth.

1 Apr 2019 - 7:13AM

With a recent study finding that fibres found in deep-sea creatures came from textiles, it’s time for everyone in this city to realise that our obsession with fast fashion is killing Planet Earth.

Shopaholic Hong Kong: stop buying so many clothes if you really want to save the planet – ditching that plastic straw isn’t enough
Opinion | From hope to despair: how Carrie Lam’s governance is putting ‘one country, two systems’ at risk

If plummeting public confidence in the government translates into an electoral defeat for the pro-establishment camp, it may set alarm bells ringing for Beijing, putting at risk the city’s high degree of autonomy.

24 Mar 2019 - 5:06PM

If plummeting public confidence in the government translates into an electoral defeat for the pro-establishment camp, it may set alarm bells ringing for Beijing, putting at risk the city’s high degree of autonomy.

From hope to despair: how Carrie Lam’s governance is putting ‘one country, two systems’ at risk
Opinion | The true heartbreak of the US college admissions scandal is it’s routine

‘Legacy places’, wealthy donations, pricey tutors and education consultants – the education systems in Hong Kong and elsewhere routinely favour the wealthy even without this most recent outrage.

3 May 2019 - 10:50AM

‘Legacy places’, wealthy donations, pricey tutors and education consultants – the education systems in Hong Kong and elsewhere routinely favour the wealthy even without this most recent outrage.

The true heartbreak of the US college admissions scandal is it’s routine
Opinion | How can Hong Kong make up lost ground with Shenzhen? Start by treating women better

Hong Kong is deep in a rut so it’s no wonder the city is falling down many regional and international rankings. If it can’t even address its miserable record on women’s safety and opportunities, then it deserves to be forgotten.

11 Mar 2019 - 9:36AM

Hong Kong is deep in a rut so it’s no wonder the city is falling down many regional and international rankings. If it can’t even address its miserable record on women’s safety and opportunities, then it deserves to be forgotten.

How can Hong Kong make up lost ground with Shenzhen? Start by treating women better
Opinion | Paul Chan: Finally, Carrie Lam’s government has someone who will level with the public

Paul Chan successfully lowered public expectations for his most recent budget and, most unusually for this government, has showed the ability to apologise sincerely.

4 Mar 2019 - 6:12AM

Paul Chan successfully lowered public expectations for his most recent budget and, most unusually for this government, has showed the ability to apologise sincerely.

Paul Chan: Finally, Carrie Lam’s government has someone who will level with the public
Opinion | Calm down, the Greater Bay Area spells neither doom nor salvation for Hong Kong

Hongkongers would appreciate the government spelling out the plan to link cities in Pearl River Delta region in pragmatic terms instead of indulging in grandiose sloganeering. Meanwhile, the usual predictions of doom also ring hollow.

25 Feb 2019 - 9:47AM

Hongkongers would appreciate the government spelling out the plan to link cities in Pearl River Delta region in pragmatic terms instead of indulging in grandiose sloganeering. Meanwhile, the usual predictions of doom also ring hollow.

Calm down, the Greater Bay Area spells neither doom nor salvation for Hong Kong
Opinion | Hong Kong’s bizarre e-cigarettes ban will boost traditional tobacco products rather than reduce smoking

A ban on the sale (but not use) of e-cigarettes will only push young people to black markets, or perhaps to traditional tobacco products that may be even less healthy.

17 Feb 2019 - 5:27PM

A ban on the sale (but not use) of e-cigarettes will only push young people to black markets, or perhaps to traditional tobacco products that may be even less healthy.

Hong Kong’s bizarre e-cigarettes ban will boost traditional tobacco products rather than reduce smoking
Opinion | New year, fresh hope? Carrie Lam’s ‘new governance style’ is hardly auspicious for Hong Kong

There’s no need to read fortune sticks to know what looks really ominous for the city this year: Lam’s mishandling of various government proposals, from elderly welfare to toll adjustments, is dashing hope for change.

11 Feb 2019 - 8:48AM

There’s no need to read fortune sticks to know what looks really ominous for the city this year: Lam’s mishandling of various government proposals, from elderly welfare to toll adjustments, is dashing hope for change.

New year, fresh hope? Carrie Lam’s ‘new governance style’ is hardly auspicious for Hong Kong
Opinion | In the Year of the Pig, Carrie Lam must climb down from her high horse and put the people first

The government’s ‘we know best’ attitude to policymaking did it no favours in the Year of the Dog. The Lunar New Year should herald a more humble and consultative approach.

4 Feb 2019 - 10:07AM

The government’s ‘we know best’ attitude to policymaking did it no favours in the Year of the Dog. The Lunar New Year should herald a more humble and consultative approach.

In the Year of the Pig, Carrie Lam must climb down from her high horse and put the people first
Opinion | What Carrie Lam failed to tell her Davos audience about Hong Kong’s welfare system

While the chief executive stressed the importance of building an inclusive society, at the World Economic Forum, the government’s callous attitude to the poor and the elderly is evident in its recent handling of welfare payments.

27 Jan 2019 - 8:59PM

While the chief executive stressed the importance of building an inclusive society, at the World Economic Forum, the government’s callous attitude to the poor and the elderly is evident in its recent handling of welfare payments.

What Carrie Lam failed to tell her Davos audience about Hong Kong’s welfare system
Opinion | Carrie Lam’s welfare cuts should have taught pro-establishment legislators a lesson: no more rubber stamping

The chief executive once congratulated herself for improving relations with Legco, but her changes to elderly welfare payments have instead united rival legislators against her.

20 Jan 2019 - 8:25PM

The chief executive once congratulated herself for improving relations with Legco, but her changes to elderly welfare payments have instead united rival legislators against her.

Carrie Lam’s welfare cuts should have taught pro-establishment legislators a lesson: no more rubber stamping