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 government revamp: will more really mean better?

A major criticism of the government during the last two years has been over the lack of cohesion and cooperation between departments. Will adding new bureaus and deputies under a HK$95 million restructuring lead to better, more tangible results, or simply more silos and buck-passing?

A major criticism of the government during the last two years has been over the lack of cohesion and cooperation between departments. Will adding new bureaus and deputies under a HK$95 million restructuring lead to better, more tangible results, or simply more silos and buck-passing?

22 May 2022 - 4:30PM
Opinion | With a long pandemic recovery ahead, Hong Kong’s ‘new normal’ still feels anything but

After two years of Covid-19, the return to ‘normal’ is underwhelming: new cases are still emerging, borders remain closed, and businesses continue to struggle. While John Lee may be focused on uniting our city, there is much work to be done to reconnect – and catch up – with the rest of the world.

After two years of Covid-19, the return to ‘normal’ is underwhelming: new cases are still emerging, borders remain closed, and businesses continue to struggle. While John Lee may be focused on uniting our city, there is much work to be done to reconnect – and catch up – with the rest of the world.

16 May 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Use Hong Kong’s birth rate to measure ‘result-oriented’ John Lee’s success

The incoming chief executive has shown ambition in pledging to tackle Hong Kong’s lingering issues. His administration should also take a fresh look at the city’s birth rate as an indicator of social ills that need fixing.

The incoming chief executive has shown ambition in pledging to tackle Hong Kong’s lingering issues. His administration should also take a fresh look at the city’s birth rate as an indicator of social ills that need fixing.

9 May 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Admissions of past failings a good sign for Hong Kong’s future

Hong Kong’s failure to contain the pandemic revealed a government tied up in its own red tape, unable to make the right decisions and mobilise resources. Reforming governance will be a challenge for the next chief executive, and ‘result-oriented’ John Lee could perhaps start with the simple stuff.

Hong Kong’s failure to contain the pandemic revealed a government tied up in its own red tape, unable to make the right decisions and mobilise resources. Reforming governance will be a challenge for the next chief executive, and ‘result-oriented’ John Lee could perhaps start with the simple stuff.

2 May 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong is temporarily without a chief secretary – here’s why it matters

While Beijing holds off filling the spot vacated by John Lee, Carrie Lam has played down the delay by saying the government can manage. But the role of the city’s No 2 is important, with most former chief secretaries going on to become chief executive – could that be why Beijing is taking its time?

While Beijing holds off filling the spot vacated by John Lee, Carrie Lam has played down the delay by saying the government can manage. But the role of the city’s No 2 is important, with most former chief secretaries going on to become chief executive – could that be why Beijing is taking its time?

25 Apr 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Time for ‘result-oriented’ John Lee to start work on Hong Kong’s problems

Beijing has anointed John Lee as its chosen candidate, and all political and popular opposition has been swept aside. If he is serious about being result-oriented, he must leverage the united front behind his campaign so his team can hit the ground running once he takes office.

Beijing has anointed John Lee as its chosen candidate, and all political and popular opposition has been swept aside. If he is serious about being result-oriented, he must leverage the united front behind his campaign so his team can hit the ground running once he takes office.

18 Apr 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Chief executive election 2022: new sense of certainty means Hong Kong can finally get on with things

With John Lee the only candidate backed by Beijing, doors are opening for him and everything is falling into place quickly and seamlessly. Carrie Lam is also now free to concentrate on the vital task of reopening the city, a job she is well suited to.

With John Lee the only candidate backed by Beijing, doors are opening for him and everything is falling into place quickly and seamlessly. Carrie Lam is also now free to concentrate on the vital task of reopening the city, a job she is well suited to.

11 Apr 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | From Covid-19 school closures and late vaccinations to parental separation, Hong Kong has failed its children

Policymakers have consistently ignored children’s needs and rights, and put their health at risk. Offered vaccines late, kept out from playgrounds and schools, and forcibly separated from their carers, children have been treated as an afterthought.

Policymakers have consistently ignored children’s needs and rights, and put their health at risk. Offered vaccines late, kept out from playgrounds and schools, and forcibly separated from their carers, children have been treated as an afterthought.

4 Apr 2022 - 9:15AM
Opinion | In a sea of patriots, the Legislative Council’s new lawmakers struggle to stand out

With no meaningful opposition, Hong Kong’s new Legco members were always going to have a tough time carving out an identity. Now, faced with a paralysed administration, deep public mistrust, and an increasingly concerned Beijing, can they ever be more than talking heads on a Zoom screen?

With no meaningful opposition, Hong Kong’s new Legco members were always going to have a tough time carving out an identity. Now, faced with a paralysed administration, deep public mistrust, and an increasingly concerned Beijing, can they ever be more than talking heads on a Zoom screen?

28 Mar 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Never mind people’s ‘fading tolerance’, what about the lack of trust in government, Mrs Lam?

Confidence in the administration, already at a low when Covid-19 hit, has been further shaken by months of rising cases, tough restrictions and policy U-turns. Lam has finally recognised that public patience is ebbing, but in promising to help the city’s finance sector, she risks once again isolating the rest of us.

Confidence in the administration, already at a low when Covid-19 hit, has been further shaken by months of rising cases, tough restrictions and policy U-turns. Lam has finally recognised that public patience is ebbing, but in promising to help the city’s finance sector, she risks once again isolating the rest of us.

20 Mar 2022 - 1:30PM
Opinion | Has ‘Commander’ Carrie Lam finally got a grip on Hong Kong’s Covid-19 war?

While the chief executive has likened the city’s fifth wave to a war, it took sharp reminders from the central government for Hong Kong’s authorities to take decisive action.

While the chief executive has likened the city’s fifth wave to a war, it took sharp reminders from the central government for Hong Kong’s authorities to take decisive action.

14 Mar 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | In sparking panic buying and lockdown fear, Carrie Lam has again failed Xi’s remit

After intense weeks of food shortages, overwhelmed hospitals and home isolation chaos, to suggest a policy U-turn on lockdown is sure to cause panic. This gaslighting only erodes public confidence.

After intense weeks of food shortages, overwhelmed hospitals and home isolation chaos, to suggest a policy U-turn on lockdown is sure to cause panic. This gaslighting only erodes public confidence.

6 Mar 2022 - 1:30PM
Opinion | Forcing an early summer school break on our children is ruthless and reckless

After repeated school closures, the latest audacity to move a season without consultation or consideration feels like war has been declared not so much on Covid-19 as on our children and their future.

After repeated school closures, the latest audacity to move a season without consultation or consideration feels like war has been declared not so much on Covid-19 as on our children and their future.

27 Feb 2022 - 12:30PM
Opinion | Hong Kong had no plan for the coronavirus fifth wave and we’re paying now

What were Hong Kong’s leaders doing in the month before the Omicron onslaught that they must have known would come? They were caught up in how “partygate” could have brought the government into disrepute, instead of preparing the health care system to cope.

What were Hong Kong’s leaders doing in the month before the Omicron onslaught that they must have known would come? They were caught up in how “partygate” could have brought the government into disrepute, instead of preparing the health care system to cope.

21 Feb 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Carrie Lam’s tough love is hurting Hong Kong children, families and the elderly

The government’s flailing response to the fifth wave of the pandemic shows an administration that is out of its depth and out of touch with the suffering of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable, including children, the elderly and the unemployed.

The government’s flailing response to the fifth wave of the pandemic shows an administration that is out of its depth and out of touch with the suffering of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable, including children, the elderly and the unemployed.

15 Feb 2022 - 11:11AM
Opinion | ‘Dynamic zero infection’ strategy works on the mainland, but not in hands of Hong Kong officials

The strategy’s success depends on a capacity to effectively and quickly identify localised cases and cut off the transmission chain. But as the Kwai Chung cluster shows, lockdowns, large-scale testing and efficient track-and-trace are not our forte.

The strategy’s success depends on a capacity to effectively and quickly identify localised cases and cut off the transmission chain. But as the Kwai Chung cluster shows, lockdowns, large-scale testing and efficient track-and-trace are not our forte.

6 Feb 2022 - 2:30PM
Opinion | It’s hard to celebrate Lunar New Year from the fires of ‘zero Covid’ purgatory

Hong Kong has been forced to watch much of the world open up while it remains stuck between ‘zero Covid’ and living with the virus. It is hard to feel festive while families are separated and people fear for their jobs and health as the government scrambles for a response.

Hong Kong has been forced to watch much of the world open up while it remains stuck between ‘zero Covid’ and living with the virus. It is hard to feel festive while families are separated and people fear for their jobs and health as the government scrambles for a response.

31 Jan 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Covid-19 has evolved, so why hasn’t Hong Kong’s virus strategy?

The Omicron variant is running rings round Hong Kong’s quarantine system, and the city appears to have run out of ideas. Instead, once again, we are closing schools and hurting businesses and livelihoods.

The Omicron variant is running rings round Hong Kong’s quarantine system, and the city appears to have run out of ideas. Instead, once again, we are closing schools and hurting businesses and livelihoods.

24 Jan 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong children’s well-being and Covid-19 fifth wave need focus rather than politics

The public has no stomach for any big talk about government overhauls at a time when Covid-19 is spreading and our children are suffering. Rather than fretting over politics, let policymakers make Hong Kong children’s needs a priority.

The public has no stomach for any big talk about government overhauls at a time when Covid-19 is spreading and our children are suffering. Rather than fretting over politics, let policymakers make Hong Kong children’s needs a priority.

17 Jan 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Officials and lawmakers in Penny’s Bay quarantine are getting a taste of their own medicine

Hopefully, by the end of their 21 days, the officials and lawmakers will begin to understand the public anger at tighter Covid-19 measures. The revelations are welcome – it shows that the privileged and powerful are not always entitled to special treatment.

Hopefully, by the end of their 21 days, the officials and lawmakers will begin to understand the public anger at tighter Covid-19 measures. The revelations are welcome – it shows that the privileged and powerful are not always entitled to special treatment.

10 Jan 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | In 2022, Hong Kong must fight pandemic-induced resignation with a dose of childlike wonder

Two years of grappling with Covid-19, in addition to Hong Kong’s perennial problems such as housing unaffordability, have left many feeling jaded. We must all strive to see the world from fresh perspectives. This is an attitude the government could adopt too.

Two years of grappling with Covid-19, in addition to Hong Kong’s perennial problems such as housing unaffordability, have left many feeling jaded. We must all strive to see the world from fresh perspectives. This is an attitude the government could adopt too.

3 Jan 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | To stay in Beijing’s good books, Carrie Lam must get to grips with Hong Kong’s housing crisis

A reception in Zhongnanhai and words of praise from the country’s top leaders won’t get Lam very far if her administration does not begin to solve the city’s long-time livelihood and housing problems.

A reception in Zhongnanhai and words of praise from the country’s top leaders won’t get Lam very far if her administration does not begin to solve the city’s long-time livelihood and housing problems.

27 Dec 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | In the new and improved Legislative Council, Election Committee members’ politics will be crucial

After an election that saw the absence of the traditional opposition and an infusion of new faces, all eyes should be on the 40 lawmakers elected under the Election Committee constituency.

After an election that saw the absence of the traditional opposition and an infusion of new faces, all eyes should be on the 40 lawmakers elected under the Election Committee constituency.

20 Dec 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam should take Legco election voter turnout seriously

Lam claims that a low voter turnout in the coming Legislative Council election could indicate high public satisfaction, but her low approval rating and the rise in number of people without adequate housing suggest otherwise.

Lam claims that a low voter turnout in the coming Legislative Council election could indicate high public satisfaction, but her low approval rating and the rise in number of people without adequate housing suggest otherwise.

13 Dec 2021 - 3:30AM
Opinion | As Omicron dashes Christmas plans again, here’s how we can still give meaning to the festive season

Covid-19 has upended travel plans and traditions, added to fears and reminded us of how, after so many health crises, we are still failing to protect the vulnerable. This Christmas, make looking to how we can help those in need, volunteering and donating to charities a tradition.

Covid-19 has upended travel plans and traditions, added to fears and reminded us of how, after so many health crises, we are still failing to protect the vulnerable. This Christmas, make looking to how we can help those in need, volunteering and donating to charities a tradition.

5 Dec 2021 - 1:30PM
Opinion | People’s disconnection from Legco election could spell trouble for Beijing, Hong Kong officials

Record low levels of voter enthusiasm should worry the Hong Kong and central governments, even if they won’t be fretting over the election results. The impression that it is a game for a small circle of elites is being cemented with the absence of public engagement.

Record low levels of voter enthusiasm should worry the Hong Kong and central governments, even if they won’t be fretting over the election results. The impression that it is a game for a small circle of elites is being cemented with the absence of public engagement.

1 Dec 2021 - 2:20PM
Opinion | Xi-Biden virtual summit is a course correction the world needs

While more work must be done to put relations back on the right path, the conciliatory tone struck at the summit is an achievement in itself.

While more work must be done to put relations back on the right path, the conciliatory tone struck at the summit is an achievement in itself.

22 Nov 2021 - 1:30AM
Opinion | Who’s standing for Legco? Too few women, too many old boys

With moderate old-timers on the comeback trail, awkward contests indicative of the stronghold of the old boys’ club and a dismal lack of women candidates, Beijing should read this as making a strong case for greater diversity.

With moderate old-timers on the comeback trail, awkward contests indicative of the stronghold of the old boys’ club and a dismal lack of women candidates, Beijing should read this as making a strong case for greater diversity.

1 Dec 2021 - 2:20PM
Opinion | As Hong Kong prepares for Legco polls, a lesson from the lead-in-water scandal

While efforts to ensure competition in the upcoming election are welcome, a truly improved system would give lawmakers the political room to do the sort of work that exposed excessive levels of lead in water at a public estate in 2015.

While efforts to ensure competition in the upcoming election are welcome, a truly improved system would give lawmakers the political room to do the sort of work that exposed excessive levels of lead in water at a public estate in 2015.

1 Dec 2021 - 2:20PM
Opinion | Why Legco’s new-found ‘efficiency’ comes at a high price

Pro-establishment lawmakers and the government are celebrating a new, more productive era as the legislative session draws to a close. Claims of greater efficiency mean little, though, when the sources of discontent and distrust are as entrenched as ever.

Pro-establishment lawmakers and the government are celebrating a new, more productive era as the legislative session draws to a close. Claims of greater efficiency mean little, though, when the sources of discontent and distrust are as entrenched as ever.

1 Dec 2021 - 2:20PM