Alvin Lum

Hong Kong

Alvin Lum

Political journalist covering in Hong Kong politics, justice system and policy analysis.

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.

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Hong Kong protests: panel of international experts denied request to comment on interim report into police handling by Independent Police Complaints Council

Revelation comes day after five-member panel stands aside from ongoing probe, saying dialogue ‘has not led to any agreed process’.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:51PM

Revelation comes day after five-member panel stands aside from ongoing probe, saying dialogue ‘has not led to any agreed process’.

Hong Kong protests: panel of international experts denied request to comment on interim report into police handling  by Independent Police Complaints Council
Resignations from police watchdog’s protests review reveal system flaws but also give government an opportunity to back down on its stance, academics say

Quitting of overseas experts lays bare police watchdog’s deficiencies, but also gives the government an opportunity to back down on its stance, experts say.

11 Dec 2019 - 11:11PM

Quitting of overseas experts lays bare police watchdog’s deficiencies, but also gives the government an opportunity to back down on its stance, experts say.

Resignations from police watchdog’s protests review reveal system flaws but also give government an opportunity to back down on its stance, academics say
Overseas experts advising police watchdog on Hong Kong protests quit their jobs as disagreement over powers remains unresolved

Five-member panel to ‘stand aside’ after recommendations on police watchdog’s powers are rejected, and points to ‘crucial shortfall’ in independence of IPCC.

11 Dec 2019 - 11:30PM

Five-member panel to ‘stand aside’ after recommendations on police watchdog’s powers are rejected, and points to ‘crucial shortfall’ in independence of IPCC.

Overseas experts advising police watchdog on Hong Kong protests quit their jobs as disagreement over powers remains unresolved
Hong Kong mask ban lifted: court refuses government request to suspend earlier ruling that it was unconstitutional

But judges warn their decision ‘is not and should not be regarded as an encouragement for any person to cover their face’.

11 Dec 2019 - 1:22AM

But judges warn their decision ‘is not and should not be regarded as an encouragement for any person to cover their face’.

Hong Kong mask ban lifted: court refuses government request to suspend earlier ruling that it was unconstitutional
Heads of influential American business group in Hong Kong denied entry to Macau after opposition to extradition bill

Tara Joseph, president of the American Chamber of Commerce, and group’s chairman Robert Grieves held at border for two hours before being turned away.

11 Dec 2019 - 9:29AM

Tara Joseph, president of the American Chamber of Commerce, and group’s chairman Robert Grieves held at border for two hours before being turned away.

Heads of influential American business group in Hong Kong denied entry to Macau after opposition to extradition bill
Rebuke for overseas experts who called for changes at Hong Kong’s police watchdog

Police watchdog chief says the five-member panel lacked understanding of the situation in the city. The group had called for the body to get more powers to investigate the force.

11 Dec 2019 - 4:48PM

Police watchdog chief says the five-member panel lacked understanding of the situation in the city. The group had called for the body to get more powers to investigate the force.

Rebuke for overseas experts who called for changes at Hong Kong’s police watchdog
Far-right Ukrainian activists say they were ‘only in Hong Kong for protest tourism’ as concerns grow they could help authorities delegitimise movement

The four men posed in front of riot police, a burning railway station and at Polytechnic University, the scene of a 13-day siege in November. They also rode roller coasters and took videos of pandas at Ocean Park.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:01PM

The four men posed in front of riot police, a burning railway station and at Polytechnic University, the scene of a 13-day siege in November. They also rode roller coasters and took videos of pandas at Ocean Park.

Far-right Ukrainian activists say they were ‘only in Hong Kong for protest tourism’ as concerns grow they could help authorities delegitimise movement
Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng received weeks of treatment in Beijing after injuring her arm in London fall

Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng hurt her arm after being surrounded by about 30 protesters in British capital on November 14.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:46PM

Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng hurt her arm after being surrounded by about 30 protesters in British capital on November 14.

Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng received weeks of treatment in Beijing after injuring her arm in London fall
Hong Kong district council elections: pan-democrats pledge to broadcast meetings, scrap proxy votes and review costly projects

Minutes of meetings will show who said what, in a bid to improve accountability.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:32AM

Minutes of meetings will show who said what, in a bid to improve accountability.

Hong Kong district council elections: pan-democrats pledge to broadcast meetings, scrap proxy votes and review costly projects
Former chairman of Hong Kong’s biggest pro-establishment party says election humiliation was ‘not a bad thing’

Former DAB chairman Jasper Tsang says loss can serve as a reminder that members had to fight for voters’ support.

30 Nov 2019 - 11:38PM

Former DAB chairman Jasper Tsang says loss can serve as a reminder that members had to fight for voters’ support.

Former chairman of Hong Kong’s biggest pro-establishment party says election humiliation was ‘not a bad thing’
Beaten Hong Kong district council elections candidates to challenge results over claims of intimidation or voting irregularities

Claims of intimidation or voting irregularities said to involve more than 550 ballots in constituencies decided by close margins in Yuen Long and Shing Hong.

29 Nov 2019 - 9:50AM

Claims of intimidation or voting irregularities said to involve more than 550 ballots in constituencies decided by close margins in Yuen Long and Shing Hong.

Beaten Hong Kong district council elections candidates to challenge results over claims of intimidation or voting irregularities
From war zone to ‘prison’: voices from Polytechnic University siege, site of some of the worst violence amid Hong Kong’s protest crisis

Radicals and volunteers give their account of being part of the fierce clashes.

2 Dec 2019 - 4:25PM

Radicals and volunteers give their account of being part of the fierce clashes.

From war zone to ‘prison’: voices from Polytechnic University siege, site of some of the worst violence amid Hong Kong’s protest crisis
Hong Kong protests: demonstrators gather in Central to express gratitude to US for signing democracy act into law

Rally organiser compiles list of officials for submission to US, hoping Washington will impose sanctions on them for human rights violations.

29 Nov 2019 - 1:25AM

Rally organiser compiles list of officials for submission to US, hoping Washington will impose sanctions on them for human rights violations.

Hong Kong protests: demonstrators gather in Central to express gratitude to US for signing democracy act into law
Does Hong Kong’s government hold power over the legislative and judicial branches? Justice department’s court appeal on anti-mask law suggests so

Argument submitted by justice department to Court of Appeal suggests administration wields more power than commonly thought, with implications on judicial oversight and legislation.

29 Nov 2019 - 1:08AM

Argument submitted by justice department to Court of Appeal suggests administration wields more power than commonly thought, with implications on judicial oversight and legislation.

Does Hong Kong’s government hold power over the legislative and judicial branches? Justice department’s court appeal on anti-mask law suggests so
Pro-establishment allies of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lament to her that voters punished them at polls for government’s handling of protests

Chief executive says she has received no ‘instruction’ from central government, and will not address protesters’ five demands.

27 Nov 2019 - 2:41AM

Chief executive says she has received no ‘instruction’ from central government, and will not address protesters’ five demands.

Pro-establishment allies of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lament to her that voters punished them at polls for government’s handling of protests
Hong Kong elections: pan-democratic camp pledges to focus on residents’ needs, while keeping up pressure on government after district council wins

Newly elected councillors hope to help protest movement with jobs, aid for activists.

26 Nov 2019 - 4:18AM

Newly elected councillors hope to help protest movement with jobs, aid for activists.

Hong Kong elections: pan-democratic camp pledges to focus on residents’ needs, while keeping up pressure on government after district council wins
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy bloc vows to turn screw on government after district council poll wins

Leaders of major opposition parties call for high-level resignations, and for officials to engage with protest movement’s demands.

25 Nov 2019 - 5:19PM

Leaders of major opposition parties call for high-level resignations, and for officials to engage with protest movement’s demands.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy bloc vows to turn screw on government after district council poll wins
Top judge Geoffrey Ma reasserts Hong Kong’s judicial autonomy after Beijing criticism

Ma speaks publicly for first time since mainland official said power to interpret city’s mini-constitution rests solely with nation’s top legislative body, saying features of local legal system ‘guaranteed and spelled out in the clearest of terms in the Basic Law’.

25 Nov 2019 - 8:14PM

Ma speaks publicly for first time since mainland official said power to interpret city’s mini-constitution rests solely with nation’s top legislative body, saying features of local legal system ‘guaranteed and spelled out in the clearest of terms in the Basic Law’.

Top judge Geoffrey Ma reasserts Hong Kong’s judicial autonomy after Beijing criticism
Hong Kong district council polls: record turnout includes those who returned from overseas and immigrants voting for the first time

Immigrants voting for the first time add to record turnout at polling stations.

25 Nov 2019 - 12:12AM

Immigrants voting for the first time add to record turnout at polling stations.

Hong Kong district council polls: record turnout includes those who returned from overseas and immigrants voting for the first time
Hong Kong protests: man shot by police officer in Sai Wan Ho hits out at ‘ridiculous’ use of live round at such close range

Chow Pak-kwan, who was shot during citywide strike on November 11, says he has no regrets and feels blessed to have survived.

24 Nov 2019 - 9:57AM

Chow Pak-kwan, who was shot during citywide strike on November 11, says he has no regrets and feels blessed to have survived.

Hong Kong protests: man shot by police officer in Sai Wan Ho hits out at ‘ridiculous’ use of live round at such close range
People of Hong Kong awarded 2019 John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service – an honour that comes at delicate time in US-China relations

International recognition from the Halifax International Security Forum comes at delicate time in US-China relations – some see it as a challenge to Beijing.

23 Nov 2019 - 9:38PM

International recognition from the Halifax International Security Forum comes at delicate time in US-China relations – some see it as a challenge to Beijing.

People of Hong Kong awarded 2019 John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service – an honour that comes at delicate time in US-China relations
Hong Kong police can still ask people to remove face coverings despite court ruling that mask ban is unconstitutional, force says

Internal force circular says anyone who fails to remove a face covering can be charged with obstructing officers in exercising their duty and cites three existing laws that police can rely on to request the removal of a mask.

23 Nov 2019 - 3:42AM

Internal force circular says anyone who fails to remove a face covering can be charged with obstructing officers in exercising their duty and cites three existing laws that police can rely on to request the removal of a mask.

Hong Kong police can still ask people to remove face coverings despite court ruling that mask ban is unconstitutional, force says
Hong Kong courts have power to decide on constitutional matters, but Chinese national legislature has the final say, former judge says

Henry Litton was commenting on Beijing’s challenge to a local court ruling that found an anti-mask law and the use of emergency laws unconstitutional.

23 Nov 2019 - 4:06AM

Henry Litton was commenting on Beijing’s challenge to a local court ruling that found an anti-mask law and the use of emergency laws unconstitutional.

Hong Kong courts have power to decide on constitutional matters, but Chinese national legislature has the final say, former judge says
Hong Kong protests: second day of calm in city as low-key peaceful protests mark four months since Yuen Long MTR attack and call for an end to PolyU siege

About 300 gather in Central at lunchtime to support those still trapped in Polytechnic University, while several hundred join sit-in at Yoho mall in evening.

22 Nov 2019 - 2:31AM

About 300 gather in Central at lunchtime to support those still trapped in Polytechnic University, while several hundred join sit-in at Yoho mall in evening.

Hong Kong protests: second day of calm in city as low-key peaceful protests mark four months since Yuen Long MTR attack and call for an end to PolyU siege
More Hong Kong protesters leave Polytechnic University in surrender, dozens still barricaded inside besieged campus

About seven exit grounds of Polytechnic University seeking medical help as five-day siege continues, while city’s transport network returns to relative normality.

21 Nov 2019 - 3:44PM

About seven exit grounds of Polytechnic University seeking medical help as five-day siege continues, while city’s transport network returns to relative normality.

More Hong Kong protesters leave Polytechnic University in surrender, dozens still barricaded inside besieged campus
Hong Kong Department of Justice asks High Court to suspend ruling that anti-mask law is unconstitutional – as it scrambles to defend the legislation

Request comes ahead of an expected appeal by the Department of Justice to reinstate the now suspended anti-mask law, source tells the Post.

21 Nov 2019 - 12:09PM

Request comes ahead of an expected appeal by the Department of Justice to reinstate the now suspended anti-mask law, source tells the Post.

Hong Kong Department of Justice asks High Court to suspend ruling that anti-mask law is unconstitutional – as it scrambles to defend the legislation
Hong Kong protests: bitter stand-off inside Polytechnic University continues with as many as 100 activists still on campus, determined to evade capture

Final group of volunteer first aid workers leave university late on Tuesday night, while a few protesters make a break for it by climbing fence.

20 Nov 2019 - 2:44AM

Final group of volunteer first aid workers leave university late on Tuesday night, while a few protesters make a break for it by climbing fence.

Hong Kong protests: bitter stand-off inside Polytechnic University continues with as many as 100 activists still on campus, determined to evade capture
No redemption in sewers as desperate radicals search high and low for way to escape, with Hong Kong police closing in around them

Small number of protesters remain inside Polytechnic University as routes out of campus prove hard to find, and more than 1,000 have been arrested or have surrendered as sewers fail to provide an answer.

19 Nov 2019 - 10:10PM

Small number of protesters remain inside Polytechnic University as routes out of campus prove hard to find, and more than 1,000 have been arrested or have surrendered as sewers fail to provide an answer.

No redemption in sewers as desperate radicals search high and low for way to escape, with Hong Kong police closing in around them
Inside the occupied Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus

Scenes of ruined classrooms, damaged hallways and a flooded library emerged from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Campus building on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. 

20 Nov 2019 - 9:10AM

Scenes of ruined classrooms, damaged hallways and a flooded library emerged from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Campus building on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. 

Inside the occupied Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus
Hong Kong protests: parents searching for children among PolyU radical protesters get caught in police lockdown

Hundreds of radicals and supporters hold out overnight before surrendering on Tuesday.

19 Nov 2019 - 11:59PM

Hundreds of radicals and supporters hold out overnight before surrendering on Tuesday.

Hong Kong protests: parents searching for children among PolyU radical protesters get caught in police lockdown