Alvin Lum

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.
Alvin Lum
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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Disgraced Hong Kong official Patrick Ho compares himself to Huawei boss Sabrina Meng and claims he is first ‘sacrificial lamb’ in US-China trade war

Hong Kong’s disgraced former home affairs minister compares himself to Huawei boss Sabrina Meng and says charges against him were political, but prosecutors say he has shown no remorse and want him jailed for five years .

19 Mar 2019 - 9:52PM
Disgraced Hong Kong official Patrick Ho compares himself to Huawei boss Sabrina Meng and claims he is first ‘sacrificial lamb’ in US-China trade war

Hong Kong’s disgraced former home affairs minister compares himself to Huawei boss Sabrina Meng and says charges against him were political, but prosecutors say he has shown no remorse and want him jailed for five years .

Hong Kong government may soften stance on controversial extradition amendment but city leader Carrie Lam says it needs to be passed by summer

Secretary for justice will have the final say on whether there will be .

Beijing weighs in on Hong Kong extradition plan, urging doubters to respect the legal process, after Law Society calls for alternatives
  • China says concerns of Hongkongers and foreigners have been noted but urges respect for the legislative process.
16 Mar 2019 - 11:45PM
Beijing weighs in on Hong Kong extradition plan, urging doubters to respect the legal process, after Law Society calls for alternatives
  • China says concerns of Hongkongers and foreigners have been noted but urges respect for the legislative process.
White House invites pro-democracy politicians to explain situation in Hong Kong as officials scrutinising China prepare study on city’s separate trading status

Former No 2 official-turned-government critic Anson Chan and lawmakers Dennis Kwok and Charles Mok will embark on their 10-day trip next Tuesday.

15 Mar 2019 - 10:13AM
White House invites pro-democracy politicians to explain situation in Hong Kong as officials scrutinising China prepare study on city’s separate trading status

Former No 2 official-turned-government critic Anson Chan and lawmakers Dennis Kwok and Charles Mok will embark on their 10-day trip next Tuesday.

Washington points to Hong Kong National Party ban and disqualification of pro-democracy lawmakers as cause for concern in latest human rights report

State Department says incidents including disqualification of pro-democracy lawmakers are evidence of ‘substantial interference’ in city’s freedom.

14 Mar 2019 - 4:59PM
Washington points to Hong Kong National Party ban and disqualification of pro-democracy lawmakers as cause for concern in latest human rights report

State Department says incidents including disqualification of pro-democracy lawmakers are evidence of ‘substantial interference’ in city’s freedom.

Security chief John Lee defends Hong Kong’s fugitive extradition proposal, citing positive public feedback

John Lee says of 4,500 submissions, 3,000 support agreement that would allow fugitive transfers to Taiwan, Macau and mainland China.

16 Mar 2019 - 11:46PM
Security chief John Lee defends Hong Kong’s fugitive extradition proposal, citing positive public feedback

John Lee says of 4,500 submissions, 3,000 support agreement that would allow fugitive transfers to Taiwan, Macau and mainland China.

Patrick Ho’s friends and family beg US court for leniency as Africa bribery sentence looms

Defence asks for Ho’s release on 16 months’ time served and submits tearful letters in his support. Sentence to be handed down March 25.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:23PM
Patrick Ho’s friends and family beg US court for leniency as Africa bribery sentence looms

Defence asks for Ho’s release on 16 months’ time served and submits tearful letters in his support. Sentence to be handed down March 25.

Hong Kong’s justice department spends 70 per cent more on outside legal help for politics-related cases, with bill hitting HK$17 million in 2017-18

In all, the Department of Justice spent HK$300 million on ‘briefing out’ cases in the 2017-18 financial year.

13 Mar 2019 - 5:06AM
Hong Kong’s justice department spends 70 per cent more on outside legal help for politics-related cases, with bill hitting HK$17 million in 2017-18

In all, the Department of Justice spent HK$300 million on ‘briefing out’ cases in the 2017-18 financial year.

Hongkonger who worked for UN and died in Ethiopian Airlines crash remembered as ‘passionate, inspirational and global-minded’

Victor Tsang worked on gender equality for United Nations, and was married with a young son. He was one of 157 people who died on Sunday when a Boeing 737 crashed outside Addis Ababa.

12 Mar 2019 - 9:15AM
Hongkonger who worked for UN and died in Ethiopian Airlines crash remembered as ‘passionate, inspirational and global-minded’

Victor Tsang worked on gender equality for United Nations, and was married with a young son. He was one of 157 people who died on Sunday when a Boeing 737 crashed outside Addis Ababa.

Hongkonger who worked for UN and died in Ethiopian Airlines crash remembered as ‘passionate, inspirational, and global minded’

Victor Tsang worked on gender equality for United Nations, and was married with a young son. He was one of 157 people who died on Sunday when a Boeing 737 crashed outside Addis Ababa.

12 Mar 2019 - 9:50AM
Hongkonger who worked for UN and died in Ethiopian Airlines crash remembered as ‘passionate, inspirational, and global minded’

Victor Tsang worked on gender equality for United Nations, and was married with a young son. He was one of 157 people who died on Sunday when a Boeing 737 crashed outside Addis Ababa.

Outgoing ICAC investigation chief’s message: evidence is everything, and who you are won’t save you

After 35 years fighting crime, Ricky Chu is stepping down from the Independent Commission Against Corruption, and in his last interview he hints at why former chief executive Leung Chun-ying wasn’t charged.

11 Mar 2019 - 11:40AM
Outgoing ICAC investigation chief’s message: evidence is everything, and who you are won’t save you

After 35 years fighting crime, Ricky Chu is stepping down from the Independent Commission Against Corruption, and in his last interview he hints at why former chief executive Leung Chun-ying wasn’t charged.

Gender bias a problem in Hong Kong’s legal profession, justice minister Teresa Cheng says on International Women’s Day

Secretary for justice recounts her own experiences of discrimination and says the situation remains unsatisfactory.

8 Mar 2019 - 10:42PM
Gender bias a problem in Hong Kong’s legal profession, justice minister Teresa Cheng says on International Women’s Day

Secretary for justice recounts her own experiences of discrimination and says the situation remains unsatisfactory.

Ex-Hong Kong chief secretary Henry Tang and Exco member Jeffrey Lam join business sector in criticising extradition deal with mainland China

Secretary for Security John Lee continues to resist demands from the business community to leave 15 offences off the list of 46 covered by the proposal.

17 Mar 2019 - 12:12AM
Ex-Hong Kong chief secretary Henry Tang and Exco member Jeffrey Lam join business sector in criticising extradition deal with mainland China

Secretary for Security John Lee continues to resist demands from the business community to leave 15 offences off the list of 46 covered by the proposal.

Refugees appeal to Hong Kong government to end their ‘long wait’ and allow them to leave city

A group of them protested outside the government headquarters on Wednesday. One asylum seeker from Sri Lanka said her family had been stuck in limbo for eight years.

7 Mar 2019 - 1:26PM
Refugees appeal to Hong Kong government to end their ‘long wait’ and allow them to leave city

A group of them protested outside the government headquarters on Wednesday. One asylum seeker from Sri Lanka said her family had been stuck in limbo for eight years.

Journalists and lawyers slam law proposal that will mean sensitive documents remain under wraps forever in Hong Kong

Under a proposal by a Law Reform Commission subcommittee to regulate access to information, 12 categories including Executive Council papers will never be made available to the public.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:56PM
Journalists and lawyers slam law proposal that will mean sensitive documents remain under wraps forever in Hong Kong

Under a proposal by a Law Reform Commission subcommittee to regulate access to information, 12 categories including Executive Council papers will never be made available to the public.

Let Hong Kong courts judge overseas murder cases involving Hongkongers instead of extraditing on case-by-case basis, says Bar Association

The professional body says concerns over mainland China’s judicial system mean fugitives should not be handed over by Hong Kong. The Security Bureau has proposed one-off reciprocal transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions Hong Kong has no extradition treaty with, including the mainland.

17 Mar 2019 - 12:14AM
Let Hong Kong courts judge overseas murder cases involving Hongkongers instead of extraditing on case-by-case basis, says Bar Association

The professional body says concerns over mainland China’s judicial system mean fugitives should not be handed over by Hong Kong. The Security Bureau has proposed one-off reciprocal transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions Hong Kong has no extradition treaty with, including the mainland.

Hong Kong’s universities ‘not being transparent’ with management records by failing to properly archive documents

Experts say minutes of governing council meetings should be passed to archives run by professionals, with clear policies to ensure accountability.

4 Mar 2019 - 4:50PM
Hong Kong’s universities ‘not being transparent’ with management records by failing to properly archive documents

Experts say minutes of governing council meetings should be passed to archives run by professionals, with clear policies to ensure accountability.

Legal heavyweights in Hong Kong pay tribute to city’s first ethnically Chinese prosecutor Patrick Yu

Former chief justice remembers ‘one of the finest men I’ve ever known’.

2 Mar 2019 - 11:25PM
Legal heavyweights in Hong Kong pay tribute to city’s first ethnically Chinese prosecutor Patrick Yu

Former chief justice remembers ‘one of the finest men I’ve ever known’.

Religious studies give jailed former feng shui master Peter Chan different focus – but he is still trying to clear name over forged will of late billionaire Nina Wang

Chan, who has filed a civil lawsuit in mainland China, also says he has completed two distance learning courses from Baptist Theological Seminary since being jailed in 2013 and is now on his third one.

2 Mar 2019 - 11:25PM
Religious studies give jailed former feng shui master Peter Chan different focus – but he is still trying to clear name over forged will of late billionaire Nina Wang

Chan, who has filed a civil lawsuit in mainland China, also says he has completed two distance learning courses from Baptist Theological Seminary since being jailed in 2013 and is now on his third one.

Saudi sisters on the run from consular staff and family apply to stay longer in Hong Kong

Immigration Department acknowledges application for extension as Amnesty International urges local government not to return pair to their country of origin as they will be “in grave danger”.

1 Mar 2019 - 6:36PM
Saudi sisters on the run from consular staff and family apply to stay longer in Hong Kong

Immigration Department acknowledges application for extension as Amnesty International urges local government not to return pair to their country of origin as they will be “in grave danger”.

Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong remain hopeful as deadline approaches despite no response to their emergency asylum request in third country

With just one day to go before the asylum they were granted in December expires, the two sisters – now living in Hong Kong – still hope for the best. They fled their family while on holiday in September and say the Saudi consulate in the city tried to abduct them and put them on a flight to Riyadh.

28 Feb 2019 - 8:55PM
Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong remain hopeful as deadline approaches despite no response to their emergency asylum request in third country

With just one day to go before the asylum they were granted in December expires, the two sisters – now living in Hong Kong – still hope for the best. They fled their family while on holiday in September and say the Saudi consulate in the city tried to abduct them and put them on a flight to Riyadh.

Hong Kong’s top court grills city prosecutor over ‘one-size-fits-all’ law for smartphone crimes

Hearing is latest step in determining whether the Department of Justice can continue using a 1993 law to prosecute smartphone crimes – like upskirting.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:55PM
Hong Kong’s top court grills city prosecutor over ‘one-size-fits-all’ law for smartphone crimes

Hearing is latest step in determining whether the Department of Justice can continue using a 1993 law to prosecute smartphone crimes – like upskirting.

Beijing backs city government’s ban on Hong Kong National Party, leader Carrie Lam says

City leader Carrie Lam asked to file a report on administration’s decision.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:10AM
Beijing backs city government’s ban on Hong Kong National Party, leader Carrie Lam says

City leader Carrie Lam asked to file a report on administration’s decision.

Exempt suspected white-collar criminals from plan to start extraditing fugitives from Hong Kong to Taiwan and mainland China, says pro-Beijing legislator

Priscilla Leung suggests change of plan for new arrangement with Beijing and Taiwan, noting worries that activists or government critics could face surrender requests.

17 Mar 2019 - 12:22AM
Exempt suspected white-collar criminals from plan to start extraditing fugitives from Hong Kong to Taiwan and mainland China, says pro-Beijing legislator

Priscilla Leung suggests change of plan for new arrangement with Beijing and Taiwan, noting worries that activists or government critics could face surrender requests.

Hong Kong democrats to visit Shanghai and Hangzhou to ‘scout the competition’ around China

Pro-democracy lawmakers agree to join economic research trip to Yangtze River Delta in April, but say it does not mean any greater prospect of dialogue with Beijing on political reform.

22 Feb 2019 - 7:01AM
Hong Kong democrats to visit Shanghai and Hangzhou to ‘scout the competition’ around China

Pro-democracy lawmakers agree to join economic research trip to Yangtze River Delta in April, but say it does not mean any greater prospect of dialogue with Beijing on political reform.

Hong Kong National Party ban upheld by panel which says it doesn’t trust group not ‘to resort to violence’ in independence bid

Executive Committee trio rule against appeal by Andy Chan and Jason Chow, who could now take their fight to court.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:13PM
Hong Kong National Party ban upheld by panel which says it doesn’t trust group not ‘to resort to violence’ in independence bid

Executive Committee trio rule against appeal by Andy Chan and Jason Chow, who could now take their fight to court.

Legal scholar Michael Wilkinson, who taught many of Hong Kong’s lawyers, including its first chief justice, dies at 74

Leading HKU land law scholar was suffering from cancer, but insisted on teaching even after undergoing chemotherapy.

21 Feb 2019 - 10:12PM
Legal scholar Michael Wilkinson, who taught many of Hong Kong’s lawyers, including its first chief justice, dies at 74

Leading HKU land law scholar was suffering from cancer, but insisted on teaching even after undergoing chemotherapy.

Hong Kong legislators seek details from Carrie Lam on Beijing’s ‘Greater Bay Area’ plan

But Carrie Lam not forthcoming with the specifics, disappointing opposition members.

20 Feb 2019 - 11:01PM
Hong Kong legislators seek details from Carrie Lam on Beijing’s ‘Greater Bay Area’ plan

But Carrie Lam not forthcoming with the specifics, disappointing opposition members.

Hospital transfer service would be for Hongkongers only, Carrie Lam says in response to fears mainland Chinese users could overwhelm medical staff

Greater Bay Area plan calls for scheme to transport patients back to city from mainland China, but doctors and patients’ groups want clarity on who would be eligible.

20 Feb 2019 - 11:01PM
Hospital transfer service would be for Hongkongers only, Carrie Lam says in response to fears mainland Chinese users could overwhelm medical staff

Greater Bay Area plan calls for scheme to transport patients back to city from mainland China, but doctors and patients’ groups want clarity on who would be eligible.

Confidence in China’s judicial system damaged by secret trial of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, says Hong Kong Bar Association

Hong Kong Bar Association has ‘grave concerns’ about jailing of human rights activist Wang Quanzhang who was found guilty of subversion in closed hearing.

19 Feb 2019 - 9:12PM
Confidence in China’s judicial system damaged by secret trial of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, says Hong Kong Bar Association

Hong Kong Bar Association has ‘grave concerns’ about jailing of human rights activist Wang Quanzhang who was found guilty of subversion in closed hearing.

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