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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Questions over credibility of Hong Kong Police Force as security chief says riot squad uniforms have no room for officers’ identity numbers

Special Tactical Squad members accused of police brutality did not have their identifying numbers displayed on their uniforms, but at the same time, hundreds of frontline officers complained of bullying and a public hate campaign, including posting of personal data online.

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Special Tactical Squad members accused of police brutality did not have their identifying numbers displayed on their uniforms, but at the same time, hundreds of frontline officers complained of bullying and a public hate campaign, including posting of personal data online.

Questions over credibility of Hong Kong Police Force as security chief says riot squad uniforms have no room for officers’ identity numbers
Hospital Authority vows to revive public trust as stories emerge of protesters arrested after personal details leaked by city-run facilities

Leung Pak-yin, chief executive of the Hospital Authority, hits back at critics by announcing a new task force to boost data security.

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Leung Pak-yin, chief executive of the Hospital Authority, hits back at critics by announcing a new task force to boost data security.

Hospital Authority vows to revive public trust as stories emerge of protesters arrested after personal details leaked by city-run facilities
Don’t blame police for clashes, Hong Kong’s security chief says, while apologising for rifts caused by government’s handling of extradition bill

John Lee grilled by pro-democracy lawmakers on Wednesday, angered by police actions during last week’s clashes outside Legco.

19 Jun 2019 - 5:10PM

John Lee grilled by pro-democracy lawmakers on Wednesday, angered by police actions during last week’s clashes outside Legco.

Don’t blame police for clashes, Hong Kong’s security chief says, while apologising for rifts caused by government’s handling of extradition bill
When is a riot not a riot? Carrie Lam’s latest attempt to pacify Hong Kong public does little to clear muddy waters

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s insistence that government has never described protesters as rioters raises more questions, while legal experts say people caught up in violent clashes could be charged just for being there.

18 Jun 2019 - 11:51PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s insistence that government has never described protesters as rioters raises more questions, while legal experts say people caught up in violent clashes could be charged just for being there.

When is a riot not a riot? Carrie Lam’s latest attempt to pacify Hong Kong public does little to clear muddy waters
Suspend versus withdraw: How is the passage of Hong Kong extradition bill different from aborted Article 23 legislation in 2003?

Both pieces of legislation aroused massive opposition from the public but the extradition law amendments are technically far from dead.

16 Jun 2019 - 1:19AM

Both pieces of legislation aroused massive opposition from the public but the extradition law amendments are technically far from dead.

Suspend versus withdraw: How is the passage of Hong Kong extradition bill different from aborted Article 23 legislation in 2003?
Extradition bill debate postponed for third time after Hong Kong protests

Legislative Council president makes announcement in circular sent to lawmakers, as city slowly gets back to normal and counts cost of clashes between protesters and police.

14 Jun 2019 - 8:13AM

Legislative Council president makes announcement in circular sent to lawmakers, as city slowly gets back to normal and counts cost of clashes between protesters and police.

Extradition bill debate postponed for third time after Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong extradition bill should be dropped because of ‘serious risk of human rights violations’ in mainland China, say foreign lawyers

British QC leads profession’s overseas calls for city to abandon fugitive proposals as he accuses officials of wrongly citing UK system to justify changes

13 Jun 2019 - 12:35PM

British QC leads profession’s overseas calls for city to abandon fugitive proposals as he accuses officials of wrongly citing UK system to justify changes

Hong Kong extradition bill should be dropped because of ‘serious risk of human rights violations’ in mainland China, say foreign lawyers
Hundreds gather near Hong Kong Legco a day before second reading of extradition bill, as tensions with police rise

Tensions running high at nearby Admiralty station where officers are searching the bags of individuals, with some accusing police of abusing their power.

12 Jun 2019 - 3:44AM

Tensions running high at nearby Admiralty station where officers are searching the bags of individuals, with some accusing police of abusing their power.

Hundreds gather near Hong Kong Legco a day before second reading of extradition bill, as tensions with police rise
Hong Kong’s extradition furore ‘a real challenge’ but no crisis, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung insists

Matthew Cheung says government has not communicated its aims well enough, but adds that worries about legal amendments – which brought hundreds of thousands out in protest – will dissipate once they are implemented.

12 Jun 2019 - 12:04AM

Matthew Cheung says government has not communicated its aims well enough, but adds that worries about legal amendments – which brought hundreds of thousands out in protest – will dissipate once they are implemented.

Hong Kong’s extradition furore ‘a real challenge’ but no crisis, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung insists
Armed radicals or indecisive and leaderless – who are the protesters who clashed violently with police after Hong Kong extradition bill march?

Communicating via an encrypted chat group, the masked youth who battled police had only a vague plan of action and often contradicted themselves. But to police they were prepared and organised radicals.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:10AM

Communicating via an encrypted chat group, the masked youth who battled police had only a vague plan of action and often contradicted themselves. But to police they were prepared and organised radicals.

Armed radicals or indecisive and leaderless – who are the protesters who clashed violently with police after Hong Kong extradition bill march?
Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent

Officers and protesters suffered injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police used batons and pepper spray to beat back a mob of masked demonstrators trying to storm the Legislative Council building.

10 Jun 2019 - 5:55PM

Officers and protesters suffered injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police used batons and pepper spray to beat back a mob of masked demonstrators trying to storm the Legislative Council building.

Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent
Human sea of white washes through Hong Kong as masses register anger over extradition bill

They came, young and old and from all walks of lives, to say no to the government’s proposed law amendments.

10 Jun 2019 - 6:08PM

They came, young and old and from all walks of lives, to say no to the government’s proposed law amendments.

Human sea of white washes through Hong Kong as masses register anger over extradition bill
High Court judge gets warning from Hong Kong’s chief justice after name appears on petition against extradition bill

Veteran judge’s name appears on petition launched by fellow alumni. Judiciary confirms a judge was ‘advised to refrain from doing so in the future’.

8 Jun 2019 - 11:23PM

Veteran judge’s name appears on petition launched by fellow alumni. Judiciary confirms a judge was ‘advised to refrain from doing so in the future’.

High Court judge gets warning from Hong Kong’s chief justice after name appears on petition against extradition bill
Hong Kong extradition bill: both sides make final appeals ahead of mass rally that pan-democrats hope will draw 500,000

Hong Kong’s former chief secretary Anson Chan makes last-minute appeal for support as activists warn against ‘death’ of city’s autonomous status.

9 Jun 2019 - 1:38PM

Hong Kong’s former chief secretary Anson Chan makes last-minute appeal for support as activists warn against ‘death’ of city’s autonomous status.

Hong Kong extradition bill: both sides make final appeals ahead of mass rally that pan-democrats hope will draw 500,000
‘Record 3,000’ Hong Kong lawyers in silent march against controversial extradition bill

Sector speaks out for the first time against a government proposal not directly involving judicial proceedings or a Beijing interpretation.

7 Jun 2019 - 1:38PM

Sector speaks out for the first time against a government proposal not directly involving judicial proceedings or a Beijing interpretation.

‘Record 3,000’ Hong Kong lawyers in silent march against controversial extradition bill
Opposition lawmakers forced out of Hong Kong’s legislative chamber after occupying it for six hours ahead of protest against controversial extradition bill

Legco Commission ruled they had breached the regulations on the use of conference rooms and took action.

7 Jun 2019 - 3:18PM

Legco Commission ruled they had breached the regulations on the use of conference rooms and took action.

Opposition lawmakers forced out of Hong Kong’s legislative chamber after occupying it for six hours ahead of protest against controversial extradition bill
Prosecutors in mainland China can reopen criminal cases years later and seek fugitive transfers, Hong Kong security chief John Lee admits

But Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu downplays the concerns of businesspeople that they may be transferred for some offences they inadvertently committed years ago, saying the intention of the bill is to crack down on serious crimes.

6 Jun 2019 - 2:26PM

But Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu downplays the concerns of businesspeople that they may be transferred for some offences they inadvertently committed years ago, saying the intention of the bill is to crack down on serious crimes.

Prosecutors in mainland China can reopen criminal cases years later and seek fugitive transfers, Hong Kong security chief John Lee admits
Hong Kong extradition bill: no hidden political agenda behind proposal, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung insists

Hong Kong’s chief secretary doubles down on government claim that primary aim is to ensure murder suspect can be sent to Taiwan, as former prosecutors says human rights safeguards should be written in.

1 Jun 2019 - 11:36PM

Hong Kong’s chief secretary doubles down on government claim that primary aim is to ensure murder suspect can be sent to Taiwan, as former prosecutors says human rights safeguards should be written in.

Hong Kong extradition bill: no hidden political agenda behind proposal, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung insists
Hong Kong extradition bill will not have safeguards and fair trial guarantee built in

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng and Secretary for Security John Lee claim approach will give government greater flexibility in dealing with different jurisdictions as they admit other safeguards will also be left out.

3 Jun 2019 - 5:30PM

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng and Secretary for Security John Lee claim approach will give government greater flexibility in dealing with different jurisdictions as they admit other safeguards will also be left out.

Hong Kong extradition bill will not have safeguards and fair trial guarantee built in
Hong Kong extradition bill: security chief announces safeguards to win support of major business groups and political allies

John Lee says safeguards will limit scope of extraditable crimes, protect human rights and ensure fair treatment of fugitives being handed over.

31 May 2019 - 10:52AM

John Lee says safeguards will limit scope of extraditable crimes, protect human rights and ensure fair treatment of fugitives being handed over.

Hong Kong extradition bill: security chief announces safeguards to win support of major business groups and political allies
Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng caught up in controversy for not declaring husband’s luxury Mid-Levels properties

The opposition camp has accused Teresa Cheng of double standards as she had declared another house solely owned by her husband Otto Poon.

30 May 2019 - 11:28PM

The opposition camp has accused Teresa Cheng of double standards as she had declared another house solely owned by her husband Otto Poon.

Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng caught up in controversy for not declaring husband’s luxury Mid-Levels properties
Hong Kong extradition bill: lawyers announce rare silent protest as city’s leader Carrie Lam survives no confidence vote

City’s legal profession announces rare silent protest of legislation they say puts judiciary in difficult position, as chief executive emerges unscathed despite being criticised by all sides.

3 Jun 2019 - 5:44PM

City’s legal profession announces rare silent protest of legislation they say puts judiciary in difficult position, as chief executive emerges unscathed despite being criticised by all sides.

Hong Kong extradition bill: lawyers announce rare silent protest as city’s leader Carrie Lam survives no confidence vote
Fugitive tycoon Joseph Lau withdraws legal challenge against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill

Billionaire hiding in Hong Kong to avoid jail term in Macau wrote to High Court and secretary for justice to withdraw his judicial review application.

3 Jun 2019 - 5:50PM

Billionaire hiding in Hong Kong to avoid jail term in Macau wrote to High Court and secretary for justice to withdraw his judicial review application.

Fugitive tycoon Joseph Lau withdraws legal challenge against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill
Former Executive Council member Anna Wu urges Hong Kong government to slow down on fugitive bill and implement one-time deal with Taiwan on Chan Tong-kai murder case

Anna Wu says: ‘Some of the problems are fixable and we do need a calm and rational atmosphere to debate this.’

26 May 2019 - 9:56PM

Anna Wu says: ‘Some of the problems are fixable and we do need a calm and rational atmosphere to debate this.’

Former Executive Council member Anna Wu urges Hong Kong government to slow down on fugitive bill and implement one-time deal with Taiwan on Chan Tong-kai murder case
Beijing urges Germany to respect Hong Kong’s rule of law in asylum dispute over Mong Kok riot fugitives Ray Wong and Alan Li

Foreign affairs office lodges solemn representation with city’s top German diplomat, urges Berlin to respect Hong Kong’s rule of law.

26 May 2019 - 12:05AM

Foreign affairs office lodges solemn representation with city’s top German diplomat, urges Berlin to respect Hong Kong’s rule of law.

Beijing urges Germany to respect Hong Kong’s rule of law in asylum dispute over Mong Kok riot fugitives Ray Wong and Alan Li
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam hits back at EU officials who protested against controversial extradition bill, saying they did not pinpoint concerns

Chief executive says rare move by consulates is not entirely unheard of, but they merely stated their stance and could not pinpoint concerns.

25 May 2019 - 11:32PM

Chief executive says rare move by consulates is not entirely unheard of, but they merely stated their stance and could not pinpoint concerns.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam hits back at EU officials who protested against controversial extradition bill, saying they did not pinpoint concerns
Hong Kong justice minister Teresa Cheng denies wrongdoing over arbitration cases from her private practice

Secretary for justice was accused in media report of not declaring assignments when she took government post.

24 May 2019 - 11:12PM

Secretary for justice was accused in media report of not declaring assignments when she took government post.

Hong Kong justice minister Teresa Cheng denies wrongdoing over arbitration cases from her private practice
11 EU representatives meet Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to protest against controversial extradition bill as government gathers 100 officials to build united front

Sources say they asked the chief executive to add safeguards so the judiciary will take international human right standards into account in vetting fugitive transfer requests.

24 May 2019 - 11:36PM

Sources say they asked the chief executive to add safeguards so the judiciary will take international human right standards into account in vetting fugitive transfer requests.

11 EU representatives meet Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to protest against controversial extradition bill as government gathers 100 officials to build united front
Hong Kong extradition law: Beijing-friendly legal heavyweight Albert Chen breaks silence to call for extra safeguards on contentious proposal

Government should still explore improvements to a current proposal, such as empowering local courts to hand over fugitives only to jurisdictions that could provide fair trials, the Beijing-friendly legal heavyweight said.

24 May 2019 - 9:00PM

Government should still explore improvements to a current proposal, such as empowering local courts to hand over fugitives only to jurisdictions that could provide fair trials, the Beijing-friendly legal heavyweight said.

Hong Kong extradition law: Beijing-friendly legal heavyweight Albert Chen breaks silence to call for extra safeguards on contentious proposal
Jail terms for abusing Chinese national anthem too long, say Hong Kong solicitors

A proposed new law would outlaw any public and deliberate insult of March of the Volunteers. The Law Society says the planned punishments, and the time allowed for investigation, are too long.

23 May 2019 - 10:23PM

A proposed new law would outlaw any public and deliberate insult of March of the Volunteers. The Law Society says the planned punishments, and the time allowed for investigation, are too long.

Jail terms for abusing Chinese national anthem too long, say Hong Kong solicitors