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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Don’t hold up extradition bill any longer, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and former Legco president Jasper Tsang urge opposition lawmakers

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and former Legco president Jasper Tsang both call on lawmakers to stop stalling so Bills Committee can formally scrutinise the government’s proposal to allow the transfer of fugitives.

21 Apr 2019 - 12:35AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and former Legco president Jasper Tsang both call on lawmakers to stop stalling so Bills Committee can formally scrutinise the government’s proposal to allow the transfer of fugitives.

Don’t hold up extradition bill any longer, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and former Legco president Jasper Tsang urge opposition lawmakers
Hong Kong’s pro-establishment camp considers change of tactics in bid to regain control of legislative process for controversial extradition bill

Some pro-establishment lawmakers are considering next move after filibustering by the pro-democracy camp stalled election of a chairman for a committee scrutinising extradition bill.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:34PM

Some pro-establishment lawmakers are considering next move after filibustering by the pro-democracy camp stalled election of a chairman for a committee scrutinising extradition bill.

Hong Kong’s pro-establishment camp considers change of tactics in bid to regain control of legislative process for controversial extradition bill
Hong Kong’s fugitive law could put press freedom at new low, says Reporters Without Borders

Plan to allow extradition to mainland China threatens to send ranking to all-time worst, media watchdog warns.

18 Apr 2019 - 10:59PM

Plan to allow extradition to mainland China threatens to send ranking to all-time worst, media watchdog warns.

Hong Kong’s fugitive law could put press freedom at new low, says Reporters Without Borders
Crackdown on Hong Kong independence will continue, city’s leader Carrie Lam vows in report to Beijing on banning of separatist party

The 12-page document was the result of an unprecedented state letter issued weeks ago requesting a report from the chief executive on the outlawing of the Hong Kong National Party last year.

18 Apr 2019 - 11:29PM

The 12-page document was the result of an unprecedented state letter issued weeks ago requesting a report from the chief executive on the outlawing of the Hong Kong National Party last year.

Crackdown on Hong Kong independence will continue, city’s leader Carrie Lam vows in report to Beijing on banning of separatist party
Hong Kong extradition bill hits a stumbling block at Legco as first meeting of committee scrutinising it fails to elect a chairman

Pro-establishment lawmakers accused Democratic Party’s James To, who was presiding over the meeting until a chairman was elected, of filibustering

17 Apr 2019 - 11:24PM

Pro-establishment lawmakers accused Democratic Party’s James To, who was presiding over the meeting until a chairman was elected, of filibustering

Hong Kong extradition bill hits a stumbling block at Legco as first meeting of committee scrutinising it fails to elect a chairman
How Hong Kong plans to take arbitration online with new eBRAM project

New HK$150 million platform could launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, and is backed by the city’s top two law bodies. It aims to cut down on the expenses and travel involved in face-to-face negotiation.

8 Apr 2019 - 8:14AM

New HK$150 million platform could launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, and is backed by the city’s top two law bodies. It aims to cut down on the expenses and travel involved in face-to-face negotiation.

How Hong Kong plans to take arbitration online with new eBRAM project
Hong Kong’s top court rules against use of ‘one-size-fits-all’ charge for smartphone crimes

Landmark decision could force government to amend existing laws used to punish those who take upskirt photos and videos.

4 Apr 2019 - 11:20PM

Landmark decision could force government to amend existing laws used to punish those who take upskirt photos and videos.

Hong Kong’s top court rules against use of ‘one-size-fits-all’ charge for smartphone crimes
Hong Kong Bar Association calls government’s extradition proposal a ‘step backward’, while extradition lawyer says it does not offer sufficient protections

The barristers’ body says the list of exemptions offered to placate the business sector will leave existing extradition agreements weaker than they currently are.

4 Apr 2019 - 4:37PM

The barristers’ body says the list of exemptions offered to placate the business sector will leave existing extradition agreements weaker than they currently are.

Hong Kong Bar Association calls government’s extradition proposal a ‘step backward’, while extradition lawyer says it does not offer sufficient protections
Thousands take to Hong Kong streets against proposal to extradite suspects to mainland China

Organisers say 12,000 took part in the rally against plan to send fugitives across the border.

1 Apr 2019 - 3:50PM

Organisers say 12,000 took part in the rally against plan to send fugitives across the border.

Thousands take to Hong Kong streets against proposal to extradite suspects to mainland China
‘You should all learn from her’: Beijing tells Hong Kong’s top officials they should be more like ‘role model’ Carrie Lam

Wang Zhimin hails city’s chief executive in meeting with 200 senior government officials, as director of liaison office cites President Xi Jinping’s praise for courageous Lam.

29 Mar 2019 - 10:42PM

Wang Zhimin hails city’s chief executive in meeting with 200 senior government officials, as director of liaison office cites President Xi Jinping’s praise for courageous Lam.

‘You should all learn from her’: Beijing tells Hong Kong’s top officials they should be more like ‘role model’ Carrie Lam
AmCham still has concerns about Hong Kong’s extradition agreement with mainland China, despite efforts to water it down

Chamber urges government to consider alternative and ‘more narrowly tailored means’ to address any urgent extradition-related issues

29 Mar 2019 - 10:09PM

Chamber urges government to consider alternative and ‘more narrowly tailored means’ to address any urgent extradition-related issues

AmCham still has concerns about Hong Kong’s extradition agreement with mainland China, despite efforts to water it down
Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho appeals against US conviction in multimillion-dollar bribery case

Ex-home affairs chief will be allowed to serve another six months at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre to prepare for his appeal, before moving to an out-of-town prison.

29 Mar 2019 - 1:09AM

Ex-home affairs chief will be allowed to serve another six months at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre to prepare for his appeal, before moving to an out-of-town prison.

Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho appeals against US conviction in multimillion-dollar bribery case
Lawmakers threaten to block controversial extradition bill as Hong Kong government struggles to win business support for watered-down plan

Pro-democracy camp raises spectre of filibuster during debates on national anthem or annual appropriation bill, but government is still struggling to convince business community to back its watered-down plan.

27 Mar 2019 - 11:09PM

Pro-democracy camp raises spectre of filibuster during debates on national anthem or annual appropriation bill, but government is still struggling to convince business community to back its watered-down plan.

Lawmakers threaten to block controversial extradition bill as Hong Kong government struggles to win business support for watered-down plan
Hong Kong set to change measles vaccine policy so children get second injection at earlier age amid rise in infections

From next year, children aged 18 months will receive the second jab instead of having to wait until they are six years old under the existing policy.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:01AM

From next year, children aged 18 months will receive the second jab instead of having to wait until they are six years old under the existing policy.

Hong Kong set to change measles vaccine policy so children get second injection at earlier age amid rise in infections
Hong Kong-mainland China extradition plan to be watered down by exempting 9 economic crimes, under intense pressure from business community

Hong Kong officials back down on contentious proposal to send suspects across the border after business chambers voice concern.

26 Mar 2019 - 11:29PM

Hong Kong officials back down on contentious proposal to send suspects across the border after business chambers voice concern.

Hong Kong-mainland China extradition plan to be watered down by exempting 9 economic crimes, under intense pressure from business community
After tearful apology, ex-Hong Kong official Patrick Ho gets ‘truly merciful’ 3-year sentence in US bribery and money laundering case

Ho was given credit for time already served so will spend an additional 20 months behind bars, and must pay a US$400,000 fine.

26 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Ho was given credit for time already served so will spend an additional 20 months behind bars, and must pay a US$400,000 fine.

After tearful apology, ex-Hong Kong official Patrick Ho gets ‘truly merciful’ 3-year sentence in US bribery and money laundering case
Hong Kong’s plan to allow extraditions to mainland China and Taiwan likely to be uneven, scholars say

Government wants to amend law to start case-by-case handovers of fugitives to any jurisdiction with which the city lacks a deal. But scholars say roadblocks in other places could make it one-sided.

25 Mar 2019 - 1:18PM

Government wants to amend law to start case-by-case handovers of fugitives to any jurisdiction with which the city lacks a deal. But scholars say roadblocks in other places could make it one-sided.

Hong Kong’s plan to allow extraditions to mainland China and Taiwan likely to be uneven, scholars say
‘Selling out my people? I’m only here to sell fruits’: Beijing-friendly Taiwanese mayor Han Kuo-yu fires back at critics over rare visit

Rising star in opposition party doubles down on stance about trade promotion amid calls back home to clarify intent of trip. He slams ‘noise and scepticism’ as ‘boring and pointless’, saying dinner meeting with liaison office in city did not touch on Taiwan’s future.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:29PM

Rising star in opposition party doubles down on stance about trade promotion amid calls back home to clarify intent of trip. He slams ‘noise and scepticism’ as ‘boring and pointless’, saying dinner meeting with liaison office in city did not touch on Taiwan’s future.

‘Selling out my people? I’m only here to sell fruits’: Beijing-friendly Taiwanese mayor Han Kuo-yu fires back at critics over rare visit
Hong Kong’s former No 2 Anson Chan meets Mike Pence in Washington as US report criticises Beijing ‘intervention’ in city’s affairs

Charles Mok, Dennis Kwok and Chan were in Washington at the invitation of the Trump administration. A State Department report found that the ‘tempo of mainland intervention in Hong Kong affairs’ had increased.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:29PM

Charles Mok, Dennis Kwok and Chan were in Washington at the invitation of the Trump administration. A State Department report found that the ‘tempo of mainland intervention in Hong Kong affairs’ had increased.

Hong Kong’s former No 2 Anson Chan meets Mike Pence in Washington as US report criticises Beijing ‘intervention’ in city’s affairs
US voices concern over Beijing’s ‘increased intervention’ in Hong Kong, but will maintain special trading status

Washington points to ‘diminished’ autonomy in decision outlined in 2019 Hong Kong Policy Act Report.

22 Mar 2019 - 11:04PM

Washington points to ‘diminished’ autonomy in decision outlined in 2019 Hong Kong Policy Act Report.

US voices concern over Beijing’s ‘increased intervention’ in Hong Kong, but will maintain special trading status
Carrie Lam assures Hong Kong business leaders that plan to extradite people to mainland China will not undermine commerce

Proposed legal tweak ‘should not be seen as impeding business freedom’, city chief says, as security minister denies any decision has been made on cutting the list of offences people could be extradited for.

21 Mar 2019 - 11:29PM

Proposed legal tweak ‘should not be seen as impeding business freedom’, city chief says, as security minister denies any decision has been made on cutting the list of offences people could be extradited for.

Carrie Lam assures Hong Kong business leaders that plan to extradite people to mainland China will not undermine commerce
Hong Kong to consider dropping certain white-collar crimes from extradition agreement with Taiwan, Macau and the mainland
  • Government adviser says the exclusion of some economic crimes could be done without major redrafting of the bill.
20 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM
  • Government adviser says the exclusion of some economic crimes could be done without major redrafting of the bill.
Hong Kong to consider dropping certain white-collar crimes from extradition agreement with Taiwan, Macau and the mainland
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘more than willing’ to get tough with MTR Corp after crash, as authorities confirm rail giant will be fined

MTR apologises to city residents as trains involved in Monday’s accident removed from main tracks, as authorities confirm that rail giant will be fined.

20 Mar 2019 - 11:31PM

MTR apologises to city residents as trains involved in Monday’s accident removed from main tracks, as authorities confirm that rail giant will be fined.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘more than willing’ to get tough with MTR Corp after crash, as authorities confirm rail giant will be fined
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

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 .

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 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 .

19 Mar 2019 - 9:48PM

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

Hong Kong government may soften stance on controversial extradition amendment but city leader Carrie Lam says it needs to be passed by summer
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
  • China says concerns of Hongkongers and foreigners have been noted but urges respect for the legislative process.
Beijing weighs in on Hong Kong extradition plan, urging doubters to respect the legal process, after Law Society calls for alternatives
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

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.

White House invites pro-democracy politicians to explain situation in Hong Kong as officials scrutinising China prepare study on city’s separate trading status
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

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

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

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

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

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.

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