Alvin Lum

Alvin 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 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 plan to send fugitives to mainland China not cause for human rights concerns, security minister says, as 55 countries already have extradition deals with Beijing

Secretary for Security John Lee tells lawmakers to look at proposal objectively.

Hong Kong health minister Sophia Chan compares e-cigarettes to an epidemic as she defends coming ban

Availability of alternative products could encourage more teenagers to pick up smoking, secretary for food and health says.

14 Feb 2019 - 3:05PM
Hong Kong health minister Sophia Chan compares e-cigarettes to an epidemic as she defends coming ban

Availability of alternative products could encourage more teenagers to pick up smoking, secretary for food and health says.

Fugitives should only be extradited to Taiwan, not mainland China, Hong Kong opposition lawmakers and lawyers’ group urge government

Security minister John Lee makes clear the government will proceed with a proposal to change fugitive laws to include mainland China, Macau and other parts of the world.

16 Feb 2019 - 7:47PM
Fugitives should only be extradited to  Taiwan, not mainland China, Hong Kong opposition lawmakers and lawyers’ group urge government

Security minister John Lee makes clear the government will proceed with a proposal to change fugitive laws to include mainland China, Macau and other parts of the world.

Hong Kong is considering changing the law on transferring fugitives – so how are extraditions dealt with now, and why are there no deals with mainland China, Taiwan and Macau?

If the Security Bureau’s proposal becomes law, there will be an extradition arrangement between Hong Kong and the mainland for the first time – but legal experts caution such a change could also affect existing arrangements with other jurisdictions.

14 Feb 2019 - 4:42AM
Hong Kong is considering changing the law on transferring fugitives – so how are extraditions dealt with now, and why are there no deals with mainland China, Taiwan and Macau?

If the Security Bureau’s proposal becomes law, there will be an extradition arrangement between Hong Kong and the mainland for the first time – but legal experts caution such a change could also affect existing arrangements with other jurisdictions.

Fugitives face extradition to Macau, Taiwan and mainland China under Hong Kong government proposal to amend law this year

The policy change is aimed at plugging loopholes exposed by a homicide case in which Taiwanese authorities were unable to prosecute a Hongkonger accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in Taipei.

13 Feb 2019 - 8:31AM
Fugitives face extradition to Macau, Taiwan and mainland China under Hong Kong government proposal to amend law this year

The policy change is aimed at plugging loopholes exposed by a homicide case in which Taiwanese authorities were unable to prosecute a Hongkonger accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in Taipei.

Yellow anti-skid coating on Sheung Wan heritage steps to be removed amid criticism that historic Hong Kong stairways would be ruined

Concern group says authorities admitted to error in meeting after facing criticisms about new coating damaging heritage structures in Sheung Wan.

12 Feb 2019 - 8:58PM
Yellow anti-skid coating on Sheung Wan heritage steps to be removed amid criticism that historic Hong Kong stairways would be ruined

Concern group says authorities admitted to error in meeting after facing criticisms about new coating damaging heritage structures in Sheung Wan.

Hong Kong pro-democracy party chief Wu Chi-wai may give up Wong Tai Sin district seat after 20 years

Wu Chi-wai mulls handing his constituency in Wong Tai Sin to fellow veteran democrat Rosanda Mok.

11 Feb 2019 - 9:14PM
Hong Kong pro-democracy party chief Wu Chi-wai may give up Wong Tai Sin district seat after 20 years

Wu Chi-wai mulls handing his constituency in Wong Tai Sin to fellow veteran democrat Rosanda Mok.

Form a dedicated committee to keep an eye on Hong Kong, politicians and civic groups urge British lawmakers

Former chief secretary Anson Chan, the Civic Party and a number of civil society groups have made the request.

10 Feb 2019 - 9:58PM
Form a dedicated committee to keep an eye on Hong Kong, politicians and civic groups urge British lawmakers

Former chief secretary Anson Chan, the Civic Party and a number of civil society groups have made the request.

China faces barrage of criticism over jailing of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang

Human rights lawyer was swept up in ‘709 crackdown’ and has not been seen since. He was tried and convicted behind closed doors in case that legal groups say fell far short of any basic legal standard.

7 Feb 2019 - 9:30PM
China faces barrage of criticism over jailing of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang

Human rights lawyer was swept up in ‘709 crackdown’ and has not been seen since. He was tried and convicted behind closed doors in case that legal groups say fell far short of any basic legal standard.

Man murdered his girlfriend, barricaded himself in their Hong Kong flat and committed suicide just before Lunar New Year, police believe

Police were alerted on Tuesday evening after a man surnamed Ng, 29, failed to turn up for Monday’s new-year dinner with his family. Girlfriend Cheung, 25, was found dead with a six-inch cut to her face and wounds on her arms and back; Ng’s body was found nearby.

6 Feb 2019 - 11:24AM
Man murdered his girlfriend, barricaded himself in their Hong Kong flat and committed suicide just before Lunar New Year, police believe

Police were alerted on Tuesday evening after a man surnamed Ng, 29, failed to turn up for Monday’s new-year dinner with his family. Girlfriend Cheung, 25, was found dead with a six-inch cut to her face and wounds on her arms and back; Ng’s body was found nearby.

Lawmaker Eddie Chu launches legal challenge to his disqualification from rural representative election

Chu was disqualified from running in an election for village leader in December because he ‘implicitly’ supported self-determination for Hong Kong. Challenging the validity of the election result, the lawmaker said his exclusion was unconstitutional.

1 Feb 2019 - 10:55PM
Lawmaker Eddie Chu launches legal challenge to his disqualification from rural representative election

Chu was disqualified from running in an election for village leader in December because he ‘implicitly’ supported self-determination for Hong Kong. Challenging the validity of the election result, the lawmaker said his exclusion was unconstitutional.

Data breaches in Hong Kong have jumped 80 per cent in five years, now privacy watchdog wants more power and resources to give future investigations ‘teeth’

Office of the Privacy Commissioner reveals it received 129 reports in 2018 – an 80 per cent jump in the past five years. In response it wants an increase in manpower to help with future investigations.

1 Feb 2019 - 9:05AM
Data breaches in Hong Kong have jumped 80 per cent in five years, now privacy watchdog wants more power and resources to give future investigations ‘teeth’

Office of the Privacy Commissioner reveals it received 129 reports in 2018 – an 80 per cent jump in the past five years. In response it wants an increase in manpower to help with future investigations.

Hong Kong courts independent despite Beijing’s power to interpret Basic Law, top judge Kemal Bokhary says

Liberal judge Kemal Bokhary says courts will always decide cases according to the law and in an open manner.

31 Jan 2019 - 11:18AM
Hong Kong courts independent despite Beijing’s power to interpret Basic Law, top judge Kemal Bokhary says

Liberal judge Kemal Bokhary says courts will always decide cases according to the law and in an open manner.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam shrugs off calls to quit but pledges to shed elitist mindset

Lawmakers take chief executive to task over contentious elderly welfare changes, and Lam promises to learn from episode and govern with humility.

30 Jan 2019 - 11:22PM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam shrugs off calls to quit but pledges to shed elitist mindset

Lawmakers take chief executive to task over contentious elderly welfare changes, and Lam promises to learn from episode and govern with humility.

Hong Kong pro-democracy group Demosisto has Lunar New Year bags ‘censored’ after mainland Chinese firm refuses to print logo

Demosisto claims its logo had to be removed from tote before it was cleared for production, while Democratic Party says request for satirical cartoons of Hong Kong politicians was also turned down.

30 Jan 2019 - 10:31AM
Hong Kong pro-democracy group Demosisto has Lunar New Year bags ‘censored’ after mainland Chinese firm refuses to print logo

Demosisto claims its logo had to be removed from tote before it was cleared for production, while Democratic Party says request for satirical cartoons of Hong Kong politicians was also turned down.

Legal profession rallies around senior counsel in Hong Kong inquiry into MTR’s Sha Tin-Central Link, after banners mocking him appear outside hearing

Paul Shieh, representing Leighton Contractors (Asia) in the shoddy work inquiry, was targeted by the banners, as was an expert witness. Lawyers remind public that counsel’s work should not be confused with their personal beliefs.

29 Jan 2019 - 3:50PM
Legal profession rallies around senior counsel in Hong Kong inquiry into MTR’s Sha Tin-Central Link, after banners mocking him appear outside hearing

Paul Shieh, representing Leighton Contractors (Asia) in the shoddy work inquiry, was targeted by the banners, as was an expert witness. Lawyers remind public that counsel’s work should not be confused with their personal beliefs.

Top Singaporean legal scholar Tan Cheng Han confident in Hong Kong’s future ahead of his move to City University’s law school

Tan Cheng Han, who will join City University’s law school, says Hong Kong’s main strength is its people.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:04AM
Top Singaporean legal scholar Tan Cheng Han confident in Hong Kong’s future ahead of his move to City University’s law school

Tan Cheng Han, who will join City University’s law school, says Hong Kong’s main strength is its people.

Hong Kong lawmakers vote down no-confidence motion against embattled justice chief Teresa Cheng over dropped CY Leung case

But Teresa Cheng again refuses to discuss why misconduct case against former leader CY Leung was dropped.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:19AM
Hong Kong lawmakers vote down no-confidence motion against embattled justice chief Teresa Cheng over dropped CY Leung case

But Teresa Cheng again refuses to discuss why misconduct case against former leader CY Leung was dropped.

Government may cave on HK$200 penalty for elderly who don’t try to find work, as lawmakers prepare for meeting with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong chief executive as lawmakers stand united against unpopular changes.

28 Jan 2019 - 9:10AM
Government may cave on HK$200 penalty for elderly who don’t try to find work, as lawmakers prepare for meeting with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong chief executive as lawmakers stand united against unpopular changes.

Law against insulting Chinese national anthem in Hong Kong criticised for ‘imprecise’ wording and specifying standards of decorum

Government bill criticised for ‘imprecise’ wording and spelling out standards of decorum.

27 Jan 2019 - 10:32PM
Law against insulting Chinese national anthem in Hong Kong criticised for ‘imprecise’ wording and specifying standards of decorum

Government bill criticised for ‘imprecise’ wording and spelling out standards of decorum.

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