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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Police chief praises officers on 100th day of Hong Kong protests while association warns petrol bomb attacks by protesters could be met with live ammunition

Junior Police Officers’ Association issues statement on 100th day of anti-government protests sparked by now-withdrawn extradition bill, noting use of petrol bombs by radicals.

17 Sep 2019 - 2:52AM

Junior Police Officers’ Association issues statement on 100th day of anti-government protests sparked by now-withdrawn extradition bill, noting use of petrol bombs by radicals.

Police chief praises officers on 100th day of Hong Kong protests while association warns petrol bomb attacks by protesters could be met with live ammunition
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and legal bodies condemn ‘unfounded’ attack on local judges by Beijing loyalists

Carrie Lam and two legal bodies defend the rule of law and judicial freedom in the face of attack by Beijing loyalists over granting bail to protesters.

14 Sep 2019 - 3:05AM

Carrie Lam and two legal bodies defend the rule of law and judicial freedom in the face of attack by Beijing loyalists over granting bail to protesters.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and legal bodies condemn ‘unfounded’ attack on local judges by Beijing loyalists
Hong Kong protests: ex-head of Ontario police watchdog dismisses concerns about suitability to join probe into force’s handling of unrest and defends his impartiality

Gerry McNeilly, former head of Office of the Independent Police Review Director in Ontario, says accusations against him in previous job were unfair.

11 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM

Gerry McNeilly, former head of Office of the Independent Police Review Director in Ontario, says accusations against him in previous job were unfair.

Hong Kong protests: ex-head of Ontario police watchdog dismisses concerns about suitability to join probe into force’s handling of unrest and defends his impartiality
Hong Kong protests: officials attempt for sixth time to debunk rumours of deaths during police operation in MTR station but ‘mourners’ remain unconvinced

Dozens of people gathered outside Prince Edward station to pay respect to those they believed killed, with some burning paper offerings despite a sixth clarification from the government.

10 Sep 2019 - 9:08AM

Dozens of people gathered outside Prince Edward station to pay respect to those they believed killed, with some burning paper offerings despite a sixth clarification from the government.

Hong Kong protests: officials attempt for sixth time to debunk rumours of deaths during police operation in MTR station but ‘mourners’ remain unconvinced
Hong Kong prosecutor taken off police cases over Facebook comments related to anti-government protests

Department of Justice seeks ‘to avoid a public perception that the prosecutor is unable to fairly and impartially exercise his duty’.

7 Sep 2019 - 11:50PM

Department of Justice seeks ‘to avoid a public perception that the prosecutor is unable to fairly and impartially exercise his duty’.

Hong Kong prosecutor taken off police cases over Facebook comments related to anti-government protests
Hong Kong protests: city braces for another weekend of chaos and rail authorities change plans as demonstrators target airport again

Airport Express trains will travel only from Hong Kong station, bypassing Kowloon and Tsing Yi stations.

7 Sep 2019 - 12:41PM

Airport Express trains will travel only from Hong Kong station, bypassing Kowloon and Tsing Yi stations.

Hong Kong protests: city braces for another weekend of chaos and rail authorities change plans as demonstrators target airport again
Watchdog panel may need more clout to ensure thorough probe of how Hong Kong police handled protests, head of foreign expert team says

An expert panel is considering whether IPCC needs additional powers to conduct a fair probe of police handling of anti-government protests.

7 Sep 2019 - 7:25AM

An expert panel is considering whether IPCC needs additional powers to conduct a fair probe of police handling of anti-government protests.

Watchdog panel may need more clout to ensure thorough probe of how Hong Kong police handled protests, head of foreign expert team says
Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam has ruled out commission of inquiry into police actions, so what can replace it and will it work?

As Hong Kong leader accedes to one of the protesters’ demands, we look into other ways the chief executive can quell the violence and whether she can learn from Britain’s London riots or the ‘yellow vests’ in France.

6 Sep 2019 - 12:29PM

As Hong Kong leader accedes to one of the protesters’ demands, we look into other ways the chief executive can quell the violence and whether she can learn from Britain’s London riots or the ‘yellow vests’ in France.

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam has ruled out commission of inquiry into police actions, so what can replace it and will it work?
Independent panel to investigate Hong Kong protest crisis won’t solve public’s deep distrust of government, critics say

Committee to investigate underlying causes of protest crisis – but detractors say it won’t solve public’s deep distrust of government.

5 Sep 2019 - 1:22PM

Committee to investigate underlying causes of protest crisis – but detractors say it won’t solve public’s deep distrust of government.

Independent panel to investigate Hong Kong protest crisis won’t solve public’s deep distrust of government, critics say
Hong Kong protests: what is the difference between Carrie Lam suspending and withdrawing extradition bill?

After months of violent protests, Hong Kong leader confirms she will officially withdraw hated bill, but why did the government not do so previously?

5 Sep 2019 - 6:10AM

After months of violent protests, Hong Kong leader confirms she will officially withdraw hated bill, but why did the government not do so previously?

Hong Kong protests: what is the difference between Carrie Lam suspending and withdrawing extradition bill?
Explainer | Hong Kong protests: what a demonstrator can expect on being arrested

At least 161 of the 1,140 arrested during the ongoing social unrest have been charged and 149 released on bail. Some 122 are subject to a curfew. But who gets what and why?

4 Sep 2019 - 9:46AM

At least 161 of the 1,140 arrested during the ongoing social unrest have been charged and 149 released on bail. Some 122 are subject to a curfew. But who gets what and why?

Hong Kong protests: what a demonstrator can expect on being arrested
Hong Kong’s justice chief Teresa Cheng warns staff about endangering impartiality after prosecutor’s leaked email accusing police of lying

Teresa Cheng says the Department of Justice will continue to ensure people get a fair trial under the principles of the Prosecution Code.

4 Sep 2019 - 10:33AM

Teresa Cheng says the Department of Justice will continue to ensure people get a fair trial under the principles of the Prosecution Code.

Hong Kong’s justice chief Teresa Cheng warns staff about endangering impartiality after prosecutor’s leaked email accusing police of lying
Hong Kong protests: school pupil injured after being chased by police during anti-government demonstrations in Tai Po

Schoolboy suffers injuries as policeman chases him in front of Confucian Tai Shing Ho Kwok Pui Chun College in Tai Po on second day of citywide strike.

6 Sep 2019 - 1:46PM

Schoolboy suffers injuries as policeman chases him in front of Confucian Tai Shing Ho Kwok Pui Chun College in Tai Po on second day of citywide strike.

Hong Kong protests: school pupil injured after being chased by police during anti-government demonstrations in Tai Po
Chinese ambassador summoned in Lithuania over ‘deplorable behaviour’ by officials during Vilnius’ show of support for Hong Kong protesters

Officials ‘crossed the line’ by orchestrating pro-Beijing supporters in Vilnius counterprotest, says foreign minister.

3 Sep 2019 - 12:34AM

Officials ‘crossed the line’ by orchestrating pro-Beijing supporters in Vilnius counterprotest, says foreign minister.

Chinese ambassador summoned in Lithuania over ‘deplorable behaviour’ by officials during Vilnius’ show of support for Hong Kong protesters
High Court reminds Hong Kong lawyers to keep their conduct in check at admission ceremonies for new solicitors and barristers

Letter to Law Society and Bar Association says admission proceedings should not be treated like graduations or awards ceremonies with colourful speeches.

1 Sep 2019 - 9:22PM

Letter to Law Society and Bar Association says admission proceedings should not be treated like graduations or awards ceremonies with colourful speeches.

High Court reminds Hong Kong lawyers to keep their conduct in check at admission ceremonies for new solicitors and barristers
Chaos on Hong Kong’s MTR network as police chase protesters into station and arrest 63

Video footage shows members of police Special Tactical Squad, known as ‘raptors’, beating people on train at Prince Edward station, and services remain suspended there, Mong Kok, and Kowloon Bay, following night of violence and vandalism.

2 Sep 2019 - 1:32PM

Video footage shows members of police Special Tactical Squad, known as ‘raptors’, beating people on train at Prince Edward station, and services remain suspended there, Mong Kok, and Kowloon Bay, following night of violence and vandalism.

Chaos on Hong Kong’s MTR network as police chase protesters into station and arrest 63
Can Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issue an emergency edict? Yes, but the legislature needs to approve it

One of Lam’s advisers said such a move would not need Legco approval, but Hong Kong itself told a UN commission in 1999 it would be subject to vetting

30 Aug 2019 - 8:30AM

One of Lam’s advisers said such a move would not need Legco approval, but Hong Kong itself told a UN commission in 1999 it would be subject to vetting

Can Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issue an emergency edict? Yes, but the legislature needs to approve it
Is Hong Kong on the brink of declaring emergency rule to deal with anti-government protesters?

In a series of in-depth articles on the unrest rocking the city, the Post goes behind the headlines to look at the underlying issues, current state of affairs, and where it is all heading.

30 Aug 2019 - 4:10PM

In a series of in-depth articles on the unrest rocking the city, the Post goes behind the headlines to look at the underlying issues, current state of affairs, and where it is all heading.

Is Hong Kong on the brink of declaring emergency rule to deal with anti-government protesters?
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam leaves door open on invoking sweeping emergency powers to deal with violent anti-government protests

Carrie Lam does not dismiss speculation that Emergency Regulations Ordinance could be invoked, even as members of her cabinet warn against such a move and opposition figures say it risks trashing rule of law.

29 Aug 2019 - 12:41PM

Carrie Lam does not dismiss speculation that Emergency Regulations Ordinance could be invoked, even as members of her cabinet warn against such a move and opposition figures say it risks trashing rule of law.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam leaves door open on invoking sweeping emergency powers to deal with violent anti-government protests
Hong Kong university head condemns students’ call for independence and a physical border to split city from mainland China

‘ProgressUST’ group at University of Science and Technology calls for independence and a physical barrier to be built on border with mainland China – bringing a stinging rebuke from school head Wei Shyy.

27 Aug 2019 - 11:33PM

‘ProgressUST’ group at University of Science and Technology calls for independence and a physical barrier to be built on border with mainland China – bringing a stinging rebuke from school head Wei Shyy.

Hong Kong university head condemns students’ call for independence and a physical border to split city from mainland China
Hong Kong protests: police ban planned rally outside Cathay Pacific HQ

Confederation of Trade Unions wanted to hold rally on Wednesday in response to sacking of cabin crew head Rebecca Sy, who claimed she was dismissed over Facebook post although airline has not commented.

27 Aug 2019 - 11:09PM

Confederation of Trade Unions wanted to hold rally on Wednesday in response to sacking of cabin crew head Rebecca Sy, who claimed she was dismissed over Facebook post although airline has not commented.

Hong Kong protests: police ban planned rally outside Cathay Pacific HQ
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam meets young people a day after unprecedented violence as police vow to match force with proportionate response

Hong Kong leader holds a closed-door meeting with about 20 people as, at a press briefing, police top brass defend an officer who made headlines when he fired a warning shot during chaotic scenes in Tsuen Wan.

27 Aug 2019 - 1:22PM

Hong Kong leader holds a closed-door meeting with about 20 people as, at a press briefing, police top brass defend an officer who made headlines when he fired a warning shot during chaotic scenes in Tsuen Wan.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam meets young people a day after unprecedented violence as police vow to match force with proportionate response
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam meets group of young people to hear views at event initiated by Beijing’s liaison office in city

About 20 people, mostly in their 20s and 30s, attended the afternoon meeting at Youth Square in Chai Wan.

27 Aug 2019 - 3:22AM

About 20 people, mostly in their 20s and 30s, attended the afternoon meeting at Youth Square in Chai Wan.

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam meets group of young people to hear views at event initiated by Beijing’s liaison office in city
Hong Kong police accused of locking up onlookers not involved in the illegal protests rocking city

Among those affected was former marine police officer Jan Bochenski, 62, who was arrested for joining an ‘unlawful assembly’ in his own neighbourhood.

26 Aug 2019 - 8:19AM

Among those affected was former marine police officer Jan Bochenski, 62, who was arrested for joining an ‘unlawful assembly’ in his own neighbourhood.

Hong Kong police accused of locking up onlookers not involved in the illegal protests rocking city
Chief Executive Carrie Lam pressed by range of Hong Kong leaders to meet top demands of anti-government protesters, sources say

Nineteen politicians and power brokers gather at Government House, with more than half the guests urging Lam to withdraw bill and launch inquiry.

25 Aug 2019 - 9:35AM

Nineteen politicians and power brokers gather at Government House, with more than half the guests urging Lam to withdraw bill and launch inquiry.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam pressed by range of Hong Kong leaders to meet top demands of anti-government protesters, sources say
‘They want freedom the same way we wanted it’: Cheers and support in Lithuania as Hong Kong embraces the ‘Baltic Way’

Supporters join hands in Lithuania – the way they there did 30 years ago – in solidarity. One says: ‘They want freedom the same way we wanted it.’

24 Aug 2019 - 12:53AM

Supporters join hands in Lithuania – the way they there did 30 years ago – in solidarity. One says: ‘They want freedom the same way we wanted it.’

‘They want freedom the same way we wanted it’: Cheers and support in Lithuania as Hong Kong embraces the ‘Baltic Way’
Identification of Hong Kong riot officers using undisclosed codes on helmets is ‘unsatisfactory’, police watchdog says, calling for clarity and accountability

Method replaces badges used earlier and protects officers from doxxing, but move was never made public until IPCC’s press conference.

23 Aug 2019 - 11:21PM

Method replaces badges used earlier and protects officers from doxxing, but move was never made public until IPCC’s press conference.

Identification of Hong Kong riot officers using undisclosed codes on helmets is ‘unsatisfactory’, police watchdog says, calling for clarity and accountability
University of Hong Kong medical school suspends classes in mainland China for rest of 2019 – no reason yet given

University of Hong Kong yet answer questions about cancellation – despite complaints from students about border searches.

23 Aug 2019 - 11:20PM

University of Hong Kong yet answer questions about cancellation – despite complaints from students about border searches.

University of Hong Kong medical school suspends classes in mainland China for rest of 2019 – no reason yet given
Trainee Hong Kong lawyer can join legal profession, says justice department, after letter accused him of posting hate speech against police online

A complaint was made against Alfred Chu for a Facebook posting that is said to have referred to ‘rogue cops’, but the Department of Justice says it is satisfied with his response and he is expected to officially join the ranks of Hong Kong’s lawyers in September.

23 Aug 2019 - 11:20PM

A complaint was made against Alfred Chu for a Facebook posting that is said to have referred to ‘rogue cops’, but the Department of Justice says it is satisfied with his response and he is expected to officially join the ranks of Hong Kong’s lawyers in September.

Trainee Hong Kong lawyer can join legal profession, says justice department, after letter accused him of posting hate speech against police online
Two Hong Kong men hit with riot charges over attack on anti-government protesters at Yuen Long MTR station

At least 45 people were injured in the assault, which targeted people returning from a protest but also involved passers-by.

23 Aug 2019 - 12:04AM

At least 45 people were injured in the assault, which targeted people returning from a protest but also involved passers-by.

Two Hong Kong men hit with riot charges over attack on anti-government protesters at Yuen Long MTR station