Cannix Yau

Cannix Yau joined the Post in 2014 after an extensive career working in journalism and for legislators. She focuses on in-depth transport, infrastructure and policy issues in Hong Kong. She is interested in issues related to social justice and won the Society of Publishers in Asia's Excellence in Reporting Award in 2005.
Cannix Yau
Cannix Yau joined the Post in 2014 after an extensive career working in journalism and for legislators. She focuses on in-depth transport, infrastructure and policy issues in Hong Kong. She is interested in issues related to social justice and won the Society of Publishers in Asia's Excellence in Reporting Award in 2005.

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Businesses welcome Hong Kong government relief measures to help ride out economic downturn but retail sector and tenants of private landlords feel left out

Many businesses will benefit from fees and charges being waived for one year, while others will get rent cuts for six months. Retailers say measures don’t do enough to address their plight.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:53PM

Many businesses will benefit from fees and charges being waived for one year, while others will get rent cuts for six months. Retailers say measures don’t do enough to address their plight.

Businesses welcome Hong Kong government relief measures to help ride out economic downturn but retail sector and tenants of private landlords feel left out
MTR disrupted yet again with train on Hong Kong’s Island line halted after emergency door is opened mid-service and passengers step onto tracks

Incident occurs when train is stalled by power supply problems between Chai Wan and Heng Fa Chuen stations. Rail operator warns of dangers after passenger pushes open emergency door on end carriage and several passengers step down onto tracks.

14 Aug 2019 - 6:40PM

Incident occurs when train is stalled by power supply problems between Chai Wan and Heng Fa Chuen stations. Rail operator warns of dangers after passenger pushes open emergency door on end carriage and several passengers step down onto tracks.

MTR disrupted yet again with train on Hong Kong’s Island line halted after emergency door is opened mid-service and passengers step onto tracks
Aviation industry expected to suffer losses of more than US$76 million after protests at Hong Kong International Airport ground flights for two days

Some 180 flights were cancelled on Monday and 400 on Tuesday after protesters occupied terminals. Analysts say further protests at airport will have ‘exponential’ economic impact.

14 Aug 2019 - 7:51AM

Some 180 flights were cancelled on Monday and 400 on Tuesday after protesters occupied terminals. Analysts say further protests at airport will have ‘exponential’ economic impact.

Aviation industry expected to suffer losses of more than US$76 million after protests at Hong Kong International Airport ground flights for two days
Rail management meet senior Hong Kong police figures for discussions of officers’ actions in two MTR stations on Sunday night

Unions say MTR bosses discussed force’s controversial actions with police management and how staff and passenger safety might be ensured. Police are under fire for deploying tear gas inside Kwai Fong station and for charging at protesters on moving escalator at Tai Koo station.

13 Aug 2019 - 5:18PM

Unions say MTR bosses discussed force’s controversial actions with police management and how staff and passenger safety might be ensured. Police are under fire for deploying tear gas inside Kwai Fong station and for charging at protesters on moving escalator at Tai Koo station.

Rail management meet senior Hong Kong police figures for discussions of officers’ actions in two MTR stations on Sunday night
Hong Kong protests: billionaire businessman Peter Woo pleads with Hongkongers to stop the violence, warns of terrorism threat as tensions escalate

All sides must act now to end aggression blighting city, says billionaire businessman Peter Woo, who urges protesters to ‘quit while they are ahead’.

17 Aug 2019 - 8:28PM

All sides must act now to end aggression blighting city, says billionaire businessman Peter Woo, who urges protesters to ‘quit while they are ahead’.

Hong Kong protests: billionaire businessman Peter Woo pleads with Hongkongers to stop the violence, warns of terrorism threat as tensions escalate
Majority of Filipino domestic helpers won’t consider leaving Hong Kong because of recent anti-government protests, poll finds

Survey shows 97 per cent of those polled would not consider leaving or going back to the Philippines despite a potential government ban.

10 Aug 2019 - 3:38PM

Survey shows 97 per cent of those polled would not consider leaving or going back to the Philippines despite a potential government ban.

Majority of Filipino domestic helpers won’t consider leaving Hong Kong because of recent anti-government protests, poll finds
MTR Corp’s management failings see it take a 26 per cent beating as Hong Kong rail operator’s profits slump to HK$3.4 billion

Cost of scandal-hit Sha Tin-Central link likely to balloon to almost HK$100 billion, and rail operator says challenges lie ahead with social unrest to continue.

9 Aug 2019 - 1:37AM

Cost of scandal-hit Sha Tin-Central link likely to balloon to almost HK$100 billion, and rail operator says challenges lie ahead with social unrest to continue.

MTR Corp’s management failings see it take a 26 per cent beating as Hong Kong rail operator’s profits slump to HK$3.4 billion
Help Hong Kong’s small traders weather political storm, government urged, as anger and clashes over extradition bill protests rumble on

Trade leader says shops and restaurants had their takings cut in half during Monday’s strike and later clashes. He says he urged the finance chief to help business owners weather the storm.

7 Aug 2019 - 11:16AM

Trade leader says shops and restaurants had their takings cut in half during Monday’s strike and later clashes. He says he urged the finance chief to help business owners weather the storm.

Help Hong Kong’s small traders weather political storm, government urged, as anger and clashes over extradition bill protests rumble on
Financial Secretary Paul Chan warns that anti-government protests – paired with US-China trade war – could plunge Hong Kong’s economy into recession

Estimates of losses from Monday’s protests range from HK$300 million to HK$2.6 billion. One economist was blunt: ‘breaking someone’s rice bowl is unforgivable’.

6 Aug 2019 - 2:04AM

Estimates of losses from Monday’s protests range from HK$300 million to HK$2.6 billion. One economist was blunt: ‘breaking someone’s rice bowl is unforgivable’.

Financial Secretary Paul Chan warns that anti-government protests – paired with US-China trade war – could plunge Hong Kong’s economy into recession
Hong Kong prepares for transport nightmare and massive flight cancellations as citywide strike against extradition bill crisis targets MTR, airport and roads

Organisers intend to prevent passengers from reaching work in crucial business districts such as Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok.

5 Aug 2019 - 7:26AM

Organisers intend to prevent passengers from reaching work in crucial business districts such as Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok.

Hong Kong prepares for transport nightmare and massive flight cancellations as citywide strike against extradition bill crisis targets MTR, airport and roads
Hong Kong rail staff threaten to strike as MTR Corp battles to restore driver morale after Yuen Long station attack

Anger over handling at Yuen Long station attacks remains, but unions urge members not to strike and MTR Corp vows to review safety procedures.

29 Jul 2019 - 11:35PM

Anger over handling at Yuen Long station attacks remains, but unions urge members not to strike and MTR Corp vows to review safety procedures.

Hong Kong rail staff threaten to strike as MTR Corp battles to restore driver morale after Yuen Long station attack
Building relationships: how Hong Kong women overcome myths and prejudice to succeed as engineers in the male-dominated world of construction

Female professionals still make up only 8 per cent of Hong Kong’s engineers but diversity drives in some big firms are increasing this number.

13 Jul 2019 - 3:10PM

Female professionals still make up only 8 per cent of Hong Kong’s engineers but diversity drives in some big firms are increasing this number.

Building relationships: how Hong Kong women overcome myths and prejudice to succeed as engineers in the male-dominated world of construction
Why Hong Kong’s MPF pension scheme is failing to provide citizens with proper retirement protection

Calls for reform of the MPF have been mounting, with severe criticism of its administrative complexity, rigidness, unfair ‘offsetting’ mechanism and failure to provide adequate retirement protection for Hongkongers.

10 Jul 2019 - 11:16AM

Calls for reform of the MPF have been mounting, with severe criticism of its administrative complexity, rigidness, unfair ‘offsetting’ mechanism and failure to provide adequate retirement protection for Hongkongers.

Why Hong Kong’s MPF pension scheme is failing to provide citizens with proper retirement protection
HKTaxi partners with Octopus on electronic payment system in bid for edge in Hong Kong’s hectic ride-hailing sector

Passengers who book a ride through the HKTaxi app can now pay with an Octopus card or O! ePay, the company’s payment app.

2 Jul 2019 - 8:30PM

Passengers who book a ride through the HKTaxi app can now pay with an Octopus card or O! ePay, the company’s payment app.

HKTaxi partners with Octopus on electronic payment system in bid for edge in Hong Kong’s hectic ride-hailing sector
Congestion charges for Hong Kong motorists only way to solve Central gridlock and make area more welcoming for pedestrians, concern group says

Markus Shaw of Walk DVRC says private car owners should not use area’s streets for free, making them intolerable for pedestrians.

2 Jul 2019 - 9:00AM

Markus Shaw of Walk DVRC says private car owners should not use area’s streets for free, making them intolerable for pedestrians.

Congestion charges for Hong Kong motorists only way to solve Central gridlock and make area more welcoming for pedestrians, concern group says
Hong Kong’s legislature stormed but police take little action in what analysts say is attempt to win back public support after outcry over crackdown on extradition bill protesters

Police sources say the force did not take any clearance action while the annual July 1 march was still going on to avoid affecting the majority who protested peacefully.

2 Jul 2019 - 10:23AM

Police sources say the force did not take any clearance action while the annual July 1 march was still going on to avoid affecting the majority who protested peacefully.

Hong Kong’s legislature stormed but police take little action in what analysts say is attempt to win back public support after outcry over crackdown on extradition bill protesters
Hong Kong bus giant KMB announces 4.8 per cent pay rise for staff, but workers’ union slams move as far from demands, threatening protests

Company says new drivers could take home HK$18,867 or HK$24,500 monthly, factoring in year-end bonus, but KMB Employees Union accuses operator of negotiating only with workers’ groups it has close ties to.

28 Jun 2019 - 7:42PM

Company says new drivers could take home HK$18,867 or HK$24,500 monthly, factoring in year-end bonus, but KMB Employees Union accuses operator of negotiating only with workers’ groups it has close ties to.

Hong Kong bus giant KMB announces 4.8 per cent pay rise for staff, but workers’ union slams move as far from demands, threatening protests
MTR Corporation to spend six to nine months bolstering Hung Hom station structures, with section of Sha Tin-Central link set to open by end of 2020, says lawmaker

Former rail sector executive Michael Tien says MTR Corp should have report into structural issues ready next month.

27 Jun 2019 - 10:02PM

Former rail sector executive Michael Tien says MTR Corp should have report into structural issues ready next month.

MTR Corporation to spend six to nine months bolstering Hung Hom station structures, with section of Sha Tin-Central link set to open by end of 2020, says lawmaker
No regrets, except for subpar work of those involved in Sha Tin-Central link scandal, outgoing Hong Kong MTR chairman Frederick Ma says

Outgoing chairman looks back on years of service and expresses confidence colleagues will rise to the challenge of increased expectations from the public.

25 Jun 2019 - 10:35AM

Outgoing chairman looks back on years of service and expresses confidence colleagues will rise to the challenge of increased expectations from the public.

No regrets, except for subpar work of those involved in Sha Tin-Central link scandal, outgoing Hong Kong MTR chairman Frederick Ma says
Pro-democracy student activist Joshua Wong leaves Hong Kong prison and vows to join fight against controversial extradition bill

The 22-year-old was released after month in prison and called on Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down.

17 Jun 2019 - 10:17PM

The 22-year-old was released after month in prison and called on Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down.

Pro-democracy student activist Joshua Wong leaves Hong Kong prison and vows to join fight against controversial extradition bill
World’s most expensive city for expats? Hong Kong ranks fourth in survey topped by Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat

City up four places in rankings but still behind Ashgabat as costliest place for expats to live in Asia-Pacific region, while Singapore jumps eight places to 12th

13 Jun 2019 - 10:53PM

City up four places in rankings but still behind Ashgabat as costliest place for expats to live in Asia-Pacific region, while Singapore jumps eight places to 12th

World’s most expensive city for expats? Hong Kong ranks fourth in survey topped by Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat
How to get out of Admiralty amid blocked roads and chaotic protests over extradition bill

Workers or others in the area looking to get out later should note all the main roads towards Central and Wan Chai have been temporarily closed to traffic.

12 Jun 2019 - 11:43PM

Workers or others in the area looking to get out later should note all the main roads towards Central and Wan Chai have been temporarily closed to traffic.

How to get out of Admiralty amid blocked roads and chaotic protests over extradition bill
Hong Kong’s embattled rail giant MTR Corp to roll new features for mobile app to improve services and rebuild image

These include alighting reminders, point-to-point traffic information, an upgrade of the trip planner, information about connecting buses or minibuses, and real-time arrival schedules for MTR buses.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:10PM

These include alighting reminders, point-to-point traffic information, an upgrade of the trip planner, information about connecting buses or minibuses, and real-time arrival schedules for MTR buses.

Hong Kong’s embattled rail giant MTR Corp to roll new features for mobile app to improve services and rebuild image
Hong Kong’s scandal-plagued Sha Tin to Central rail link set to partially open in three months as MTR Corporation resumes signalling tests

Operator to restart signalling tests with limited launch of the long-awaited section expected in September.

11 Jun 2019 - 1:13PM

Operator to restart signalling tests with limited launch of the long-awaited section expected in September.

Hong Kong’s scandal-plagued Sha Tin to Central rail link set to partially open in three months as MTR Corporation resumes signalling tests
HKTaxi founders reveal plan to bid for Hong Kong premium taxi franchise, with HK$100 million investment

HKTaxi puts itself forward to operate 200 luxury cabs under a divisive scheme proposed by the government to improve standards.

3 Jun 2019 - 8:08AM

HKTaxi puts itself forward to operate 200 luxury cabs under a divisive scheme proposed by the government to improve standards.

HKTaxi founders reveal plan to bid for Hong Kong premium taxi franchise, with HK$100 million investment
Hong Kong’s Western Harbour Tunnel to raise tolls by as much as 8 per cent in eighteenth fee increase since launch

Company says since its launch in 1997, net revenue has been ‘far below’ the minimum estimated amount stipulated in legislation. Move will not require government approval as increase is within levels indicated under law.

30 May 2019 - 9:05AM

Company says since its launch in 1997, net revenue has been ‘far below’ the minimum estimated amount stipulated in legislation. Move will not require government approval as increase is within levels indicated under law.

Hong Kong’s Western Harbour Tunnel to raise tolls by as much as 8 per cent in eighteenth fee increase since launch
Defective construction work at Hung Hom station tunnel ‘was subcontractor’s fault, not ours’, says main contractor at MTR commission of inquiry

Leighton Contractors (Asia) rejected allegations it was responsible for shoddy work, saying bar-fixing subcontractor failed to connect rebar.

28 May 2019 - 10:29PM

Leighton Contractors (Asia) rejected allegations it was responsible for shoddy work, saying bar-fixing subcontractor failed to connect rebar.

Defective construction work at Hung Hom station tunnel ‘was subcontractor’s fault, not ours’, says main contractor at MTR commission of inquiry
Main contractor at scandal-hit Hung Hom MTR station accused of using wrong rebar, as inquiry of Hong Kong government-appointed commission continues

Subcontractor says Leighton Contractors told it to use wrong material. Most inspection documents, meanwhile, remain missing.

28 May 2019 - 8:53AM

Subcontractor says Leighton Contractors told it to use wrong material. Most inspection documents, meanwhile, remain missing.

Main contractor at scandal-hit Hung Hom MTR station accused of using wrong rebar, as inquiry of Hong Kong government-appointed commission continues
The duo behind Hong Kong’s purple XAB taxis hoping to revamp a notorious industry

App launched last May is run by two friends who own fleet of 15 taxis and employ 30 drivers trained in customer service. They hope to revolutionise a sector plagued by bad cabby behaviour.

25 May 2019 - 11:15PM

App launched last May is run by two friends who own fleet of 15 taxis and employ 30 drivers trained in customer service. They hope to revolutionise a sector plagued by bad cabby behaviour.

The duo behind Hong Kong’s purple XAB taxis hoping to revamp a notorious industry
Sinking project at Tin Wing light rail station to resume after Hong Kong government nearly doubles acceptable subsidence level

Stalled development project to resume after Buildings Department nearly doubles level of acceptable sinkage to 150mm.

25 May 2019 - 1:34AM

Stalled development project to resume after Buildings Department nearly doubles level of acceptable sinkage to 150mm.

Sinking project at Tin Wing light rail station to resume after Hong Kong government nearly doubles acceptable subsidence level