Niall Fraser

Niall Fraser

Niall Fraser is a an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience in Hong Kong, Asia and the wider world. He is a former editor of the Sunday Morning Post.

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What has former 14K triad boss ‘Broken Tooth’ Wan Kuok-koi been up to since leaving prison?

Released from jail in 2012, notorious Macau triad boss ‘Broken Tooth’ Wan Kuok-koi was named alongside Carrie Lam in last year’s US Treasury sanctions as a ‘threat to global order’. Why?

Released from jail in 2012, notorious Macau triad boss ‘Broken Tooth’ Wan Kuok-koi was named alongside Carrie Lam in last year’s US Treasury sanctions as a ‘threat to global order’. Why?

What has former 14K triad boss ‘Broken Tooth’ Wan Kuok-koi been up to since leaving prison?
21 Feb 2021 - 9:57PM
Sex for sale: what happened to Macau casinos’ new family-friendly image?

After a high-profile vice crackdown, Macau was supposed to clean up its act. But This Week in Asia finds prostitution rackets operating in some of its most famous locations, suggesting that much is still rotten in this freewheeling city.

After a high-profile vice crackdown, Macau was supposed to clean up its act. But This Week in Asia finds prostitution rackets operating in some of its most famous locations, suggesting that much is still rotten in this freewheeling city.

Sex for sale: what happened to Macau casinos’ new family-friendly image?
22 Oct 2019 - 5:21AM
Partial victory for Irish schoolboy Eric Zhi with ‘no imminent threat of deportation’ to China

Dublin-born Eric Zhi Ying Xue, 9, was facing deportation with his mother, who arrived illegally in Ireland from Fujian province in 2006.

Dublin-born Eric Zhi Ying Xue, 9, was facing deportation with his mother, who arrived illegally in Ireland from Fujian province in 2006.

Partial victory for Irish schoolboy Eric Zhi with ‘no imminent threat of deportation’ to China
3 Nov 2018 - 5:59PM
Security chief defends decision not to send money laundering alert to banks in Hong Kong, calling information ‘unverifiable’

Minister hits back at criticism, while sources tell Post officials feared warning would create impression city is a human trafficking hub.

Minister hits back at criticism, while sources tell Post officials feared warning would create impression city is a human trafficking hub.

Security chief defends decision not to send money laundering alert to banks in Hong Kong, calling information ‘unverifiable’
31 Oct 2018 - 11:06PM
Campaign in Ireland to halt deportation of Dublin-born schoolboy Eric Zhi to China – a country he has never even visited

Eric Zhi Ying Mei Xue, 9, has never been out of country but authorities plan to deport him and his mother, who entered illegally 12 years ago.

Eric Zhi Ying Mei Xue, 9, has never been out of country but authorities plan to deport him and his mother, who entered illegally 12 years ago.

Campaign in Ireland to halt deportation of Dublin-born schoolboy Eric Zhi to China – a country he has never even visited
3 Nov 2018 - 4:32PM
Alfred Dunhill awarded 10 million yuan in ‘groundbreaking’ trademark infringement case against Chinese clothing firm Danhuoli

‘Groundbreaking’ court ruling said to strengthen China’s growing reputation for intellectual property rights protection.

‘Groundbreaking’ court ruling said to strengthen China’s growing reputation for intellectual property rights protection.

Alfred Dunhill awarded 10 million yuan in ‘groundbreaking’ trademark infringement case against Chinese clothing firm Danhuoli
11 Oct 2018 - 3:09PM
Activists ‘shocked’ after Hong Kong police chiefs block alert to banks on human trafficking-linked transactions

The 24-page document, prepared by Fraud and Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce, was designed to sharpen ability of financial firms to spot suspicious transactions

The 24-page document, prepared by Fraud and Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce, was designed to sharpen ability of financial firms to spot suspicious transactions

Activists ‘shocked’ after Hong Kong police chiefs block alert to banks on human trafficking-linked transactions
11 Oct 2018 - 1:38PM
Hong Kong police hunt part-time officer over ‘extremely outrageous’ and ‘insulting’ back-to-front wearing of hat

Photo taken in police station car park, with officer facing away from camera, has attracted hundreds of comments on Facebook and chat groups.

Photo taken in police station car park, with officer facing away from camera, has attracted hundreds of comments on Facebook and chat groups.

Hong Kong police hunt part-time officer over ‘extremely outrageous’ and ‘insulting’ back-to-front wearing of hat
9 Oct 2018 - 2:09PM
Senior Hong Kong policeman and two nightclub bosses plead guilty in HK$570,000 vice and corruption case

Superintendent Ng Wai-hon, 54, advised operators on how to evade investigations and inspections.

Superintendent Ng Wai-hon, 54, advised operators on how to evade investigations and inspections.

Senior Hong Kong policeman and two nightclub bosses plead guilty in HK$570,000 vice and corruption case
28 Sep 2018 - 1:08PM
Discovery Bay Marina Club stands by evictions of boat owners and says renovation will make it world-class

Discovery Bay Marina Club adds that it has no plan to fill in and build on its Lantau Island property.

Discovery Bay Marina Club adds that it has no plan to fill in and build on its Lantau Island property.

Discovery Bay Marina Club stands by evictions of boat owners and says renovation will make it world-class
25 Sep 2018 - 9:32AM
More than 10,000 sign petition in support of eviction-threatened houseboat dwellers in Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay

Petition in support of eviction-threatened families says forcing them to leave marina would mean financial problems and dislocation from community.

Petition in support of eviction-threatened families says forcing them to leave marina would mean financial problems and dislocation from community.

More than 10,000 sign petition in support of eviction-threatened houseboat dwellers in Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay
21 Sep 2018 - 6:33PM
Fears of ‘invisible hands’ as figures show slump in Hong Kong’s cooperation on transfer of foreign fugitives

Critics say a lack of legal cooperation with other jurisdictions has been laid bare by recent high-profile cases involving those fleeing justice, and some experts believe a lax approach and opaque procedures are there for a reason.

Critics say a lack of legal cooperation with other jurisdictions has been laid bare by recent high-profile cases involving those fleeing justice, and some experts believe a lax approach and opaque procedures are there for a reason.

Fears of ‘invisible hands’ as figures show slump in Hong Kong’s cooperation on transfer of foreign fugitives
2 Oct 2018 - 7:25PM
Hong Kong policeman arrested over rape of girl, 14, while out on bail facing sex assault allegations on two others

City’s force faces another blow to reputation, with latest case bringing number of arrests involving officers this year to 30.

City’s force faces another blow to reputation, with latest case bringing number of arrests involving officers this year to 30.

Hong Kong policeman arrested over rape of girl, 14, while out on bail facing sex assault allegations on two others
17 Aug 2018 - 11:15PM
Corruption claims involving ‘millions’ surface over plan to save Macau’s racing greyhounds, as prominent activist lodges complaint

Complaint lodged by activist Zoe Tang suggests issue involves contracting of private vet to sterilise 523 animals from casino hub’s now-defunct canidrome.

Complaint lodged by activist Zoe Tang suggests issue involves contracting of private vet to sterilise 523 animals from casino hub’s now-defunct canidrome.

Corruption claims involving ‘millions’ surface over plan to save Macau’s racing greyhounds, as prominent activist lodges complaint
9 Aug 2018 - 9:03PM
Macau poised to become richest place on the planet by 2020

According to figures from the IMF, the casino hub will overtake Qatar to have the highest per-capita gross domestic product.

According to figures from the IMF, the casino hub will overtake Qatar to have the highest per-capita gross domestic product.

Macau poised to become richest place on the planet by 2020
8 Aug 2018 - 5:15PM
Fears over fate of Macau greyhounds return as animal rights activist quits group, saying she could ‘no longer stay quiet’ over situation

Zoe Tang says government-imposed deadline to desex all 523 dogs within 60 days is ‘ridiculously tight’ and some could die.

Zoe Tang says government-imposed deadline to desex all 523 dogs within 60 days is ‘ridiculously tight’ and some could die.

Fears over fate of Macau greyhounds return as animal rights activist quits group, saying she could ‘no longer stay quiet’ over situation
14 Aug 2018 - 6:09PM
Request to change names of Hong Kong, Macau consulates ‘common sense’, China’s foreign ministry says

Spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says move to use just the name of the main base in missions’ formal titles will not affect their ability to discharge their duties.

Spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says move to use just the name of the main base in missions’ formal titles will not affect their ability to discharge their duties.

Request to change names of Hong Kong, Macau consulates ‘common sense’, China’s foreign ministry says
4 Aug 2018 - 12:48AM
China tells consulates in Hong Kong, Macau to use only one city in official title

Diplomats puzzled by request from Ministry of Foreign Affairs to use just the main base in the mission’s formal name.

Diplomats puzzled by request from Ministry of Foreign Affairs to use just the main base in the mission’s formal name.

China tells consulates in Hong Kong, Macau to use only one city in official title
3 Aug 2018 - 2:02PM
500 Macau canidrome dogs to live in lap of canine luxury courtesy of unlikely partnership

Billionaire businesswoman Angela Leong On-kei and rights activist Albano Martins team up to build home for displaced animals after closure of Asia’s last legal dog racing track.

Billionaire businesswoman Angela Leong On-kei and rights activist Albano Martins team up to build home for displaced animals after closure of Asia’s last legal dog racing track.

500 Macau canidrome dogs to live in lap of canine luxury courtesy of unlikely partnership
28 Jul 2018 - 5:30PM
Macau’s racing greyhounds on parade ahead of expected deal to finally secure their future

Animal rights activist says ‘things are going to work out well’ for all 533 greyhounds at the now defunct Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome.

Animal rights activist says ‘things are going to work out well’ for all 533 greyhounds at the now defunct Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome.

Macau’s racing greyhounds on parade ahead of expected deal to finally secure their future
27 Jul 2018 - 7:04AM
Businesswoman hits out at red tape after two-year battle to transfer greyhounds from Macau to Hong Kong

Sportswear company executive Kathleen Trainor tells of ‘highly confusing’ process to adopt dogs from now defunct Macau canidrome.

Sportswear company executive Kathleen Trainor tells of ‘highly confusing’ process to adopt dogs from now defunct Macau canidrome.

Businesswoman hits out at red tape after two-year battle to transfer greyhounds from Macau to Hong Kong
21 Jul 2018 - 10:51PM
Macau greyhounds in government care as Angela Leong misses deadline for securing their future

Casino hub’s dog track closes for good on Saturday, with fate of more than 600 animals still in limbo.

Casino hub’s dog track closes for good on Saturday, with fate of more than 600 animals still in limbo.

Macau greyhounds in government care as Angela Leong misses deadline for securing their future
20 Jul 2018 - 11:15PM
Angela Leong handed ultimatum over future of greyhounds at Macau’s dog track

With contract to run the canidrome soon to expire, government turns up the heat on influential local figure, amid fears for safety of 650 greyhounds.

With contract to run the canidrome soon to expire, government turns up the heat on influential local figure, amid fears for safety of 650 greyhounds.

Angela Leong handed ultimatum over future of greyhounds at Macau’s dog track
18 Jul 2018 - 11:18PM
More problem gamblers request bans from Macau’s casinos as gaming hub vows to tackle addiction

Move follows ban on off-duty employees going on casino floor but figures are still drop in ocean compared with overall visitor numbers.

Move follows ban on off-duty employees going on casino floor but figures are still drop in ocean compared with overall visitor numbers.

More problem gamblers request bans from Macau’s casinos as gaming hub vows to tackle addiction
17 Jul 2018 - 11:23PM
Chinese official denies alleged Malaysian 1MDB mastermind Jho Low fled Macau for mainland China

Jho Low, who faces Interpol warrant for his arrest, was believed to have left the casino hub via car or private jet.

Jho Low, who faces Interpol warrant for his arrest, was believed to have left the casino hub via car or private jet.

Chinese official denies alleged Malaysian 1MDB mastermind Jho Low fled Macau for mainland China
12 Jul 2018 - 12:37AM
Malaysian government file formal request for Macau police to arrest fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho

The alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal has been in hiding in Macau after leaving Hong Kong

The alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal has been in hiding in Macau after leaving Hong Kong

Malaysian government file formal request for Macau police to arrest fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho
10 Jul 2018 - 10:09PM
Fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho ‘stayed in upscale Hong Kong apartments before Macau trip’, despite Interpol red notice over 1MDB corruption scandal

Wanted financier thought to have managed to slip from one city to the other last week because neither Malaysia nor Singapore formally requested his arrest.

Wanted financier thought to have managed to slip from one city to the other last week because neither Malaysia nor Singapore formally requested his arrest.

Fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho ‘stayed in upscale Hong Kong apartments before Macau trip’, despite Interpol red notice over 1MDB corruption scandal
17 Dec 2019 - 5:45PM
Fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, fleeing 1MDB corruption scandal engulfing Najib Razak, has ‘either left Macau or applied for asylum’

Security insider in Macau says maximum period of 30 days Low Taek Jho would be allowed to stay in casino hub has passed and only possible option is to make asylum request with immigration authorities.

Security insider in Macau says maximum period of 30 days Low Taek Jho would be allowed to stay in casino hub has passed and only possible option is to make asylum request with immigration authorities.

Fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, fleeing 1MDB corruption scandal engulfing Najib Razak, has ‘either left Macau or applied for asylum’
6 Jul 2018 - 11:16PM
Police tight-lipped over claims fugitive Malaysian businessman Jho Low fled to Macau from Hong Kong

Hong Kong and Macau authorities silent after police official in Kuala Lumpur tells media that Malaysian financier at centre of country’s 1MDB scandal was thought to be in hiding.

Hong Kong and Macau authorities silent after police official in Kuala Lumpur tells media that Malaysian financier at centre of country’s 1MDB scandal was thought to be in hiding.

Police tight-lipped over claims fugitive Malaysian businessman Jho Low fled to Macau from Hong Kong
6 Jul 2018 - 1:11PM
Investigation reveals widespread abuse of Macau cash-for-residency scheme

Anti-corruption report sparks fears programme is being used for money laundering as residency rights were found to be granted for as little as 140,000-pataca (US$17,325) investment.

Anti-corruption report sparks fears programme is being used for money laundering as residency rights were found to be granted for as little as 140,000-pataca (US$17,325) investment.

Investigation reveals widespread abuse of Macau cash-for-residency scheme
5 Jul 2018 - 10:50AM