Phila Siu

Phila Siu, also known as Bobby, has been a journalist since 2009. He has reported on human rights, security, politics, and society in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a human rights law master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.
Phila Siu
Phila Siu, also known as Bobby, has been a journalist since 2009. He has reported on human rights, security, politics, and society in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a human rights law master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam blasts violence at Yuen Long and liaison office, amid further extradition bill unrest

‘Violence will only breed more violence,’ warns Lam, meeting the press with full team of top officials. Police commissioner and city chief defend force against allegations officers arrived too late to rampaging mob in New Territories.

23 Jul 2019 - 9:55AM

‘Violence will only breed more violence,’ warns Lam, meeting the press with full team of top officials. Police commissioner and city chief defend force against allegations officers arrived too late to rampaging mob in New Territories.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam blasts violence at Yuen Long and liaison office, amid further extradition bill unrest
Just over half of women in Hong Kong’s labour force are working or seeking jobs, well below rate in developed countries such as Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, report finds

A severe shortage of childcare places, hefty fees and short service hours are among the reasons the women’s labour force participation rate stands at just 50.8 per cent.

16 Jul 2019 - 10:32PM

A severe shortage of childcare places, hefty fees and short service hours are among the reasons the women’s labour force participation rate stands at just 50.8 per cent.

Just over half of women in Hong Kong’s labour force are working or seeking jobs, well below rate in developed countries such as Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, report finds
Head wounds, a severed finger, police and protesters in hospital: how a peaceful rally in Hong Kong descended into bloodshed and chaos in Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza mall

Protesters and local councillors blame police who ‘blocked demonstrators from exiting shopping centre’ while officers say they were forced to act after being hit with torrent of objects hurled from above.

16 Jul 2019 - 3:15PM

Protesters and local councillors blame police who ‘blocked demonstrators from exiting shopping centre’ while officers say they were forced to act after being hit with torrent of objects hurled from above.

Head wounds, a severed finger, police and protesters in hospital: how a peaceful rally in Hong Kong descended into bloodshed and chaos in Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza mall
Pitched battles on Hong Kong streets and inside shopping malls as police move to clear extradition bill protesters after stand-off

At least seven police injured, and an unknown number of demonstrators, after riot personnel move in to clear hundreds of extradition bill protesters from streets of Sha Tin.

15 Jul 2019 - 4:29PM

At least seven police injured, and an unknown number of demonstrators, after riot personnel move in to clear hundreds of extradition bill protesters from streets of Sha Tin.

Pitched battles on Hong Kong streets and inside shopping malls as police move to clear extradition bill protesters after stand-off
Hong Kong police accused of provoking protesters and failing to wear ID during Mong Kok chaos after extradition bill march

Force faces fresh criticism over handling of protesters after Sunday’s extradition march in Kowloon, but police say dispersal of crowd was vital for public safety.

9 Jul 2019 - 2:27PM

Force faces fresh criticism over handling of protesters after Sunday’s extradition march in Kowloon, but police say dispersal of crowd was vital for public safety.

Hong Kong police accused of provoking protesters and failing to wear ID during Mong Kok chaos after extradition bill march
Protesters and police fight pitched battles in late-night showdown after mass rally against Hong Kong extradition bill

Police say they arrested six people as unrest returns to the streets of Hong Kong following peaceful march.

8 Jul 2019 - 12:26PM

Police say they arrested six people as unrest returns to the streets of Hong Kong following peaceful march.

Protesters and police fight pitched battles in late-night showdown after mass rally against Hong Kong extradition bill
Man suspected of killing teenager in northern Hong Kong suburb on Saturday night has fled to mainland China, say police

Man, 27, is believed to have killed victim using knife after altercation with female colleague at hair salon. He discarded knife, changed clothes and went to mainland after attack.

7 Jul 2019 - 8:03PM

Man, 27, is believed to have killed victim using knife after altercation with female colleague at hair salon. He discarded knife, changed clothes and went to mainland after attack.

Man suspected of killing teenager in northern Hong Kong suburb on Saturday night has fled to mainland China, say police
What next for Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters?

Weeks in and Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protesters feel they have little to show for their efforts. As despair sets in, will defiance fade – or burn brighter?

6 Jul 2019 - 4:51PM

Weeks in and Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protesters feel they have little to show for their efforts. As despair sets in, will defiance fade – or burn brighter?

What next for Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters?
Customs officials seize US$61,450 worth of counterfeit goods on truck entering Hong Kong from mainland China

Vehicle stopped at Man Kam To Control Point on border with Shenzhen last Thursday, with 2,000 pirated items found on board.

2 Jul 2019 - 9:25PM

Vehicle stopped at Man Kam To Control Point on border with Shenzhen last Thursday, with 2,000 pirated items found on board.

Customs officials seize US$61,450 worth of counterfeit goods on truck entering Hong Kong from mainland China
Protesters storm and vandalise Legislative Council as anarchy and violence engulf Hong Kong government centre

Ugly scenes erupt as mob uses makeshift weapons to smash into building and ransacks the centre of city’s administrative power.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:50AM

Ugly scenes erupt as mob uses makeshift weapons to smash into building and ransacks the centre of city’s administrative power.

Protesters storm and vandalise Legislative Council as anarchy and violence engulf Hong Kong government centre
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam makes first appearance in a week to reassure under-fire police they have her full support

Chief executive meets heads of police unions to thank them for staying in their posts and fulfilling their duties under severe pressure, while top officials urge protesters not to vent anger against government on frontline police officers.

28 Jun 2019 - 12:49PM

Chief executive meets heads of police unions to thank them for staying in their posts and fulfilling their duties under severe pressure, while top officials urge protesters not to vent anger against government on frontline police officers.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam makes first appearance in a week to reassure under-fire police they have her full support
Nothing independent about Hong Kong police complaints process say critics, as watchdog floats idea of special panel to investigate extradition bill violence

Independent Police Complaints Council chairman Anthony Neoh recommends a ‘study’ into clashes, but critics raise concerns over impartiality of council they say is made up of pro-government or conservative figures.

28 Jun 2019 - 8:39AM

Independent Police Complaints Council chairman Anthony Neoh recommends a ‘study’ into clashes, but critics raise concerns over impartiality of council they say is made up of pro-government or conservative figures.

Nothing independent about Hong Kong police complaints process say critics, as watchdog floats idea of special panel to investigate extradition bill violence
Hong Kong police quit posts at two city hospitals after complaining they were verbally abused over extradition bill arrests

Tensions have reached boiling point with officers claiming they have been subjected to online hate campaign after protesters were arrested seeking treatment.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:22AM

Tensions have reached boiling point with officers claiming they have been subjected to online hate campaign after protesters were arrested seeking treatment.

Hong Kong police quit posts at two city hospitals after complaining they were verbally abused over extradition bill arrests
Hong Kong police accused of harassing hospital staff during searches for extradition bill protesters as medical and legal professionals call on officers to behave

About 80 medical and legal practitioners, together with six professional groups, sign petition calling on police force to stop its actions in public hospitals.

24 Jun 2019 - 10:03AM

About 80 medical and legal practitioners, together with six professional groups, sign petition calling on police force to stop its actions in public hospitals.

Hong Kong police accused of harassing hospital staff during searches for extradition bill protesters as medical and legal professionals call on officers to behave
Scoffing in Singapore, praise in Philippines: how Asia sees Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests

The marches that involved an estimated 2 million people have inspired a range of views from the region’s citizens and direct action veterans. Some see hope in Hongkongers’ audacity, while others go from condemnation to ambivalence.

24 Jun 2019 - 2:25PM

The marches that involved an estimated 2 million people have inspired a range of views from the region’s citizens and direct action veterans. Some see hope in Hongkongers’ audacity, while others go from condemnation to ambivalence.

Scoffing in Singapore, praise in Philippines: how Asia sees Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests
Questions over credibility of Hong Kong Police Force as security chief says riot squad uniforms have no room for officers’ identity numbers

Special Tactical Squad members accused of police brutality did not have their identifying numbers displayed on their uniforms, but at the same time, hundreds of frontline officers complained of bullying and a public hate campaign, including posting of personal data online.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:51PM

Special Tactical Squad members accused of police brutality did not have their identifying numbers displayed on their uniforms, but at the same time, hundreds of frontline officers complained of bullying and a public hate campaign, including posting of personal data online.

Questions over credibility of Hong Kong Police Force as security chief says riot squad uniforms have no room for officers’ identity numbers
As it happened: Chief Executive Carrie Lam issues 'most sincere' apology over handling of Hong Kong extradition bill

Lam admits her governance in next three years will be difficult and promises to do her best to mend social divide.

18 Jun 2019 - 10:50PM

Lam admits her governance in next three years will be difficult and promises to do her best to mend social divide.

As it happened: Chief Executive Carrie Lam issues 'most sincere' apology over handling of Hong Kong extradition bill
Hundreds gather near Hong Kong Legco a day before second reading of extradition bill, as tensions with police rise

Tensions running high at nearby Admiralty station where officers are searching the bags of individuals, with some accusing police of abusing their power.

12 Jun 2019 - 3:44AM

Tensions running high at nearby Admiralty station where officers are searching the bags of individuals, with some accusing police of abusing their power.

Hundreds gather near Hong Kong Legco a day before second reading of extradition bill, as tensions with police rise
Hundreds of thousands of protesters, one extradition bill: why flagging fortunes of Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers could be in for a revival

New momentum from Sunday’s protest and other rallies in coming weeks could bolster the pro-democracy camp and even help win votes in upcoming elections.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:08AM

New momentum from Sunday’s protest and other rallies in coming weeks could bolster the pro-democracy camp and even help win votes in upcoming elections.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters, one extradition bill: why flagging fortunes of Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers could be in for a revival
About 100 businesses pledge to close doors to allow workers to join another protest against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill

A growing list of businesses, including bakeries, toy stores and snack shops, say they will close their doors on Wednesday.

11 Jun 2019 - 8:38PM

A growing list of businesses, including bakeries, toy stores and snack shops, say they will close their doors on Wednesday.

About 100 businesses pledge to close doors to allow workers to join another protest against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill
Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent

Officers and protesters suffered injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police used batons and pepper spray to beat back a mob of masked demonstrators trying to storm the Legislative Council building.

10 Jun 2019 - 5:55PM

Officers and protesters suffered injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police used batons and pepper spray to beat back a mob of masked demonstrators trying to storm the Legislative Council building.

Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent
Human sea of white washes through Hong Kong as masses register anger over extradition bill

They came, young and old and from all walks of lives, to say no to the government’s proposed law amendments.

10 Jun 2019 - 6:08PM

They came, young and old and from all walks of lives, to say no to the government’s proposed law amendments.

Human sea of white washes through Hong Kong as masses register anger over extradition bill
From Vancouver to New York to Brisbane, rallies around world express solidarity with Hong Kong’s mass protest against extradition agreement

Rallies held in 12 countries and 29 cities, including Berlin, Brisbane, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as Tokyo, Sydney and Taipei.

10 Jun 2019 - 1:54PM

Rallies held in 12 countries and 29 cities, including Berlin, Brisbane, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as Tokyo, Sydney and Taipei.

From Vancouver to New York to Brisbane, rallies around world express solidarity with Hong Kong’s mass protest against extradition agreement
Hong Kong’s domestic worker shortage: Bangladesh can help out, even if Indonesia can’t

Hong Kong needs more foreign domestic workers, not only to care for its ageing population, but also to counter a policy long threatened by Indonesia.

9 Jun 2019 - 9:24AM

Hong Kong needs more foreign domestic workers, not only to care for its ageing population, but also to counter a policy long threatened by Indonesia.

Hong Kong’s domestic worker shortage: Bangladesh can help out, even if Indonesia can’t
Move over, ‘Made in China’. It’s the ‘Made in Bangladesh’ era now

Soaring wages at home have seen many Chinese firms set up shop in Bangladesh, boosting its economic growth

8 Jun 2019 - 7:10PM

Soaring wages at home have seen many Chinese firms set up shop in Bangladesh, boosting its economic growth

Move over, ‘Made in China’. It’s the ‘Made in Bangladesh’ era now
Pork prices expected to double during Dragon Boat Festival as Hong Kong slaughterhouse reopens following swine fever shutdown

Government-owned abattoir in Sheung Shui opened its doors again on Thursday, having been closed for five days.

6 Jun 2019 - 10:55PM

Government-owned abattoir in Sheung Shui opened its doors again on Thursday, having been closed for five days.

Pork prices expected to double during Dragon Boat Festival as Hong Kong slaughterhouse reopens following swine fever shutdown
China-Philippines war over South China Sea? Duterte is fear mongering, says Hague tribunal point man Florin Hilbay

The man who led the Philippines to victory when a court in The Hague ruled against Beijing’s claims wants a tougher stand by Manila.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:01AM

The man who led the Philippines to victory when a court in The Hague ruled against Beijing’s claims wants a tougher stand by Manila.

China-Philippines war over South China Sea? Duterte is fear mongering, says Hague tribunal point man Florin Hilbay
Porsche driver leads Hong Kong police on car chase, ramming vehicle into two others

Motorist refused to pull over, leading to a 3km pursuit in Yuen Long.

3 Jun 2019 - 4:16PM

Motorist refused to pull over, leading to a 3km pursuit in Yuen Long.

Porsche driver leads Hong Kong police on car chase, ramming vehicle into two others
Corpse washes up on beach at Cape D’Aguilar, Hong Kong

The body, of a man in his 30s, had wounds to the face and forehead.

2 Jun 2019 - 1:14PM

The body, of a man in his 30s, had wounds to the face and forehead.

Corpse washes up on beach at Cape D’Aguilar, Hong Kong
Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?

Chinese migrants have a long history of seeking better lives in Southeast Asia. But as a new breed of worker from an ascendant China ruffles feathers, a backlash threatens the immigrant dream.

12 Jul 2019 - 11:23AM

Chinese migrants have a long history of seeking better lives in Southeast Asia. But as a new breed of worker from an ascendant China ruffles feathers, a backlash threatens the immigrant dream.

Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?