Phila Siu

Hong Kong

Phila Siu

Senior Reporter, Hong Kong

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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Cathay Pacific: with deadline looming, Hong Kong flight attendants threaten collective action over new contracts that will slash pay

Union says it has full support of membership and will ‘act fast’ if necessary after general meeting where some broke down in tears.

26 Oct 2020 - 11:19PM

Union says it has full support of membership and will ‘act fast’ if necessary after general meeting where some broke down in tears.

Cathay Pacific: with deadline looming, Hong Kong flight attendants threaten collective action over new contracts that will slash pay
Hong Kong financial chief predicts growth in mainland China will lift local economy in third quarter; six new Covid-19 cases confirmed

Returning momentum in mainland economy will have knock-on effect in financial hub, so long as pandemic remains under control, minister Paul Chan says.

25 Oct 2020 - 11:17PM

Returning momentum in mainland economy will have knock-on effect in financial hub, so long as pandemic remains under control, minister Paul Chan says.

Hong Kong financial chief predicts growth in mainland China will lift local economy in third quarter; six new Covid-19 cases confirmed
Thailand protests: is Milk Tea Alliance stirring global support?

Pro-democracy supporters are giving their backing to Thailand’s protesters - but how much difference does a hashtag really make?

25 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM

Pro-democracy supporters are giving their backing to Thailand’s protesters - but how much difference does a hashtag really make?

Thailand protests: is Milk Tea Alliance stirring global support?
Hong Kong residents overseas ask: why can’t we vote from abroad like Americans do?

With an amendment in the works to allow Hongkongers on the mainland to vote in local polls, residents elsewhere in the world wonder, ‘why can’t we?’

21 Oct 2020 - 8:26AM

With an amendment in the works to allow Hongkongers on the mainland to vote in local polls, residents elsewhere in the world wonder, ‘why can’t we?’

Hong Kong residents overseas ask: why can’t we vote from abroad like Americans do?
Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong leads calls for global support for Thai pro-democracy protests

Wong chanted slogans and flashed the three-finger Hunger Games salute outside the Thai consulate building in Admiralty.

23 Oct 2020 - 4:30PM

Wong chanted slogans and flashed the three-finger Hunger Games salute outside the Thai consulate building in Admiralty.

Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong leads calls for global support for Thai pro-democracy protests
Hong Kong has nothing to fear from surging Shenzhen, officials say, though city must remain proactive, seize opportunities

Finance secretary, former city leader among those urging residents to seek ways to maintain edge in wake of last week’s speech by President Xi Jinping.

18 Oct 2020 - 7:52PM

Finance secretary, former city leader among those urging residents to seek ways to maintain edge in wake of last week’s speech by President Xi Jinping.

Hong Kong has nothing to fear from surging Shenzhen, officials say, though city must remain proactive, seize opportunities
Hong Kong opposition figures accuse prison authorities of interfering with mail to and from inmates held over protests

The opposition members said that inmates jailed in relation to last year’s protests had been denied access to an annual report mailed by a support group.

14 Oct 2020 - 11:52PM

The opposition members said that inmates jailed in relation to last year’s protests had been denied access to an annual report mailed by a support group.

Hong Kong opposition figures accuse prison authorities of interfering with mail to and from inmates held over protests
Hong Kong election watchdog urges government to look into restricting primaries, setting up monitoring for mainland voting

Commission’s Monday report warns that primaries run risk of ‘causing confusion’ among voters, says public ‘very concerned’ about issue.

13 Oct 2020 - 12:52AM

Commission’s Monday report warns that primaries run risk of ‘causing confusion’ among voters, says public ‘very concerned’ about issue.

Hong Kong election watchdog urges government to look into restricting primaries, setting up monitoring for mainland voting
Lawyers for Hong Kong murder suspect who sparked extradition crisis say they have contacted Taiwan police, prosecutors on surrender

The murder victim’s mother, meanwhile, says she will not offer mitigating testimony for Chan Tong-kai if he has not boarded a flight by October 23.

12 Oct 2020 - 11:05PM

The murder victim’s mother, meanwhile, says she will not offer mitigating testimony for Chan Tong-kai if he has not boarded a flight by October 23.

Lawyers for Hong Kong murder suspect who sparked extradition crisis say they have contacted Taiwan police, prosecutors on surrender
Hong Kong Observatory downgrades typhoon warning signal to No 3 as Tropical Storm Nangka moves away

All day school classes suspended, transport services disrupted, with No 8 signal expected to remain in force most of the day.

13 Oct 2020 - 11:27PM

All day school classes suspended, transport services disrupted, with No 8 signal expected to remain in force most of the day.

Hong Kong Observatory downgrades typhoon warning signal to No 3 as Tropical Storm Nangka moves away
National security law: Hong Kong residents, protesters flock to Taiwan, but is it the right destination?

A growing number of Hongkongers have set their sights on the island in recent years. Many arrive lawfully but others have tried illegal means to get there.

10 Oct 2020 - 9:02AM

A growing number of Hongkongers have set their sights on the island in recent years. Many arrive lawfully but others have tried illegal means to get there.

National security law: Hong Kong residents, protesters flock to Taiwan, but is it the right destination?
Hong Kong seeks Thai consulate’s help over Covid-19 cluster threat, temporarily bans Nepal Airlines as city records 11 new cases

A total of four women from Thailand have been confirmed positive or tested preliminary positive since October 1.

5 Oct 2020 - 11:42PM

A total of four women from Thailand have been confirmed positive or tested preliminary positive since October 1.

Hong Kong seeks Thai consulate’s help over Covid-19 cluster threat, temporarily bans Nepal Airlines as city records 11 new cases
Hong Kong confirms five new Covid-19 cases; health officials ask police to help track down bar patrons as fears emerge of new cluster

Officials trying to locate source of infection of 22-year-old student who visited the bar in Kowloon.

4 Oct 2020 - 11:20PM

Officials trying to locate source of infection of 22-year-old student who visited the bar in Kowloon.

Hong Kong confirms five new Covid-19 cases; health officials ask police to help track down bar patrons as fears emerge of new cluster
Hong Kong care home evacuated after resident’s positive Covid-19 test, as city reports eight new cases

Yuen Long Home for the Elderly residents taken to quarantine centre near city’s airport late on Tuesday, after 71-year-old tests positive for virus.

30 Sep 2020 - 10:41PM

Yuen Long Home for the Elderly residents taken to quarantine centre near city’s airport late on Tuesday, after 71-year-old tests positive for virus.

Hong Kong care home evacuated after resident’s positive Covid-19 test, as city reports eight new cases
Hong Kong Labour Department meets with Indonesian consulate over possible costs employers could incur due to new rules for domestic workers

New rules in Indonesia intended to ensure departing domestic workers aren’t saddled with debt could mean higher costs for employers, welfare chief warns.

28 Sep 2020 - 12:01AM

New rules in Indonesia intended to ensure departing domestic workers aren’t saddled with debt could mean higher costs for employers, welfare chief warns.

Hong Kong Labour Department meets with Indonesian consulate over possible costs employers could incur due to new rules for domestic workers
Improper to raise minimum wage in battered economy, Hong Kong business leader says, warning more unpaid leave could follow move

City’s worst paid make HK$37.50 an hour, and Federation of Hong Kong Industries chief warns other workers could be put on unpaid leave if that goes up.

27 Sep 2020 - 9:58PM

City’s worst paid make HK$37.50 an hour, and Federation of Hong Kong Industries chief warns other workers could be put on unpaid leave if that goes up.

Improper to raise minimum wage in battered economy, Hong Kong business leader says, warning more unpaid leave could follow move
Coronavirus: Hong Kong construction crew quarantined as colleague sole locally transmitted infection among six new Covid-19 cases

One colleague at Kai Tak construction site has tested preliminary positive, while another was feeling ill when approached by health officials.

27 Sep 2020 - 6:04PM

One colleague at Kai Tak construction site has tested preliminary positive, while another was feeling ill when approached by health officials.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong construction crew quarantined as colleague sole locally transmitted infection among six new Covid-19 cases
No consensus on Hong Kong minimum wage for first time ever, sources say on commission meeting

Labour sector representatives say the wage should go up to at least HK$39 per hour, but business sector members insist on HK$37.50 or HK$38, citing poor economy.

24 Sep 2020 - 11:18PM

Labour sector representatives say the wage should go up to at least HK$39 per hour, but business sector members insist on HK$37.50 or HK$38, citing poor economy.

No consensus on Hong Kong minimum wage for first time ever, sources say on commission meeting
Coronavirus: Hong Kong government to give one-time handout of HK$10,000 to non-permanent residents in need

Critics of the move maintain newcomers to Hong Kong haven’t contributed enough to warrant help, while supporters insist they are part of the city’s fabric.

22 Sep 2020 - 1:17AM

Critics of the move maintain newcomers to Hong Kong haven’t contributed enough to warrant help, while supporters insist they are part of the city’s fabric.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong government to give one-time handout of HK$10,000 to non-permanent residents in need
Families of 12 detained activists take case to Hong Kong police, push for contact with loved ones, release of marine radar data

Force should be demanding information from mainland counterparts, they say, while urging Marine Department to release data from day of arrests.

21 Sep 2020 - 10:14AM

Force should be demanding information from mainland counterparts, they say, while urging Marine Department to release data from day of arrests.

Families of 12 detained activists take case to Hong Kong police, push for contact with loved ones, release of marine radar data
Hong Kong third wave: Covid-19 travel bubbles may require flights to forgo transit passengers, commerce minister says

Edward Yau stresses caution necessary in talks with potential travel partners, including need for testing at both ends of journey.

20 Oct 2020 - 1:02PM

Edward Yau stresses caution necessary in talks with potential travel partners, including need for testing at both ends of journey.

Hong Kong third wave: Covid-19 travel bubbles may require flights to forgo transit passengers, commerce minister says
Hong Kong’s two-week mass testing scheme ends with at least 32 Covid-19 carriers identified overall

A total of 1.78 million people had been tested and the final number of carriers identified through the programme will be announced later this week.

15 Sep 2020 - 8:33PM

A total of 1.78 million people had been tested and the final number of carriers identified through the programme will be announced later this week.

Hong Kong’s two-week mass testing scheme ends with at least 32 Covid-19 carriers identified overall
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to provide more Covid-19 subsidies to those struggling with social-distancing curbs, as city records 19 new infections

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says the government will seek Legislative Council approval this month for the next round of coronavirus relief measures.

14 Sep 2020 - 12:43AM

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says the government will seek Legislative Council approval this month for the next round of coronavirus relief measures.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong to provide more Covid-19 subsidies to those struggling with social-distancing curbs, as city records 19 new infections
Hong Kong police detain 15 over multimillion-dollar manipulation of Next Digital stock after Jimmy Lai arrest, cite heavy losses for investors

Suspects accused of posting messages on social media to boost trading volume and attract other buyers.

11 Sep 2020 - 12:56AM

Suspects accused of posting messages on social media to boost trading volume and attract other buyers.

Hong Kong police detain 15 over multimillion-dollar manipulation of Next Digital stock after Jimmy Lai arrest, cite heavy losses for investors
Hong Kong opposition group vows to take complaint against magistrate to judiciary, over case in which activist denied bail

Principal Magistrate Don So Man-lung comes under fire after rejecting bail for activist Tam Tak-chi, charged over uttering seditious words

10 Sep 2020 - 4:25PM

Principal Magistrate Don So Man-lung comes under fire after rejecting bail for activist Tam Tak-chi, charged over uttering seditious words

Hong Kong opposition group vows to take complaint against magistrate to judiciary, over case in which activist denied bail
Hong Kong protests: at least 289 arrested as scattered groups heed online calls to rally on postponed election day

Hongkongers were supposed to be casting their votes on Sunday to choose lawmakers for the next term but elections were postponed due to health crisis.

7 Sep 2020 - 7:52AM

Hongkongers were supposed to be casting their votes on Sunday to choose lawmakers for the next term but elections were postponed due to health crisis.

Hong Kong protests: at least 289 arrested as scattered groups heed online calls to rally on postponed election day
Just six Covid-19 cases in first batch of 128,000 Hongkongers tested in mass screening scheme – including four recovered patients

Four are recovered patients discharged last month but still carrying traces of the coronavirus.

4 Sep 2020 - 12:09AM

Four are recovered patients discharged last month but still carrying traces of the coronavirus.

Just six Covid-19 cases in first batch of 128,000 Hongkongers tested in mass screening scheme – including four recovered patients
Coronavirus: concerns mount over handling of waste at Hong Kong’s mass testing centres, as 152,000 more screened

Experts say the rubbish generated by testing facilities should be treated as clinical waste, though authorities insist current protocols are sufficient.

3 Sep 2020 - 7:23AM

Experts say the rubbish generated by testing facilities should be treated as clinical waste, though authorities insist current protocols are sufficient.

Coronavirus: concerns mount over handling of waste at Hong Kong’s mass testing centres, as 152,000 more screened
Coronavirus: 82,000 Hongkongers tested in first eight hours of Covid-19 screening scheme despite boycott calls

Number of people tested climbs as screening gets under way on Tuesday at 141 centres across all 18 districts of the city.

1 Sep 2020 - 9:28PM

Number of people tested climbs as screening gets under way on Tuesday at 141 centres across all 18 districts of the city.

Coronavirus: 82,000 Hongkongers tested in first eight hours of Covid-19 screening scheme despite boycott calls
Four arrested over attack on teenage girl in latest case of public bullying in Hong Kong

Police say the people involved in the attack knew each other, and that the incident appeared to revolve around a romantic dispute.

30 Aug 2020 - 5:41PM

Police say the people involved in the attack knew each other, and that the incident appeared to revolve around a romantic dispute.

Four arrested over attack on teenage girl in latest case of public bullying in Hong Kong