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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New agricultural park will boost Hong Kong’s vegetable production but farmers are not happy they cannot live on site

Site at Kwu Tung South in the New Territories will have dormitories for farmers to rest in but government wants to maximise arable land.

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Site at Kwu Tung South in the New Territories will have dormitories for farmers to rest in but government wants to maximise arable land.

New agricultural park will boost Hong Kong’s vegetable production but farmers are not happy they cannot live on site
Lantau Tomorrow Vision: it would take two and a half Li Ka-shings to pay for it. Here’s what else HK$624 billion could get you

The creation of 1,000 hectares of man-made islands to the west of Hong Kong Island, providing up to 260,000 flats, will cost an eye-watering HK$624 billion (US$80 billion).

20 Mar 2019 - 2:00PM

The creation of 1,000 hectares of man-made islands to the west of Hong Kong Island, providing up to 260,000 flats, will cost an eye-watering HK$624 billion (US$80 billion).

Lantau Tomorrow Vision: it would take two and a half Li Ka-shings to pay for it. Here’s what else HK$624 billion could get you
Newly retired ICAC investigation chief Ricky Chu tipped to take over as head of Hong Kong’s equality watchdog

Sources say a selection board has shortlisted Chu, 65, to become the new head of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

19 Mar 2019 - 5:06PM

Sources say a selection board has shortlisted Chu, 65, to become the new head of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Newly retired ICAC investigation chief Ricky Chu tipped to take over as head of Hong Kong’s equality watchdog
Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong officials lied to UN Human Rights Council about city’s high degree of autonomy, activists say

Coalition hits out at city’s No 2 official over remarks made at five-yearly Universal Periodic Review session in Geneva. Campaigners point out that in previous event, member countries had not filed recommendations to Hong Kong about human rights and rule of law.

17 Mar 2019 - 11:27PM

Coalition hits out at city’s No 2 official over remarks made at five-yearly Universal Periodic Review session in Geneva. Campaigners point out that in previous event, member countries had not filed recommendations to Hong Kong about human rights and rule of law.

Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong officials lied to UN Human Rights Council about city’s high degree of autonomy, activists say
Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department should be able to act without reference to US peer, experts say after Boeing 737 MAX ban

Industry insiders agree city regulator made the right call. But they add it could have come more quickly, without regard for its counterpart in Boeing’s home country.

14 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Industry insiders agree city regulator made the right call. But they add it could have come more quickly, without regard for its counterpart in Boeing’s home country.

Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department should be able to act without reference to US peer, experts say after Boeing 737 MAX ban
Labour Department to strengthen penalties for construction safety violations, to fall more in line with international standards

Penalties will go up from HK$200,000 to HK$6 million, or 10 per cent of the offending company’s turnover.

14 Mar 2019 - 7:30AM

Penalties will go up from HK$200,000 to HK$6 million, or 10 per cent of the offending company’s turnover.

Labour Department to strengthen penalties for construction safety violations, to fall more in line with international standards
Overworked public doctors call for hospital red tape to be cut after meeting Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Demands made in a meeting between Lam and 17 representatives from the Public Doctors’ Association and Frontline Doctors’ Union on Tuesday night.

13 Mar 2019 - 7:17AM

Demands made in a meeting between Lam and 17 representatives from the Public Doctors’ Association and Frontline Doctors’ Union on Tuesday night.

Overworked public doctors call for hospital red tape to be cut after meeting Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
St Paul’s Secondary School in Hong Kong apologises over ‘hasty decision’ to call police on Form Six pupils taking farewell photos

In a statement posted on its website on Monday, St Paul’s Secondary School in Happy Valley also pledged to evaluate future arrangements.

11 Mar 2019 - 11:59PM

In a statement posted on its website on Monday, St Paul’s Secondary School in Happy Valley also pledged to evaluate future arrangements.

St Paul’s Secondary School in Hong Kong apologises over ‘hasty decision’ to call police on Form Six pupils taking farewell photos
Discrepancy in law prompts city to suspend enforcement in parks and leisure sites of no-smoking laws and other legislation

A difference between Chinese and English versions of relevant laws means paperwork is not currently in order to enforce them.

11 Mar 2019 - 10:44PM

A difference between Chinese and English versions of relevant laws means paperwork is not currently in order to enforce them.

Discrepancy in law prompts city to suspend enforcement in parks and leisure sites of no-smoking laws and other legislation
Hong Kong man had brain tumour – but doctors at Kwong Wah Hospital forgot to tell him

Lee Shu-leung is a shadow of his former self after a 19-month delay to his treatment. He and his wife are asking how hospital staff failed to even pick up the phone and call.

8 Mar 2019 - 11:47AM

Lee Shu-leung is a shadow of his former self after a 19-month delay to his treatment. He and his wife are asking how hospital staff failed to even pick up the phone and call.

Hong Kong man had brain tumour – but doctors at Kwong Wah Hospital forgot to tell him
Former Hong Kong leader CY Leung rejects judge’s suggestion of being ‘accommodated’ in sandwich assault case

Ex-chief executive points to previous trial where he testified in court, and also claims he did so at activist Avery Ng’s hearing. Ng, who won his appeal against the conviction, says opponent is playing with words and urges Leung to ‘talk less nonsense’.

7 Mar 2019 - 10:53PM

Ex-chief executive points to previous trial where he testified in court, and also claims he did so at activist Avery Ng’s hearing. Ng, who won his appeal against the conviction, says opponent is playing with words and urges Leung to ‘talk less nonsense’.

Former Hong Kong leader CY Leung rejects judge’s suggestion of being ‘accommodated’ in sandwich assault case
Jailed mogul Thomas Kwok has no plans to get back in the hot seat at Sun Hung Kai Properties when he is released later this month, says brother

Raymond Kwok says his brother, who is set to be freed from a five-year prison term for corruption, wants to spend more time on activities at his church. Kwok was convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office in 2014 for bribing former chief secretary Rafael Hui.

6 Mar 2019 - 10:56PM

Raymond Kwok says his brother, who is set to be freed from a five-year prison term for corruption, wants to spend more time on activities at his church. Kwok was convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office in 2014 for bribing former chief secretary Rafael Hui.

Jailed mogul Thomas Kwok has no plans to get back in the hot seat at Sun Hung Kai Properties when he is released later this month, says brother
Beijing blasts ‘distortion and defamation’ after US Consul Kurt Tong questions Hong Kong’s autonomy

Top US diplomat in Hong Kong says Beijing is ‘intimately’ involved in the city’s decision-making, drawing fierce criticism from pro-establishment camp.

2 Mar 2019 - 10:20AM

Top US diplomat in Hong Kong says Beijing is ‘intimately’ involved in the city’s decision-making, drawing fierce criticism from pro-establishment camp.

Beijing blasts ‘distortion and defamation’ after US Consul Kurt Tong questions Hong Kong’s autonomy
Stop passing the buck on complaints, Hong Kong Ombudsman tells government departments

In parting shot Connie Lau tells officials to ‘stop kicking responsibility around like a football’.

25 Feb 2019 - 6:45AM

In parting shot Connie Lau tells officials to ‘stop kicking responsibility around like a football’.

Stop passing the buck on complaints, Hong Kong Ombudsman tells government departments
Taxis sail through new HK$36 billion Hong Kong bypass as journey times between busy city districts are cut in half

Taxi bosses hail difference new road has made in battle against losing customers to MTR rail services, as transport minister Frank Chan says full opening of new Central-Wan Chai link went smoothly.

24 Feb 2019 - 10:49PM

Taxi bosses hail difference new road has made in battle against losing customers to MTR rail services, as transport minister Frank Chan says full opening of new Central-Wan Chai link went smoothly.

Taxis sail through new HK$36 billion Hong Kong bypass as journey times between busy city districts are cut in half
Problems parents face and how to solve the language question for ethnic minority pupils in Hong Kong

Many ethnic minority children born and raised in Hong Kong are only as proficient in Chinese as a Primary Two pupil when they graduate from Secondary Six, an NGO says. So what can be done to help them?

21 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM

Many ethnic minority children born and raised in Hong Kong are only as proficient in Chinese as a Primary Two pupil when they graduate from Secondary Six, an NGO says. So what can be done to help them?

Problems parents face and how to solve the language question for ethnic minority pupils in Hong Kong
Mikhy Farrera Brochez, American man at heart of Singapore’s HIV data scandal, ran Hong Kong centre for special needs children

American man Mikhy Farrera Brochez leaked details of 14,200 people with HIV in Singapore after being deported over fraud and drug-related offences.

22 Feb 2019 - 10:33PM

American man Mikhy Farrera Brochez leaked details of 14,200 people with HIV in Singapore after being deported over fraud and drug-related offences.

Mikhy Farrera Brochez, American man at heart of Singapore’s HIV data scandal, ran Hong Kong centre for special needs children
Hong Kong’s Central-Wan Chai Bypass to fully open on February 24 after month-long first-stage operations

Drivers from North Point can then travel directly to Western district or the Western Harbour Tunnel without troublesome U-turn. Authorities assure public that road signs have been updated and feedback was considered after test drives

19 Feb 2019 - 2:18PM

Drivers from North Point can then travel directly to Western district or the Western Harbour Tunnel without troublesome U-turn. Authorities assure public that road signs have been updated and feedback was considered after test drives

Hong Kong’s Central-Wan Chai Bypass to fully open on February 24 after month-long first-stage operations
Self-harm and broken hearts: the love lives of Hong Kong’s teens laid bare in new survey

Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups highlights romantic entanglements of city’s children, with one in four claiming to have had first relationship before they were 13.

14 Feb 2019 - 12:13PM

Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups highlights romantic entanglements of city’s children, with one in four claiming to have had first relationship before they were 13.

Self-harm and broken hearts: the love lives of Hong Kong’s teens laid bare in new survey
American man Mikhy Farrera Brochez who leaked HIV data a ‘pathological liar’, says Singapore government

Mikhy Farrera Brochez claimed in a series of Facebook posts that he had been tortured by Singapore police and gang raped by inmates who gave him HIV.

14 Feb 2019 - 12:30PM

Mikhy Farrera Brochez claimed in a series of Facebook posts that he had been tortured by Singapore police and gang raped by inmates who gave him HIV.

American man Mikhy Farrera Brochez who leaked HIV data a ‘pathological liar’, says Singapore government
Mainland Chinese tourists prefer Australia, Japan and Singapore over Hong Kong, survey finds, citing outdoor attractions

Trend reflects concerns of city’s Tourism Board, which earlier said such travellers now see Hong Kong only as a short-term destination.

3 Feb 2019 - 10:03AM

Trend reflects concerns of city’s Tourism Board, which earlier said such travellers now see Hong Kong only as a short-term destination.

Mainland Chinese tourists prefer Australia, Japan and Singapore over Hong Kong, survey finds, citing outdoor attractions
Mainland Chinese visitors drive Hong Kong’s tourist numbers to record high of 65.1 million

Overnight visitors from the mainland were up 7.4 per cent and day trippers shot up 20.1 per cent. The Tourism Board however expects 2019 to be a ‘bumpy and unpredictable’ year thanks to an economic slowdown in China and uncertainty in the world economy.

1 Feb 2019 - 8:26AM

Overnight visitors from the mainland were up 7.4 per cent and day trippers shot up 20.1 per cent. The Tourism Board however expects 2019 to be a ‘bumpy and unpredictable’ year thanks to an economic slowdown in China and uncertainty in the world economy.

Mainland Chinese visitors drive Hong Kong’s tourist numbers to record high of 65.1 million
Hong Kong retail sales jump 8.8 per cent to US$62.2 billion in 2018 but industry body warns US-China trade war may mean leaner times are ahead

Hong Kong Retail Management Association says the trade war has affected mainland China’s economy and consumers’ spending power.

31 Jan 2019 - 2:24AM

Hong Kong Retail Management Association says the trade war has affected mainland China’s economy and consumers’ spending power.

Hong Kong retail sales jump 8.8 per cent to US$62.2 billion in 2018 but industry body warns US-China trade war may mean leaner times are ahead
Eligibility rules for Hong Kong’s electric car trade-in scheme should be scrapped, owners say

There are easy ways around them anyway, says owners’ group’s leader, who also demands action on charging stations in car parks at housing estates.

29 Jan 2019 - 9:42PM

There are easy ways around them anyway, says owners’ group’s leader, who also demands action on charging stations in car parks at housing estates.

Eligibility rules for Hong Kong’s electric car trade-in scheme should be scrapped, owners say
Hong Kong accelerates electric car scheme after just 321 motorists trade in old vehicle for HK$250,000 tax break

Rules relaxed for scheme granting HK$250,000 concession after lukewarm response last year.

28 Jan 2019 - 11:22PM

Rules relaxed for scheme granting HK$250,000 concession after lukewarm response last year.

Hong Kong accelerates electric car scheme after just 321 motorists trade in old vehicle for HK$250,000 tax break
Government may cave on HK$200 penalty for elderly who don’t try to find work, as lawmakers prepare for meeting with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong chief executive as lawmakers stand united against unpopular changes.

28 Jan 2019 - 9:10AM

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong chief executive as lawmakers stand united against unpopular changes.

Government may cave on HK$200 penalty for elderly who don’t try to find work, as lawmakers prepare for meeting with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
‘Rampant bullying’ among Hong Kong public hospital staff adds to tensions in sector reeling from manpower shortage

Workers’ union says overburdened public hospital sector is in its ‘darkest era’ under weight of problems, urging authorities to set up anti-bullying policies. Proposals include allowing union representatives to sit in on meetings.

27 Jan 2019 - 10:32PM

Workers’ union says overburdened public hospital sector is in its ‘darkest era’ under weight of problems, urging authorities to set up anti-bullying policies. Proposals include allowing union representatives to sit in on meetings.

‘Rampant bullying’ among Hong Kong public hospital staff adds to tensions in sector reeling from manpower shortage
Who gave Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra a Cambodian passport?

Officials insist Thailand’s former leader Yingluck Shinawatra hasn’t been given a Cambodian passport. So how she used one to register a company in Hong Kong is a mystery that points to the ‘highest levels’, observers say

26 Jan 2019 - 3:07PM

Officials insist Thailand’s former leader Yingluck Shinawatra hasn’t been given a Cambodian passport. So how she used one to register a company in Hong Kong is a mystery that points to the ‘highest levels’, observers say

Who gave Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra a Cambodian passport?
Passports for sale: Yingluck is Cambodian, Jho Low is from St Kitts. Here’s where you could be from (if you have the cash)

Whether you’re running from the law or the taxman, or just seeking a smile at immigration, nationalities are yours for the taking (if you’ve got US$100,000+). So with the world your oyster, what country gives the best bang for your buck?

28 Jan 2019 - 4:41PM

Whether you’re running from the law or the taxman, or just seeking a smile at immigration, nationalities are yours for the taking (if you’ve got US$100,000+). So with the world your oyster, what country gives the best bang for your buck?

Passports for sale: Yingluck is Cambodian, Jho Low is from St Kitts. Here’s where you could be from (if you have the cash)
Hong Kong hospital wards packed like Chinese restaurants, doctors complain as deadly flu surge grips city

Frustration boiling over at what staff see as no improvement in 30 years, according to veteran paediatrician.

1 Feb 2019 - 4:16PM

Frustration boiling over at what staff see as no improvement in 30 years, according to veteran paediatrician.

Hong Kong hospital wards packed like Chinese restaurants, doctors complain as deadly flu surge grips city