Hong Kong bakery finds success with anti-extradition mooncakes and cookies – but police supporters bite back

A Hong Kong bakery has won over the protest crowd with mooncakes and cookies inscribed with anti-extradition slogans, but the politicised baked goods have given rise to boycott calls – and worse – from police supporters.Wah Yee Tang Bakery in Sheung Wan began making the mooncakes on Monday. The shop’s owner, who wished to be […]

Two retired policemen among three people arrested over clashes sparked by ‘Lennon Walls’, Hong Kong’s latest show of defiance against hated extradition bill

Two former police officers, along with another man, have been arrested in Hong Kong over assaults on extradition bill protesters at “Lennon Walls” in separate clashes just hours apart.The Post has learned that two retired policemen, aged 56 and 57, were arrested for assault during a confrontation with demonstrators at the “Lennon Wall” at Yau […]

Making the big leap from school to university – what could possibly go wrong?

Many parents who attended university recall an application process that, in retrospect, seemed to take care of itself. Surely this will be the same for their children? Alas, it was a simpler world then, with fewer choices and competing applicants per place. While I do warn parents about agencies that seek to ramp up their […]

Budweiser’s mega IPO falls flat with Hong Kong investors as high borrowing costs take the fizz out of demand

For many people there is nothing worse than a flat beer. Demand in Hong Kong for the biggest IPO of the year so far was anything but sparkling as Budweiser Brewing Company APAC’s shares proved they were not to everyone’s taste.The retail offering, which ran from Monday until noon on Thursday, is probably about 3.7 […]

A farmer with six ‘wives’, a mix-up of dead bodies and Hong Kong preparing for a space station crash

An Italian man with six “wives” being taken to court and Hong Kong preparing for a potential crash landing of a US space station made the headlines four decades ago this week.July 8, 1979● A special gold coin would be minted by two American companies, with sales proceeds donated to Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong […]

Pay rise for Hong Kong’s 173,000 civil servants to be delayed for months due to protesters’ damage to Legislative Council complex

The annual pay rise of Hong Kong’s nearly 173,000 civil servants cannot happen for months because of the damage to the legislature caused by recent extradition protests, senior union leaders said on Wednesday.Li Kwai-yin, president of the Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants’ Association, and Steven Wong Hung-lok, chairman of the Senior Government Officers Association, said […]

In the spotlight for once, the Executive Council – the de facto cabinet of Hong Kong’s chief executive – is taking flak for its advising of Carrie Lam in the extradition bill crisis

More used to discussing government business in closed-door sessions, members of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s quasi-cabinet have been in the media spotlight recently over their roles as Lam’s top advisers in the political debacle triggered by the government’s handling of the fugitive bill, which Lam has conceded was a “total failure”.As calls […]

Chinese language barrier for Hong Kong’s ethnic minority students in Diploma of Secondary Education

Eighteen-year-old Bisma Naz saw her hard work pay off on Wednesday when the results of her university entrance exams exceeded her expectations.The Pakistani-born and locally raised teenager was surprised to rack up 24 points in this year’s Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examinations (DSE).Naz was among the 55,000 full and part-time candidates who took […]

Viral Facebook video of maggot-infested cherries posted in Canada hits sales of fruit in Hong Kong markets

The summer fruit season has returned to Hong Kong with cheaper but fewer cherries from the United States for a disturbing reason.The US – primarily the northwest region, which is the biggest supplier of cherries in the city – saw farmers complaining about soured consumer confidence in the juicy produce after a viral video on […]

An ode to Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters, penned by Vietnamese-American dissidents

When Vietnamese-American musician and television producer Trúc Ho came to Hong Kong to join the “umbrella movement” in 2014, a melody came to him, along with the words “freedom, democracy, is all that we need”.These beginnings of a tune would not gestate into a fully fledged song until June 16 this year, however, when the […]

Clashes break out over extradition bill at ‘Lennon Wall’ near Hong Kong MTR station between protesters and supporters of Carrie Lam

Chaos broke out at a “Lennon Wall” on Wednesday night as government backers tried to remove sticky messages posted in support of the anti-extradition bill movement.The row erupted by a wall plastered with colourful notes of protest near Yau Tong MTR station in Kwun Tong district, with at least three men arrested and one person […]

University of Hong Kong president vows to condemn all violence at extradition bill protests after students accuse him of ‘singling out’ demonstrators who stormed Legislative Council

The head of Hong Kong’s oldest university issued a clarification on Wednesday condemning all violence after a student petition demanded he retract a controversial statement they said singled out protesters.Amid the threat of campus demonstrations on Friday and Saturday, the University of Hong Kong President Professor Zhang Xiang said he would condemn proven acts of […]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam launches public consultation for policy address. Critics accuse her of sidestepping extradition bill crisis while allies ask for sweeteners

Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader has pledged to listen “humbly” as she launched a public consultation exercise for her annual policy address on Wednesday, but critics accused her of sidestepping the current governance crisis over the suspended extradition bill.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s pro-establishment allies, many of whom had previously expressed disappointment over the government’s […]

Hong Kong students overcome mental and physical challenges to emerge winners in Diploma of Secondary Education exam

The release of the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) examination results made Wednesday a day of celebrations for many students of Hong Kong who overcame various challenges to achieve personal feats.Despite suffering from severe low vision, Hong Kong Taoist Association Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School’s graduate Tse Sze-man, 18, managed to get the top grades […]

Pocari Sweat among big brand advertisers ditching Hong Kong broadcaster TVB over claims its extradition bill protest coverage was biased

Hong Kong’s largest television station has been losing advertisers after online calls to boycott the broadcaster after it was accused of pro-Beijing bias in recent coverage of the city’s extradition bill protests.Leaked messages on Wednesday showed global brands such as Pocari Sweat, the Japanese sports drink, and Pizza Hut, the US restaurant giant, had either […]

Superstar student from St Paul’s Co-educational College, who took year out to defeat leukaemia, scores 5** clean sweep in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams

Anson Kam Chun-kei was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was in Primary Four, forcing him to take a year off school for treatment.Fast forward about 10 years, not only had the 19-year-old overcome cancer, he became one of six super achievers in the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams, which are the main route into […]

Most MTR Corp employees in Hong Kong set to get pay rise of at least 4.2 per cent

Hong Kong’s embattled MTR Corporation on Wednesday revealed that most of its staff would get a pay rise of at least 4.2 per cent and a 1.3-month annual bonus this year.The corporation’s offer, which followed a pay review for about 17,600 staff in Hong Kong, was the highest in three years. There were increases of […]

Top scorers in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination voice opposition to government’s extradition bill

A group of top scorers in this year’s university entrance exam have voiced opposition to Hong Kong’s divisive extradition bill and called on city leaders to listen to the public if they want to resolve the recent social crisis.Seven of the highest-scoring students from four leading secondary schools – La Salle College, Diocesan Girls’ School, […]

Police hunt suspected poisoner after four dogs die and three fall ill at Hong Kong village house

Four of seven dogs suspected to have been poisoned died at a village house in the Hong Kong border area of Ta Kwu Ling on Wednesday, sparking a criminal investigation.The three surviving dogs were taken to the headquarters of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Wan Chai, where they were […]

Young people not a problem and most have protested in peaceful and reasonable manner, says Hong Kong education minister

Hong Kong’s education minister says the city’s young people are not a problem and that most of them peacefully expressed their concern about society in recent protests.Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung on Wednesday also pledged to help the government to communicate better with students, so that officials can understand and consider young people’s needs […]

‘Lennon Walls’ loaded with protest messages spring up across Hong Kong as police in Tai Po jump into action to remove posts featuring personal information of officer targeted after clashes

About 100 police officers armed with riot gear and shields removed several messages from a “Lennon Wall” in Tai Po on Wednesday, one of the biggest message boards to have sprang up across Hong Kong as the iconic collages of protest returned to the city in recent days.A display of colourful Post-it notes was a […]

Hong Kong extradition protesters made five demands of Carrie Lam. Believe it or not, they have been heard

At the height of Occupy Central, we all thought Hong Kong could not be more divisive or politically charged than at that time. How wrong we were. Professor Albert Chen Hung-yee described the wrath of the people opposing the proposed amendment bill of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance as a “perfect storm” (courtesy of a Hollywood […]

Top performers with massive haul of 5**s in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education hail from nine city schools

Twelve of the highest performers in Hong Kong’s main university entrance exams have been revealed to come from nine traditional elite schools, with La Salle College, which provided three of the top scorers, being the biggest winner.The 12 students, who found out their Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) examination results this morning, along with more […]

Why workers can’t rely on Hong Kong’s mandatory pension scheme to provide sufficient nest egg for retirement

One morning in May, cleaning worker Lau Chung dragged herself to the head office of Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) Schemes Authority in Kwai Chung.Turning 65, the age that allows her to withdraw all her MPF cash, she wanted to find out how many pension accounts she had, and how much in savings, after […]

Hong Kong Science Park on track to attract top-notch research institutes as part of tech push, CEO says

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp is on track to achieve its goal of attracting the first batch of research institutes to the city in health care, artificial intelligence and robotics, as part of a broader push by the city to build itself into a hub for innovation and technology, according to chief […]

Hong Kong swimmer drowns at Welcome Beach, Lantau Island, the day before he is due to find out his Diploma of Secondary Education results

A teenager drowned at a popular Hong Kong beach on Tuesday night, the day before he was due to find out his exam results.Emergency personnel were called to Welcome Beach, Lantau Island, at around 6pm after receiving a report of a possible drowning.The 18-year-old student, who sat Diploma of Secondary Education exams this year, was […]

Hong Kong’s brightest students post record performance in Diploma of Secondary Education exams, powered by 12 high-flyers achieving level 5** in seven subjects

Elite students delivered a record-breaking performance in Hong Kong’s main university entrance examinations, with 12 getting the top grade in seven subjects, including six super achievers attaining full marks in an additional paper.Announcing the overall performance of students in the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) on Tuesday, the Examinations and Assessment Authority also noted that […]

Hong Kong government to appeal against court ruling that strips indigenous New Territories villagers of traditional right to build home

The Hong Kong government has lodged an appeal against a court ruling that had partially revoked male indigenous villagers’ traditional rights to build homes in the New Territories with beneficial treatments.Handing down its decision in an unprecedented judicial challenge, the Court of First Instance ruled in April the villagers were entitled to build their three-storey […]

Student leaders snub Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s ‘insincere’ second offer for meeting

Student leaders have snubbed a new offer from Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to meet for an open dialogue, continuing to insist she address several conditions first.It was the students’ second rejection of Lam, who first invited them to a closed-door meeting last Friday.Students from eight tertiary institutions said on Tuesday they would […]

It’s curtains for mainland ‘dama’ singers in Tuen Mun Park as Hong Kong authorities announce zone closure after protest against noise pollution and indecency

The curtains will close on song-and-dance performances in a Tuen Mun park, authorities have said, after thousands protested against nuisance caused by mostly middle-aged women from mainland China.The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced on Tuesday that they would no longer accept applications from groups to put up acts at two self-entertainment zones in Tuen […]

Hong Kong customs warns young people against drug dealers offering free travel and quick cash to hire them as cocaine, Ice and ketamine mules

Free international travel and quick cash was being used by drug dealers to lure young summer jobseekers into narcotics trafficking, leading Hong Kong law enforcers to issue an alert to teenagers.Customs warned young people looking to earn money over the upcoming school holidays to be vigilant after the arrest of four residents, including two students, […]

Tears and joy as Hong Kong Primary Six students find out which secondary school they will attend from September

Tears, laughter and despair filled school campuses across Hong Kong on Tuesday morning when tens of thousands of Primary Six students and their anxious parents learned which secondary school the children would go to in September.Among the tearful students were Anthea Yeung Hoi-ting and her best friend Ella Tam Wing-yi, who both studied at St […]

Two Hong Kong banks cut valuation of used homes as civic unrest threatens to knock property bull run off its footing

Two of Hong Kong’s biggest commercial banks have cut their valuation of pre-owned homes in several housing estates in anticipation of declining prices, after the city was rocked over the past month by a record number of street protests.HSBC and Bank of China (Hong Kong), two of the city’s three currency printing banks, cut their […]

Singaporeans support Hong Kong protests against controversial extradition bill, survey shows

Over three quarters of 1,000 Singaporeans surveyed in June said they supported Hong Kong’s ongoing protests against a controversial extradition bill – a result political analysts suggested was a reflection of the close-knit ties between the “twin cities”.Still, the observers said the strong support level did not necessarily mean Hong Kong-style street politics would soon […]

Beijing slams Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai and US officials over Washington meetings on extradition bill, using words ‘national scum and Hong Kong sinners’

Beijing’s foreign ministry has hit out at Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and two top US officials, accusing them of threatening China’s national security by discussing the now-suspended extradition bill in Washington on Monday.In a strongly-worded statement, a spokesman for the central government’s foreign ministry commissioner in Hong Kong said on Tuesday that […]

People with obstructive sleep apnoea twice as likely to develop heart disease after surgery, says study involving Hong Kong researchers

People who have a sleep breathing disorder are twice as likely to develop heart diseases, particularly cardiac arrest, after undergoing surgery, according to results of a global study.Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep and a common sign of the disorder is loud snoring. It affects nearly a billion […]

Hong Kong doctor convicted of indecent assault for grabbing schoolgirl’s buttocks on bus spared jail after magistrate shows mercy

A young Hong Kong doctor found guilty of grabbing a schoolgirl’s buttocks while she was getting off a bus was on Tuesday given 240 hours of community service, after a magistrate decided to show mercy.Magistrate Amy Chan Wai-mun said indecent assault on public transport generally warranted 14 to 28 days of imprisonment upon conviction – […]

Asia’s first MR-guided radiotherapy brought to Hong Kong by HKSH Medical Group

[Sponsored Article] The HKSH Cancer Centre is part of the HKSH Eastern Medical Centre, a new medical complex in Shau Kei Wan opened by the HKSH Medical Group. It is tailored to the diverse demands of cancer treatment, from the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment to psycho-social care, to ensure a smooth patient journey through […]

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong cancels annual dinner amid plans by extradition bill protesters to gatecrash it

Hong Kong’s largest pro-government party has cancelled its annual dinner on Tuesday, after users of an online forum called for people to “proactively participate” in the party’s events.The reception to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), was originally scheduled to be held at Exchange […]

Asia’s first MR-guided radiotherapy brought to Hong Kong by HKSH Medical Group

[Sponsored Article] The HKSH Cancer Centre is part of the HKSH Eastern Medical Centre, a new medical complex in Shau Kei Wan opened by the HKSH Medical Group. It is tailored to the diverse demands of cancer treatment, from the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment to psycho-social care, to ensure a smooth patient journey through […]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says extradition bill ‘is dead’

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor gave her strongest pledge yet on Tuesday morning when she declared the highly unpopular extradition bill that sparked several mass protests was “dead”, changing from an earlier script that it “will die” in 2020.However, whether it was effectively withdrawn – as demanded by protesters – remained unclear. Even […]

How much will Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific be fined by regulator, given British Airways’ record HK$1.8 billion penalty over similar data breach?

The spotlight is once again on Cathay Pacific Airways as it awaits results of an investigation by a British regulator over its massive data breach last year, with British Airways handed a record £183 million (HK$1.8 billion) fine by the authority for a similar incident.In an era of tighter rules on how companies manage personal […]

Canto-pop singer Denise Ho, in Geneva speech, calls on UN Human Rights Council to remove China over ‘abuses’ in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Canto-pop singer and pro-democracy activist Denise Ho Wan-sze called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to remove China from the body and convene an urgent session to protect Hongkongers in a short speech at a council meeting on Monday, which was twice interrupted by a delegate from Beijing.Ho, an active participant in […]

Hong Kong woman breaks glass ceiling by becoming first female chief engineer on seagoing vessels in city

Joanna Kwok Wing-yan has become the first Hong Kong woman to attain the rank of chief engineer on seagoing vessels, breaking through the glass ceiling in a male dominated industry facing serious labour shortages.The 32-year-old secured the post, which is on the same level as a ship’s captain, despite the widespread failure of shipping firms […]

Hong Kong’s Disneyland Resort aims to become city’s biggest producer of solar power by 2019 in bid to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is installing the city’s largest solar power system, which will generate 70 per cent more clean electricity than the biggest such facility at present.The theme park on Lantau is setting up more than 4,500 solar cells aiming to produce at least 1.86 megawatts-hour (MWh) of electricity per year, equivalent to the […]

Outlook for Hong Kong retail rents bleak as trade war and protests dampen sales

Hong Kong’s retail leasing market is expected to slow further in the second half as sales continue to slump because of the US-China trade war and uncertainty over protests against the extradition bill, industry observers say.Overall rent for shops along prime shopping streets fell 1.2 per cent quarter on quarter from April to June, with […]

Hong Kong protests: pro-Beijing camp squabbles as former chief justice lends support to commission of inquiry into police handling of violent clashes

A rare quarrel within Hong Kong’s pro-establishment camp over who should take the blame for the extradition bill debacle broke into the open on Monday, as calm returned to the city after Sunday’s mass protest and late night clashes in the shopping district of Mong Kok led to six arrests.As police came under renewed fire […]

Hong Kong engineer who could not make it to university after public exam shares his success story through vocational route with students waiting for DSE results

Kyle Yip Wang-kui found his route to university barred 17 years ago when he failed to get good marks in a public exam, but that was not the end of the road for him.“University is not the only way out. Only through trying various routes, can you find the most suitable one for yourself,” Yip […]

Hong Kong police accused of provoking protesters and failing to wear ID during Mong Kok chaos after extradition bill march

Hong Kong police came under renewed criticism as officers were accused of failing to display warrant cards and obstructing journalists from performing their duties during Sunday’s chaos in Mong Kok.Police on Monday refused to explain why many officers were again not wearing the means of identification during the dispersal of crowds following a peaceful march […]

Education Bureau should review complaints made by teachers and give school managers more training, according to government panel

The Education Bureau should review complaints from teachers as well as those made by parents, students or the public, a government task force has said.Among 27 recommendations aiming to improve school governance following several high profile cases of mismanagement in recent years, the task force on Monday also called for managers to get at least […]