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Back To The Future


FADE IN:

EXT. SHORELINE - DAY

Wearing a pair of goggles already, PETER tries to put on a snorkelling mask. A COACH (20s) signals to Peter that can't be done.

PETER (V.O.)

Without my prescription

goggles, I can only see

objects near.

INT. CAR TESTING CENTER - DAY

Waiting, Peter reads a car magazine article, featuring the DMC DeLorean sports car.

PETER (V.O.)

Well, its V6 engine can

only have about 130

horsepower. The car

just looks good.

INT. STUDY - DAY

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Myopia and looking good

are no different from

people engaging in politics.

They can't see beyond

the next selection or

election.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

They've to appeal to the

populace who generally

prefer the present than

the future. To get political

capital, politicians find

quick solutions to crises.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

But deep-rooted issues

and longer-term solutions

need determined actors

to push through.

FLASHBACK

INT. OFFICE - DAY (1999)

Reading papers on his desk, Peter (45) pauses.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The demands of the vested

interests of Hong Kong is

the highest in the world.

They ask criminal sanctions

against any copying in the

course of, or incidental to,

any business.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Is this good for Hong Kong in

the longer-term? Businesses

wanting to copy can get

licences from licensing bodies.

Recognizing creativity is the

first step to develop Hong

Kong's creative industry.

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Apart from protecting the

short-term copying culture

of businesses, there' s

no sound argument against

the proposed legal policy.

FLASHBACK

INT. LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING - DAY

Papers in hand, Peter engages in a deep discussion with a GENTLEMAN (40s).

GENTLEMAN

(In deep thoughts)

That's very strict!

Peter nods.

PETER

But it's a long-term solution

to a deep-rooted problem.

The Bill, if passed, should

change Hong Kong's

copying culture.

RETURN TO PRESENT

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

After the Bill was passed

but before its coming into

force, the business sector

objected strongly to the

law. As a result of the

political outcry, the law

was suspended by another

law in 2000.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

As a tenured and politically-

neutral civil servant, I had

no next election to worry

about. Although no one

asked me to, I said sorry

to the gentleman as he

might have lost some

political capital in endorsing

the Bill.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

As for me, that's how I

believed I could serve the

best interest of Hong Kong

in the longer term, even

though I was just a deputy

director then.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The suspended law's

substance, in a diluted form,

became law in subsequent

piece-meal legislation. And

the deep-rooted problem

has largely gone away, as

copyright licensing for

business copying, which

didn't exist then, has become

the standard practice in

Hong Kong.

Peter relaxes on a sofa.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Do we need the China style of governance to solve deep-

rooted problems? I was

amazed to read the German

Chancellor Angela Merkel

took it as a gift of history

that she could participate in

the 75th anniversary of the

D-Day against Nazi Germany!

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The Extradition Amendment

Bill is a just catalyst for the

young to air their common

concern for their future. But

they should be honest and

refrain from violence.

Peter watches a BBC programme on future. We hear someone speaking: Why do we need to reinvent democracy for the long-term?

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

It 's high time Hong Kong

got to focus back to the future.

Peter looks excited.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

In Israel and Wales, there're

governmental institutions

focusing on the Well-being

for Future Generations. In

Japan, there's a New Design

Movement.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Has the well-being for future

generations be taken care of

in Hong Kong? Apparently,

no visible and tangible impact

can be felt.

EXT. SWIMMING POOL - NIGHT

Reaching the wall, Peter adjusts his prescription goggles.

PETER (V.O.)

Let me explore where to

buy a prescription snorkelling

mask so that distant objects

won't appear blurred to me.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Control)

The story of the DMC DeLorean

sports car reminds me of my

Corolla 1.6 SR. It looked good

too - less dreamy but practical!

FADE OUT.

The End

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