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Struggling Kind


FADE IN.

EXT. ROAD - NIGHT

Walking along a road, PETER is attracted by some words painted on a truck body.

PETER (V.O.)

"Coolie"? How creative

it is to use an old term

as a modern label for

service delivery!

Pausing.

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

I wonder whether the

young in Hong Kong

these days understand

what "coolie" means.

Dr Sun Yat-sun was

a son of a coolie.

Remembering.

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

When I was in my teens,

my teacher observed

that I wasn't sporty.

What she didn't know

was that I needed to

conserve my energy

to sell my labour.

Pausing.

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

Now, if I don't go

swimming on any day,

I feel very bad about

it.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Peter is watching CNN breaking news about US Senate's Impeachment trial. A GENTLEMAN (50s) is speaking on screen and we hear him saying: It's not America first. It's Donald Trump first.

PETER (V.O.)

Invariably, people in

authority put their

personal interests over

public ones.

Pausing.

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

All people want to be

in charge and be in

control.

Remembering.

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

There's a little remark

about me when I was

a kid.

INT. PREMISES IN CENTRAL - DAY (1959)

A MAN (30s), having looked at Peter (5) deeply in the presence of Peter's DAD (23), remarks.

MAN

Your son, even if he

is to work as a coolie,

he will be the head

coolie.

END FLASHBACK

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

My Dad wasn't a coolie

but a newspaper

photographer. In my

teens, I did all the odd

jobs. But at 19, I made

a conscious decision

to equip myself with

intellectual skills and

judgment.

Pausing.

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

I changed my job although

I earned less... but I moved

on.

Reflecting.

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

Later, I studied philosophy

by myself. Morally, I

can tell right from wrong.

I won't get lost as a

social being.

Reflecting.

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

Later, I learnt law and

took rights seriously.

And I became a bearer

of professional and

administrative loads -

I am of the struggling

kind - like a coolie or

not.

Reflecting.

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

Since retirement, I've

time to reflect and do

what I love.

Pausing.

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

Anyway, I'm autonomous -

in control of myself,

creating and delivering

value in my own way

Reflecting.

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

Wrapping up at this year

end, life has been good.

Even if I work like a

modern coolie, I wouldn't

forget to live like a King

too!

FADE OUT.

The End

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