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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Plan B

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 08:30

  4. Opening a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kit, PETER takes out a swab, inserts it into his nostrils and rotates it several times.

  5. PETER (V.O.): This is an alternate way. I used to insert it into my throat.

  6. Opening a buffer extraction tube, Peter inserts the swab into it, rotates it about 10 times and lets it stand for a minute.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife plans to support the Government's call.

  8. Peter then squeezes the swab up and puts back the tube cap.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Okay, I've processed the specimen.

  10. Taking out a test cassette from a foil pouch, Peter adds 4 drops of the specimen into the sample well.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't think I've got COVID-19. I've no Plan B.

  12. Before going to work, Peter's WIFE joins him to see only one red line on the top half of the result well.

  13. Act 2

  14. INT. STUDY - 10:30

  15. Peter reads a Quora answer request: Do you always need a plan? Why?

  16. PETER (V.O.): I need a plan as I want to achieve effectively and efficiently.

  17. Pausing.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A plan is like a road map. It shows the way to get there.

  19. Pausing.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Even so, few plans ever go as planned.

  21. Pausing.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):The time I need no plan is when I need a break ie I want to do nothing.

  23. Peter types his answer.


  25. Coming out with a RAT kit, Peter captures a photo of it by the lake.

  26. PETER (V.O.): I don't think COVID-19 is in the air here.

  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is the third kit I've got - for my wife and me, and a maid.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is it a good use of public funds for Government to call for a voluntary mass exercise now?

  31. Pausing.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If lots of people got positive results, does Government have a Plan B?

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It didn't plan when there're plans to plan before the 5th wave of COVID-19 infections.

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Or if it didn't want to tell people its plan, show people the result.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a shame that Hong Kong has the world's highest COVID-19 fatality rate.

  39. Pausing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): General words of condolences to anonymous bereaved families mean nothing.

  41. Pausing.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Good governance has to be really pro-people and proactive.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In mainland China, those answerable are held responsible for the consequences.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the Hong Kong SAR, governmental answerability, responsibility and accountability are evaded as a matter of course.

  47. EXT. COACH - 17:30

  48. Crowded.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's justified that I should do another RAT test.

  50. INT. STUDY - 20:00

  51. The TV is on. We hear:.. those aged 60 and above can now schedule for their 4th booster dose...

  52. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I've to plan when to take it.

  53. Act 3

  54. INT. SITTING ROOM - 21:00

  55. Peter's wife chats with Peter.

  56. WIFE: We'll continue to do our RAT tests for two more days.

  57. PETER: Fine.

  58. PETER (V.O.): An objective without a plan, and more importantly, actions, is just a wish.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Life and governance can be all about how to strategize a good Plan B.

  61. FADE OUT

  62. THE END

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