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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Poetic & Persuasive

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. ROADS - LATE MORNING


  4. PETER drives, listening to the radio.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Ah, the CE is reading her Policy Address.


  6. We hear from the car radio:...近水楼台先得月...


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Literally, it means: Moon shines first on balconies close to the water. A similar English idiom is: A baker's wife may bite of a bun.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the latter part of 2019, some young people in Hong Kong were quite mad. Then came the on-going pandemic. They've caused great harm to the well-being of the Hong Kong SAR.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What people in the Hong Kong SAR can do is to continue capturing, creating and delivering value.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hong Kong is a SAR of China - the world's 2nd largest economy. It should play a better role in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.


  14. Peter drives inside a car park.


  15. Art 2


  16. INT. CAR PARK - LATER


  17. Inside a stationary car, Peter is still listening to the radio.


  18. PETER (V.O.): To turnaround, there's a lot the Government has to do. The Policy Address might not be short...


  19. Hearing an interrupting commercial, Peter gets out of the car.


  20. INT. STUDY - LATER


  21. Plugging an old portable cassette and CD player, Peter tunes its radio. We continues to hear the Policy Address.


  22. PETER (V.O): Yes, this old set still has some residual value.


  23. From the radio, we hear: ...Art Tech...


  24. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): This is a new direction for the creative industry. My younger daughter is studying that with a UK university. Good for her!


  25. Recalling.


  26. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My wife and I were so glad that our elder daughter graduated from Chinese University in 2018. And we had a great time, participating her graduation ceremony in campus.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): And our younger son quit HK PolyU three years ago for his medicine study in Australia.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I observe that very few smart people would take teaching as their careers, particularly in non-tertiary schools.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Further, teaching has never been a profession as there isn't any professional body to regulate their ethics.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Young people need to learn how to empathize with others, to think critically and to discipline themselves, abiding social and legal standards.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I always believe only the best should be allowed to do knowledge transfer.


  37. Thinking.


  38. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Some institutions in the Hong Kong SAR, despite their facades, are highly political.


  39. From the radio, we hear a DJ summarizing something and then ending the live radio broadcast. Quickly, Peter turns on the TV and watch the Policy Address.


  40. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I can see there's order in the Legislative Council again. Yes, those who have been disrupting its due process for years are now gone.


  41. Recalling.


  42. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Earlier, I read in Quora answers by others explaining to the world why those legislators had to go.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): One answer included a photo depicting a former high-ranking Hong Kong official smiling wide when some of those legislators went shaking hands with a US dignitary.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): For those who didn't know her former civil service background might have inferred that she was working for the US dignitary.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Living in the Hong Kong SAR, how could they do that? Without conscience, they're bad, if not mad.


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  51. From the TV, we hear: ...To conclude...


  52. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The Policy Address reflects the key activities the Hong Kong SAR Government will do to create public value.


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): With the support of the Central Government, it shouldn't be hard to deliver some positive visible and tangible outcomes.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): What was the origin of the line: 近水楼台先得月?


  57. Peter surfs the web with his phone.


  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Legend has it that the author was a civil servant working in outposts. When he found he was passed over by others who worked close to the supervisor, he wrote him a two-line poem.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The other line is: 向陽花木易為春, literary means: Sun-bathed flowers and plants are like Spring. A similar English idiom is: A brewer's wife may drink of a tun.


  61. Pausing.


  62. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Chinese can be poetic and persuasive in governance, then and now.


  63. FADE OUT.


  64. THE END


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