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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Poetic & Persuasive

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  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


  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.


  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


  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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