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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Trio of Trust

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 18:30

  4. As PETER is listening to the internet radio, we hear the Beatles song "Anytime At All".

  5. PETER (V.O.): I love this lively and energetic song.

  6. We hear John Lennon's distinct voice: ...anytime at all, all you gotta to do is call and I'll be there...'

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The hook reflects a sense of answerability by showing up and being available for emotional support.

  8. We hear Peter singing along: If you need somebody to love, just look into my eyes; I'll be there to make you feel right...

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The lyrics highlight the responsibility towards the partner, emphasizing the importance of fulfilling one's role in the relationship.

  10. We hear Peter singing along: If the sun has faded away, I'll try to make it shine; there's nothing I won't do...

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Being consistently available and supportive establishes a form of accountability

  12. We hear the outro:....anytime at all, all you gotta to do is call and I'll be there.

  13. Act 2

  14. EXT. MTR CABIN - 13:00

  15. Crowded. Peter is in thoughts.

  16. PETER (V.O.): I've just attended a meeting. To me, a recurrent challenge has been to navigate the concept of answerability, responsibility and accountability.



  19. A Harvard PROFESSOR is addressing the AUDIENCE including Peter (48).

  20. PROFESSOR: Explaining policies and justifications, public officers are answerable to the public...

  21. PETER (V.O.): The concept of answerability refers to the obligation or expectation of providing an explanation or justification for one's actions or decisions.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a foundational concept, establishing the basis if one is to be held responsible or accountable for one's acts or omissions.

  24. PROFESSOR (Cont'd): Fulfilling their roles, they're responsible for their acts, ensuring they deliver on their commitments.

  25. PETER (V.O.): Responsibility is a broader concept that encompasses the idea of being answerable but goes beyond it.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Responsibility implies having control or authority over a particular area or domain.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Responsibility can be assigned to individuals, teams or agencies. Responsibility is a higher level of involvement and commitment than mere answerability.

  30. PROFESSOR (Cont'd): Let's not forget accountability which is the highest level of responsibility.

  31. PETER (V.O.): Accountability involves not only being answerable and responsible but also being willing to face the consequences whether they're positive or negative.

  32. Pausing.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe the visiting professor is here to advise on Hong Kong's "Accountability System".

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the realm of politics, the actors often take ownership of positive consequences but not negative ones.

  36. INT. OFFICE - DAY (2009)

  37. Peter (55) and COLLEAGUES are working frantically.

  38. PETER (V.O.): A newspaper has reported that personal particulars sent to us have been divulged to the public...

  39. Pausing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While the colleague doing that is answerable, the supervisors are responsible and I'm accountable.

  41. INT. OFFICE DAY - DAY (2012)

  42. Peter (58) and COLLEAGUES are working frantically.

  43. PETER (V.O.): An employee of a contractor has done something that shouldn't be done.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While those supervising the employee are responsible and accountable, I'm accountable too.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In both instances, I admitted the mistakes, made apologies and promised that such incidents wouldn't happen again.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I had high hopes about Hong Kong's "Accountability System" but I believe the system is still a mystery to many.

  50. Act 3


  52. Having input the prompt: "The Trio of Trust" in an AI art generator in his smartphone, Peter sees a cubist image appearing.

  53. PETER (V.O.): The trio of trust ie answerability, responsibility and accountability are interconnected and mutually reliant.

  54. Thinking.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Trust is the fundamental component of any relationships, institutions and systems.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A cohesive trio builds trust, fosters ethical practice and ensures the integrity of all relationships.

  58. As Peter taps a video clip icon, we hear John Lennon singing again: Anytime at all, anytime at all...

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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