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Episode 4: Whistleblower

Episode 4: Whistleblower
Starring: Alan LUK, Jennifer YU, LAM Chin-ting, Himmy WONG, Bryant MAK, Cheronna NG, LEE Sheung-ching, Jason YIP

Carl (played by Bryant MAK) and Big Ma (played by LEE Sheung-ching) have been close friends for years. Both of them had been junior cooks at first, then they partnered to run a food factory. Although their partnership has already ended, they still have close business connections. Carl’s girlfriend Phoebe (played by Cheronna NG) always worries that Big Ma would take advantage of ingenuous Carl, and she keeps on reminding Carl to be aware of ill-intentioned people.

Simon (played by Jason YIP) is the owner of an event planning company. He appreciates the quality food of the catering service provided by Carl and Big Ma, and his clients rarely complain about their service, so he always offers them business opportunities. Recently, Simon gets a commission from a sponsoring body to hold a large scale event. He then arranges for Carl and Big Ma to submit tenders for the catering service of the event, and asks the two to firm up the tender price in order to avoid the tender being awarded to someone else. However, they do not notice that they have contravened the clause of “exchanging competitively sensitive information” under the Competition Ordinance.

Sean and Ashley still have a strained relationship after the estate resident vomit incident when they were collecting evidence last time. Sean decides to bribe Nicole to collect information for him, but the price is much higher than expected.

Carl is angry when he realises that Big Ma deceives him to snatch the business, and it adds fuel to the fire when he knows that Phoebe is injured being pushed by Big Ma to the ground. Conflict between the two friends is unavoidable. The Competition Commission has so-called “leniency policies” that if someone is involved in an anti-competitive conduct and is the first to report, he / she will be absolved from proceedings. So, who will sell his friend out?

Sean seeks advice from Johnny, and Johnny tells him to “avoid tailgating”. Nicole learns that Ashley broke up with her ex-boyfriend two years ago. She thinks that Sean can be more aggressive, but she is more of a hindrance than a help …

COMPETE: Cartel Hunters

In a free market economy, business compete with each other to offer the best range of products at the best price.  A competitive market leads to better prices, products and choice for everyone.  However, in reality, these visions often meet challenges.  Behaviours that undermine fair play, such as bid-rigging, market sharing and price fixing, do not only affect consumer interests, but also damage the free and fair-playing business environment.  

This television drama contains 5 half-an-hour episodes, and is jointly produced by the TV Division of Radio Television Hong Kong and the Competition Commission (the Commission).  The stories, adapted from real cases, arouse audience’s interest and attention to related issues through realistic plots and characters.  The main characters in this drama are officers in the Investigation Team of the Commission, and the whole series involved a total of 4 cases.

Introduction of the Characters:
Johnny LAM (Played by Alan LUK)
Head (Investigation) of the Commission
Pragmatic, calm and has a good sense of humour.  Believes in evidence and science, and likes to meditate alone.
Comes from grassroots, and self-alliance.

Ashley YEUNG (Played by Jennifer YU)
Manager (Investigation) of the Commission 
Knowledgeable and familiar with the ordinances.  Rigorous and serious at work, and highly motivated.
Joined the Commission in the same year as Sean did.  Have different working styles and often ignite sparks while competing in a healthy way.

Sean SUNG (Played by Himmy WONG)
Manager (Investigation) of the Commission
A liberal person, loves sports, pays attention to own appearance and thinks he has good taste.
Observant, thoughtful, and can always find the key points from the details.

Nicole SHUM (Played by LAM Chin-ting)
Competition Affairs Officer (Investigation) of the Commission
A rookie, believes in intuition, and quite a fast learner.
Spoiled by doting parents, and never had a real taste of the suffering in life.
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