National Petition for Fairer Transportation Fares For Polytechnic / Tertiary Students

National Petition for Fairer Transportation Fares for Polytechnic/ Tertiary Students
Uploaded with plasq‘s Skitch!
Dear Bernard,

My name is Benjamin Lee, and I am also known as Mr Miyagi. I must be getting old, because I felt a little peeved that you were so presumptuous, addressing me as “Friend” when I hardly know you.

I have re-read your email several times and, as I was saying about my advancing age, I seem to keep missing the word “please” anywhere in your request for my endorsement of your campaign apart from asking me to “please kindly send my logo/header/diagram.”

However, I do “wish to encourage youths of today to make a difference and take ownership of the destiny of this nation”, and I do believe it begins with courtesy and good manners. The link between Fairer Transportation Fares and the destiny of this nation is a little more tenuous, but I’m willing to give this a shot.

I, like you, believe that students should have cheaper public transport fares too. I mean, you are the future of our nation, and once you stop having to worry about unaffordable fares, you’ll have time to learn to write nicer and more courteous emails to older, crankier folk like myself who have no right whatsoever in asking for lower transport costs.

You have my endorsement.

Warmest regards,
Benjamin

P.S. Your organization’s name is too long. If I were to pause and read out the whole thing, I’d miss my bus stop.

P.P.S. I can’t find how to download your logo. Please help this old man.

On 11/11/2008, at 11:54 PM, petition4fairtransport@gmail.com wrote:

Hi Friend,

My name is Bernard Chen, 23, a student at Temasek Polytechnic, one of 10 young Singaporeans, who are initiating a nationwide National Petition for Fairer Transportation Fares for Polytechnic/ Tertiary Students to collect between 30,000 to 100,000 actual signatures of support.

For more information on this nationwide campaign, please refer to http://www.petition4fairtransport.org

We would like to obtain your official endorsement to promote this youth campaign.

If you wish to encourage youths of today to make a difference and take ownership of the destiny of this nation, please kindly send your logo/ header/ diagram/ picture to petition4fairtransport@gmail.com. Basically, we need something that readers can identify you with.

We will be putting your your logo/ header/ diagram/ picture up on our website under the “Endorsements” page and visitors to our website will be able to access your site through a direct link found on the logo/ header that you have provided us.

We would also appreciate if you could put up our campaign logo on your website.

We are pleased to also announce that TheOnlineCitizen (http://theonlinecitizen.com) is the official media channel for this campaign.

I must reiterate that we are a non-profit organisation, just a sincere group seeking your valuable support.

If you require more information, do feel free to contact me @ (+65) XXX-XXX-XX.

With your official endorsement, we will be taking a giant leap towards a successful petition campaign.

Thank you!


Regards,
Organiser(s) of the National Petition for Fairer Transportation Fares for Polytechnic/ Tertiary Students
Website:
http://www.petition4fairtransport.org
Email: petition4fairtransport@gmail.com

Note: To be fair – Bernard did write immediately to apologise, and was exceedingly courteous, but I won’t publish it here because it’s not funny the way a rude email is, you know?
Update: Silly me, Bernard attached the logo in the email. I should always check for attachments whether or not the sender tells me it’s attached. Here ’tis:

Campaign Logo (Internet).jpg

Facebook Comments

14 thoughts on “National Petition for Fairer Transportation Fares For Polytechnic / Tertiary Students”

  1. Pingback: In Black and White
  2. Pingback: fish@me
  3. (1) 'My name is Bernard Chen, 23, a student at Temasek Polytechnic, one of 10 young Singaporeans, who are initiating a nationwide National Petition for Fairer Transportation Fares for Polytechnic/ Tertiary Students to collect between 30,000 to 100,000 actual signatures of support.' it is discourteous to send written requests riddled with grammar mistakes. i know my comments are also full of errors but i'm not asking anyone for a favour.

    (2) what exactly are 'actual signatures'? what are signatures that are not actual?

    (3) how is the petition relevant to taking 'ownership of the destiny of this nation'?

    (4) what exactly is G10 petitioning? that non-tertiary and non-polytechnic students should pay higher fares? Would that be fair to tertiary and polytechnic students?

    (5) 'If you wish to encourage youths of today…' hmm… what about youths of yesterday such as miyagi-san? youths of tomorrow such as myself?

    (6) 'I must reiterate that we are a non-profit organisation…' you do not reiterate when you say something for the first time. are you sure you are an organization?

    (7) 'With your official endorsement, we will be taking a giant leap towards a successful petition campaign.' i doubt that your petition will be successful even with mr miyagi's endorsement. no insult meant for miyagi.

  4. Way to squelch what little initiative and courage our young people have, you guys!

    At least they are doing something, even with bad grammar and supposed lack of courtesy. When we were younger, we complained about nothing, and got… what?

    Cut them some slack lah. They are doing something that is unprecedented, not say they have anyone to learn from. Applaud the action if not the method.

    If not its another generation of quiet quitters, who rather leave than speak out against things they agree.

    Miyagi, really, never known you to be so KL. You usually quite nice leh.

  5. Pingback: Dellia Lim
  6. did he just make u feel that people from TP do things this way. i hope not, as far as im concerned, having graduated from TP, i dont think we are like that 🙂 . I don't think it was intentional though, probably an anxious attempt to get ur endorsement

  7. did he just make u feel that people from TP do things this way. i hope not, as far as im concerned, having graduated from TP, i dont think we are like that 🙂 . I don't think it was intentional though, probably an anxious attempt to get ur endorsement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *