Whenever I open my letter box at the void deck of my block, I will surely find some spam flyers. All kinds of spam flyers advertising shopping malls or screaming out to buy some products or fast foods.
Now how did those flyers get into my letter box? There is a lever behind the slit or opening of the letter box to prevent the cover from opening so that no letters or flyers can slip in. The only way those spam flyers could have gotten into my letter box was via the back door or back cover.
The postman usually opens the back cover or back door of the block of letter boxes with a special key. From there, all the letters or small parcels are delivered accordingly to the unit addresses corresponding to the individual letter boxes. The postman then closes the back cover and lock it with the key.
The built-in lever to prevent the letter box’s front cover from opening is an ingenious way to block all those flyers from being delivered to the letter box. This is an effective way to block all those spam flyers. Kudos to the person who thought of this idea.
But alas, I still get those irritating commercial spam flyers inside my letter box!
Obviously those spam flyers are placed inside those letter boxes by the postman.
Is it sanctioned by SingPost?
Let us assume that Singpost instructed the postman to put those irritating and wasteful spam flyers into our letter boxes. Can we stop it? Is there any way to stop this anti environment scourge?
I pay SingNet $2 every month to filter spam on my mailbox. I renew my Norton anti spam every year also. If SingPost receives fees from businesses to put spam flyers into my letter box, I’ll pay them a monthly fee to stop this nonsense!
After all SingPost is privatised. Their bottom line is to make profits. Since they are so hard up and desperate for a pittance, I am willing to pay them to stop those spam flyers.
If SingPost did not sanction those spam flyers into my letter box, then it must be the postman’s doing.
Why should the postman shove spam flyers into my letter box on top of his usual official duty of mail and parcel delivery?
If he did not receive any form of gratification or kickback, would he shove those spam flyers into our letter boxes?
Is it not a form of corruption?
Let’s look into the definition of corruption.
The Prevention of Corruption Act
Section 5 Chapter 241
“Any person who shall by himself or in conjunction with any other person –
(a) corruptly solicit or receive or agree to receive for himself or for any other person; or
(b) corruptly give, promise or offer to any person whether for the benefit of that person or of another person any gratification as an inducement to or reward for, or otherwise on account of –
( i ) any person doing or forbearing to do anything in respect of any matter or transaction whatsoever, actual or proposed; or
( ii ) any member, officer or servant of a public body doing or forbearing to do anything whatsoever, actual or proposed in which such public body is concerned,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 yrs or to both.”
The above law under Sec 5(b) states clearly the basis of corruption. If I were to lodge a report at CPIB would the latter investigate into my allegation?
Why is SingPost not doing anything?
I did call up their hotline at Tel: 1605 to complain about the spam flyers.
There are many complaints on online forums and even letters to the press to highlight this issue but still the unwanted, unsolicited scourge persists!
We are at our wits’ end. The perennial scourge gets even worst towards the end of the year with so much festive shopping and bonuses to spend. Is this a typical case of a big mighty corporation’s bully tactics on us – the downtrodden? Are we forever at their mercy?
We have endured and suffered enough. It is wasteful and harms the environment with so much paper strewn about since few bother to read them.
I miss those good old days before SingPost became a business corporation and got listed on SGX in 2003 – the postmen then were friendly and honest. They never gave us spam flyers and did their job diligently.
Now the postman’s job is outsourced to the neighourhood part time aunties – just like all other big corporations to cut costs and trim their bottomline – the service standard is deplorable. I’ll talk about this next time.
If SingPost is not not going to do anything about our repeated pleas, I wonder what else can we do?
Do we need to nationalize SingPost and get it back to the basics i.e. just stick to mail and parcels delivery?
Do we need a profit driven business minded postal service corporation in tiny Singapore if it can’t get its basics right?