Train Officer ‘Atapong’ was desperate when he Whatsapp me. He told me that he just got a summons from LTA asking him – owner of the car to furnish the driver’s particulars regarding an offence of not paying for the ‘Day License’ whilst his OPC car was used during restricted hours.
TO Atapong is from Jurong Crew and I’m from Tanah Merah. Due to our shift patterns, we hardly meet. We communicated via Whatsapp. I ask for the details and a ‘good reason’ to appeal against the offence. He pleaded with me to help him. I told him writing an appeal letter is ‘chicken feat’. But whether LTA would accept it is another matter. Never mind you just try your best lah he told me.
TO Atapong is not the only person asking me for help in drafting an official letter or memo to the relevant department. Over the years, I’ve been doing just that. I’ve kept samples of all the addresses of government depts or statutory boards in my Gmail documents or notes. It’s all stored in iCloud. I just need to change the particulars and tweak it a little in terms of the nature or circumstances of the offences to finish an official memo within half an hour. I have written countless times such appeal letters.
The latest piece written by me is for TO Atapong. Pls refer to the edited memo below.
9 April 2012
Notice No: 3121789151
The Officer In Charge
Sin Ming Drive
RE : APPEAL OF OPC OFFENCE
Please refer to the above captioned matter.
2 On 23 Mar 2012 @10.53 am, my car SFU XXXX was summoned for an OPC offence along CTE before the exit to Braddel Road.
3 On the said day, my wife was on MC. (Pls refer to the duplicate copy of her MC) I had to rush to get a copy of her MC together with her statement to submit to her company. I also had to attend to her since she was very sick and she had a history of fainting spells. I was too busy taking care of her and the children. I was also working the afternoon shift on that day which was a Friday. On the next day is Sat and I had to go JB for some urgent business.
4 I wish to appeal to your office to waive the said summons. It was a genuine lapse of concentration on my part. I was careless and a stupid mistake was made by me. I did not know it until I got the notice from LTA. This is the first time that I have committed this offence in all my years of driving an OPC car.
5 Looking forward to a favourable reply. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Just this evening, TO Atapong suddenly Whatsapp me to inform me that he only got a $200 fine. He was so relieved. This is peanuts for he knows that it’s a very serious offence which could be charged in court incurring heavy fine and even jail. LTA is compassionate after all. TO Atapong told me there would not be a next time when I told him that he might not get away easily the second time round.
TO Atapong will buy me ‘Nasi Ayam Penyet’ for the services rendered. This is also peanuts. But it’s alright so long as my colleague Atapong is happy about it.
Most of the appeal letters written by me are quite successful. Sometimes, I got to keep writing one after another until the relevant department relented.
I’ll blog about a petition letter wriiten by me to PMO until that matter was resolved to the satisfaction of my friend. I’ll leave it to another time. Just watch out for it on my blog.
As a matter of courtesy, I informed TO Atapong to read this post. Below is the exchange. It is self explanatory.