My colleague MF was recently booked for the offence of spitting. As usual when there is any appeal letter to write, they would just come to me. I would usually draft a simple, straight to the point appeal letter to the relevant department on their behalf. This time, it is not successful. The appeal was rejected. He has to pay $150 for the offence within 2 weeks or face prosecution in court.
According to MF, he had attended his friend’s birthday party even though he was not feeling well. He decided to leave the party early. He vomited a little when he left the pub where the birthday celebration was held. When the Cisco officer saw him, the latter issued a summon to him for the offence of spitting. MF tried to explain to the Cisco but he refused to listen. Maybe, the latter need to issue that summon to make up his quota for the day? The Cisco officer need to go back with some summons right? If he kept giving chance, he might end up with no summon at the end of the day right?
Maybe, MF was unlucky. Not feeling well and puked is being interpreted as spitting. That is a big difference between them. Anyway, he was advised by the Cisco officer to appeal in writing.
The reply from NEA is that the Cisco officer insisted that MF had spit and not vomited. It is his word against the Cisco officer’s word. Blame it on MF’s ass luck. Just pay and forget the entire matter. No point arguing cuz they will tell you to go to court if you not happy. Either way, you lose. They are the arbitrators. They found you guilty and you just pay up. No point getting a lawyer to defend you cuz it will cost more than your fine. If you going to defend the charge yourself, you may even end losing more.
That is why I ever mentioned before that we are struggling from hand to mouth on a month to month pay-check with our perennial stagnant pay yet got to entertain summons such as this if we are not careful. Once you let your guard down, Cisco officers are always lurking around you to issue summons for littering, illegal parking, urinating (when you can’t find toilet), jaywalking, illegal smoking outside yellow box and yes spitting in public when you actually vomited! You want evidence of the struggling heartlanders? Read here to see for yourself.
I just advised MF to go seek his MP’s help. Be prepared for the long queue and face his MP. It is better than nothing. Hopefully, the MP could help him. If not, just pay up and shut up. No point fighting it in court if you could not move their hearts to waive it or reduce the amount of $150 which is a lot of money to him. It’s 2 days of his wages! No wonder, he was so sad. Can you feel his pain?
Notice No: 2437XY
The Officer In Charge
National Environment Agency
40 Scotts Road
Environment Building #13-00
Re: Appeal against the offence of spitting
Please refer to the above matter.
On 8th Sep 12 at 12.20 am, I was booked for the above offence outside a pub along Joo Chiat Road.
On the said day, I was not feeling well. Even though I was unwell, I still attended my friend’s birthday party. Midway through, I decided to go back as I was not well. When I came out of the pub, I puked small amount of vomit on the grass patch. I could not control it. Your officer saw it and booked me for spitting.
It was beyond my control and I did not spit intentionally. I wish to appeal to your office to waive the said summons.
Looking forward to a favourable reply. Thank you for your kind consideration.