Dismissal not stiff enough punishment for postman

It was indeed disheartening to read about the Singapore Post postman who threw away some of the mail he was to deliver because he had to cover 2,600 letterboxes on his rounds and was not well (Postman dismissed for throwing away mail and returned letters; Feb 11).

There is no excuse for what he did and the inconveniences he could have caused to many innocent folks.

Unfortunately, it is not the first timeunprofessional behaviour of postmen have been highlighted.

Last year, the media carried a report of a postman who left a bundle of mail at a Jurong East void deck while on his delivery rounds.

Besides SingPost, I have also read in The Straits Times of SMRT staff who were not only negligent in their work, but even forged their maintenance records.

It is high time that both organisations took stern action, and inculcate in their employees a professional work attitude and more pride in the work that they do.

Also, these organisations should reward those who carry out their duties exceptionally well, especially if it is beyond the call of duty; tangible recognition and rewards should be accorded to them.

And, as for those who bring shame to their vocations and the organisations they represent, including those who perform a public service, dismissal is insufficient.

They should be charged in court.

Edwin Pang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2018, with the headline 'Dismissal not stiff enough punishment for postman'. Print Edition | Subscribe