A week before I left Company X, I received an email from my boss with an attachment. Content as follows.
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:06 PM
Would you like to have any alteration on your testimony, you can inform me for your input.
Attached with the crudely written email, was a letter of testimony written by him. After I’ve read the letter, I did not know whether to laugh or cry. You can check it out yourself, the content of the letter is as follows:
29th July 2010
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Subject: Testimonial for Michael Ooi
Michael Ooi has joined the company on [date]. Throughout his services in the company, he was attached to [department] as [position]. He is solely in charge of [lab name] for products testing & reliability function. He grows together with the [Company X].
He has demonstrated his dedication to work assigned. He is definite a good team player and diligent in carry out the task that assigned to him.
I am confident with his strong technical knowledge and positive work attitude that will equipped him for future career.
We thanks Michael Ooi for his valuable contribution to our team and wish him all the best on his future endeavors.
I really did not know what to say. I wanted to tell him that the letter sucked-ass so bad, that I felt like swallowing a computer mouse. But alas, I didn’t do it, because it was done in good faith. It’s like a cat came to you with a dead rat hoping you’d be impressed. It would be plain wrong to kick the animal and send it away, because in its best perception with a least intelligent mind, that rat carcass was the best thing ever it wanted to give you.
So I did what I should – I politely declined the letter, and thanked him for his thoughtful act.
[The letter actually made me more depressed, mahai...]