July 29, 2010

parting gift

A week before I left Company X, I received an email from my boss with an attachment. Content as follows.

From: Boss
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:06 PM
To: michaelooi
Subject: Testinony

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


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.

Thank you.

Yours truly,
[Boss’ name]
[Position], [Department]
Company X

I really do 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 thankfully, I didn’t do it, because I knew 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…]

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9 Comments to “parting gift”

  1. ShaolinTiger says:

    That was a goodly and diligented team play Michael, you are indeed been equipped with a positively worked attitude.

  2. EinsamSoldat says:

    Noble intention executed wrongly may deemed evil… assuming that in the first place the intention is noble :)

  3. Arkane says:

    Sounds like a very stereotyped letter. I think the fler gives the same template to every employee who resigns.

  4. Han says:

    Wtf. Not only his Englund damn bad, he writes like a 5-year old. Your boss huh. What a testinony man :)

  5. michaelooi says:

    ShaolinTiger – Yeah, that’s another way of saying it.

    EinsamSoldat – The intention is surely noble, but like you said, ‘executed wrongly’.

    Arkane – I think he typed it with his own words, otherwise it would have looked wayyyy more presentable…

    Han – Touche. That’s why it makes me kinda sad, you see?

  6. nicholas says:

    the thought of people with such english potentially being my boss would drive me to depression

  7. Shar says:

    After all these years you get this?
    Did his Indon maid wrote that for him?

  8. david says:

    beware, engrish is everywhere.

  9. Primrose says:

    I am just reading this today. I couldn’t stop giggling infront of my laptop wei. This is called boss ah? *ah piang*

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