Date
23 July 2017
Netizens launch a campaign to send Postmaster General Jessie Ting postcards to seek the preservation of old mailboxes. Photo: Facebook
Netizens launch a campaign to send Postmaster General Jessie Ting postcards to seek the preservation of old mailboxes. Photo: Facebook

Campaign launched to preserve royal insignia on old mailboxes

Hongkong Post may see huge volumes of postcards dropped into its mailboxes on Friday as part of a campaign launched online to preserve the British royal insignia that many old mailboxes in the city still bear.

Why Friday, Oct. 9? Because it is the annual “Love Post Day” set by Hongkong Post more than a decade ago to celebrate World Post Day.

The campaign started when someone opened a Facebook account called “Keep royal insignia on old mailboxes”, which was in reponse to media reports that Hongkong Post is planning to cover up the insignia, a remnant of the city’s British colonial past, Sky Post reported Wednesday.

The Conservancy Association and the Mailboxes Searching Team, two local non-governmental organizations, have voiced their strong opposition to the plan to change the old mailboxes.

Hongkong Post has reportedly decided to use metal plates to cover the insignias.

Organizers called on citizens to oppose the “cover-up” move by sending postcards to the Postmaster General on Friday, when each person is allowed to post one local letter for free in special collection boxes placed in all post offices.

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