“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” But this Penang man said he does not want to keep the treasure and is seeking the rightful owner to come and collect it back from him.
According to The Star, Mohamad Fahmi Abdul Aziz found a kettle full of Canadian dollars at a Penang landfill.
Without revealing how much money there is, the 28-year-old said the amount is “in the tens of thousands”. Genie in a bottle? How about a kettle full of cash!
“I will not reveal the amount as I want the owner to reveal how much is in the kettle as proof of knowledge,” said Fahmi, adding that he did not wish to report it to the police as he would not know what would happen to the money.
“It is a daily routine for me to collect recyclable items at the dumpsite with my two workers. On Tuesday morning, I saw a shiny metal object half-buried in the ground.
“I pulled it out and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that the kettle was filled with currency bills.
“I took it home and upon checking, I found it to be Canadian dollars. I was stunned,” Fahmi related.
The honest man brought a few notes to a moneychanger and confirmed that they are genuine Canadian dollars.
The Star reached out to the Canadian High Commission on the matter but an official said no Canadian had reported losing a huge amount of money.
When shown a picture of the notes, the official said the C$100 notes were replaced by new higher security polymer bills in 2017 and all the old notes are required to be changed in the banks before they can be used. That means the money has been lost for quite some time now.
It was after speaking to his wife and family members, Fahmi decided to return the money back to the owner.
“It could have been somebody’s savings and it has definitely been disposed by mistake.
“I will seek advice from my religious teacher, and if I cannot find the owner, I might donate it to charity,” said the kind man.
The English daily even put up Fahmi’s contact number in an event that the owner wants to find him. Fahmi can be reached at 017-491 3683.
A utopian world is a place where all the people are like Fahmi. We are both amazed and speechless by his sense of righteousness.
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