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Monday, July 11, 2016

Singapore cabby returns bag with RM700,000 to drunk passenger

SINGAPORE - A driver with taxi company SMRT Taxi has been praised for his honesty, after he purportedly returned a laptop bag containing $235,500 (RM706,000) in cash to his drunk passenger.

In a letter published on Facebook on July 9 by road safety community site, Beh Chia Lor, Thai businessman Chukamon Khammat wrote that he boarded the taxi - licence plate number SHB1881L - at about 4am.

Beh Chia Lor later identified the driver as Lee Koh Wee.

Khammat claimed he had been drinking with some of his business partners at Clarke Quay and was headed back to Marina Bay Sands, where had been staying.

But upon alighting from the taxi, he realised that he had left behind his laptop bag, which contained the cash.

The money, according to Khammat, was given to him by investors in Singapore and was meant for business plans in Thailand.

To his immense relief, Khammat said he was greeted by the sight of a panting Lee in the lift lobby at about 5am.

Lee shared that he had stopped at a petrol kiosk after dropping off Khammat when he discovered the bag, and was shocked to discover the large amount of cash inside.

While Khammat said the cabby had not requested any reward, he decided to give Lee $1,000 out of sheer appreciation for his unselfish act.

Khammat also learnt that Lee was declared bankrupt in 2014 and had only just recently become a taxi driver.

In a Facebook post on Sunday night, SMRT said it was verifying the accuracy of Khammat’s account and would provide an update after conducting its investigations. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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