Singapore cabbie returns Rs 4.75 cr to Thai couple

Published: 21 November, 2012 08:32 IST | Agencies |

A Singapore taxi driver has been heralded as a hero after he returned $865,000 (Rs 4.75 crore) to a Thai couple who left the money in his cab.

Sia Ka Tian (70) was shocked to find the money in a black paper bag on the back seat yesterday after he dropped the couple off at a shopping centre.

An honest man: Shocked to see the brown paper bag which contained the money, Sia Ka Tian brought it to his company and handed it over to his superiors. Pic/AFP

“When I saw the money, I thought, trouble is here. I was sure there was at least Sg$200,000 in the bag,” the 31-year veteran in the taxi business said.

But when he brought the money to transport company ComfortDelGro’s lost-and-found office, his stunned colleagues counted Sg$1.1 million in thousand-dollar bills.

“The money is unimportant to me. It doesn’t belong to me, so how can I use it?” he said. The Thai couple reported the loss to the transport company and Sia was waiting for them when they arrived to claim the money.

The report did not say what the couple were doing with such a large sum. The driver received an undisclosed cash reward from the grateful couple, whose names have been withheld, and the company also plans to give him an award for good service.

 “Finding one million dollars in cash is not an everyday affair and in fact, we wonder how many people would have possibly been tempted to pocket it,” said company spokeswoman Tammy Tan.

“We are immensely proud of him and are glad that the passengers recovered their money.”              

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