GEORGE TOWN – The next best thing to a pot of gold might be a kettle full of Canadian dollars, which was exactly what a scavenger for recyclable materials found in a landfill in Malaysia.
But Mohamad Fahmi Abdul Aziz, 28, does not believe in the “finders keepers” adage – he wants to return the stack of CAD100 notes to the person who lost it.
Refusing to reveal the amount of cash he stumbled upon, Fahmi merely said the amount was sizeable and “in the tens of thousands”.
“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,” he added.
Fahmi said he later showed a few of the notes to a moneychanger and confirmed that it was genuine Canadian dollars.
“After a discussion with my wife and family members, we decided that it should be returned to the person who lost it.
“It could have been somebody’s savings and it has definitely been disposed by mistake.
“I will not reveal the amount as I want the owner to reveal how much is in the kettle as proof of knowledge. I didn’t want to make a police report because I won’t know what will happen to it.” – The Star