Security Officer who turned in lost pouch stuffed with over $30,000 faces criticism online

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What would you do if you found a Louis Vuitton pouch, stuffed with more than S$30,000 in $1,000 denominations?

Nur Hamzah Rahmat, a Certis Cisco aviation security supervisor working at Changi Airport, found such a pouch abandoned on a trolley at Terminal 2 and chose to return it to the airport’s lost and found collection. The bag also contained a name card and a mobile phone.

The pouch was returned to its rightful owner in 3 days,

39-year-old Rahmat previously won a silver award for service of the year at the Annual Airport Celebration in 2014 for trying to resuscitate an elderly woman.

The story which broke on social media attracted a lot of praise for Rahmat but also drew cynicism from some critics who claimed that Rahmat had to turn the pouch in due to security cameras on site:

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47 comments

  1. Cj Leo says:

    This type of money, better to return to the owner. U never know when the karmic consequences of greed over this kind of temptation will hit u. Feel good that u have save someone plenty of miseries.

  2. Seng Kueh says:

    Hihihi..!This honest person will sleep soundly tonight. He had no regrets of whatsoever because that money were not his hard earn money.The World have more places for this type of kind and honest ppl.

  3. Best thing to do when we do any good deeds is to keep those deeds to ourselves and not shared with anyone. Not even to our family. Just between you and the person you helped. Tell that person not to tell people who you are. Better people don’t know about it than to be criticised for doing something good.

  4. Ah Soh says:

    Think last year or thereabout a man found a pouch containing >$6000 on bench in a park in Punggol or Sengang. As the park was overlooking his flat he waited the whole night for the man to return to look for his pouch. He had earlier saw the man sitting on the bench. When he later came back, he rushed down to return the money to him. As it turned the man was working here and money was to be remitted to his wife and children in China the next day. Such case of people returning valuables and cash are by no mean an isolated case. Most will think of that person’s predicament.

    1. Ed Sim says:

      Ridhuan is spot on….it’s criminal misappropriation; taking anything that doesn’t belong to you is a crime, whether the owner can be traced or not.

    2. Then you are guilty of Section 403 of the Penal Code: Dishonest Misappropriation of Property which is punishable by a jail term of up to 2 years, a fine or both.

      (a) A finds a dollar on the high road, not knowing to whom the dollar belongs. A picks up the dollar. Here A has not committed the offence defined in this section.

      (b) A finds a letter on the high road, containing a bank note. From the direction and contents of the letter he learns to whom the note belongs. He appropriates the note. He is guilty of an offence under this section.

      That money bag clearly have a name card with the person’s name and contact number. You choose to keep and use it, knowing it belongs to that person. Therefore, you are guilty of a crime.

      http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/aol/search/display/view.w3p;ident=c69f9542-7aa3-4b46-a6e0-55c3ce79f2e3;page=0;query=DocId%3A“025e7646-947b-462c-b557-60aa55dc7b42″%20Status%3Apublished%20Depth%3A0;rec=0#pr403-he-.

  5. A few cynical comments from the Internet is enough for a news org to write an article about good guys getting criticized.

    You should try writing an article about my criticism of your story

  6. Loh Michael ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Security cameras aside, you need to empathy with the person who lost it. Put yourself in that position, perhaps you will be able to rationale the loss and the found.

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