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Honest cabbie returns passengers’ fortune
誠實計程車司機拾金不昧 歸還乘客鉅款

Cab driver Sia Ka Tian is pictured with his taxi in front of ComfortDelgro transport company in Singapore on Nov. 20 last year.

Photo: AFP / ComfortDelgro

A taxi driver in Singapore has been praised for remarkable honesty after handing in 1.1 million Singapore dollars (US$900,000) which he found in the back of his cab.

Sia Ka Tian, who is 70 and has been driving taxis around Singapore for more than 30 years, had just dropped off a Thai couple who were on holiday in the city.

He then found a black paper bag on the back seat. Inside was 1.1 million Singapore dollars (US$900,000).

“When I saw the money, I thought, trouble is here. I was sure there was at least 200,000 [Singapore dollars] in the bag,” Sia said in an interview with the Singapore Straits Times.

He immediately took the stash of thousand-dollar bills to the local lost property office. He and his colleagues counted it and discovered how much was really there.

“The money is unimportant to me. It doesn’t belong to me, so how can I use it?’’ he said to the newspaper.

According to local media reports, the driver has been rewarded for his honesty and will be given an award by his company.

(Liberty Times)










1. hand in v. phr.

交出;遞出 (jiao1 chu1; di4 chu1)

例: After years of hesitation, Tom finally handed in his resignation.


2. drop off v. phr.

讓某人下車 (rang4 mo3 ren2 xia4 che1)

例: She dropped off her kids at school.


3. belong v.

屬於 (shu3 yu2)

例: Do not take that book home because it belongs to the company.


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