KUALA LUMPUR: Erme Harlini Zulkifli is grateful to an honest taxi driver who returned her bag that she accidentally left behind.
“I was shedding tears of joy and thanked him repeatedly,” said Erme Harlini whose bag contained a camera worth RM20,000, another camera with photos of her honeymoon, her purse and cash totalling about RM2,000.
The 29-year-old IT engineer and her 28-year-old husband boarded a taxi at 2.30am last Thursday at KL Sentral upon returning from their honeymoon in Langkawi.
“It was only when we reached home that I realise that I had left it in the cab,” she said.
“The expensive camera belongs to my company. I wouldn’t have the money to pay back if I lost it,” she added.
Erme Harlini and her husband panicked and returned to KL Sentral to look for the taxi driver.
“I did not know the vehicle’s number plate nor its colour. All I remember is the driver was a Chinese man, tall, wearing a white shirt and drove a Proton Iswara,” she said.
“My husband and I asked every taxi driver we came across at KL Sentral. Finally, several drivers there pointed at a taxi nearby saying that the cabbie could be the person I was looking for,” she said.
When she confronted the driver, he told her that he was also looking for her since he discovered the bag that morning.
As a token of appreciation, Erme Harlini’s husband offered a monetary reward but the taxi driver turned it down.
Even so, the couple still hope to do something for the man driving the taxi bearing the number plate HWC 4064.
“If I put the reward in an ang pow, he cannot turn it down because it is like he is rejecting good luck and fortune.
“I have got the ang pow ready for him. But most importantly, I have to find him again,” she said.