Elderly woman loses RM5,000 as notes fall apart

  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Mar 2013

AN elderly woman scrimped for three years to save RM15,000 in currency notes only to lose about a third of it as the notes became mould-infested and fell apart after being kept in a metal container.

China Press reported that the 60-year-old woman from Ipoh found out about the sorry condition of her cash collection during a recent spring-cleaning session.

The container had rusted over the three years, damaging the notes in RM50 and RM100 denominations.

Many of the notes were “breaking”, some with missing serial numbers and some with only half of the paper left.

A relative said the woman immediately tried to dry the notes with a hairdryer, before calling other relatives for help.

The woman only informed one of her five children as she feared they would scold her for being too prudent and not spending her money.

After consulting Bank Negara, five relatives spent two days restoring 203 notes by matching pieces with the same serial numbers before pasting each of them on a piece of paper.

Some notes were beyond restoration and some with less than 50% restored were rejected by Bank Negara.

It was said that Bank Negara later exchanged notes that were only 50% restored with half of the face value, while those that were more than 65% restored were exchanged with new notes.

The woman got back some RM10,000 in new notes. She said she was very happy as she had expected worse.

> Major Chinese dailies reported that an 18-year-old student from Chong Hwa Independent High School in Kuala Lumpur committed suicide due to stress and bullying at school.

Chen Hong Jian, a science stream student, leapt from the eighth floor of his condominium home in Idaman Putera, Setapak, at about 6.30pm on Tuesday after attending martial arts practice.

His mother Low Mei Yong, 48, said her son had complained on Monday that he was being bullied at school and had wanted to take his own life.

> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that a 10-year-old girl who had the habit of chewing her hair while daydreaming since she was two had a large rock-like hairball removed from her stomach.

The girl from Jiangsu province in China had lost her appetite and often vomited after eating over the past year.

A check at the hospital found that the ball had a radius of about 8cm. It was surgically removed last Friday.

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