GEORGE TOWN: The man who found a kettle full of Canadian dollars in a landfill and wants to find the original owner received dozens of messages and calls from people praising him for his altruism.
Mohamad Fahmi Abdul Aziz, 28, said he felt deeply touched by the many glowing messages he received, thanking him for trying to find the owner of the kettle and the money, instead of pocketing it.
But there were two pranksters who tried to claim the money was theirs.
Mohamad Fahmi said both the pranksters used local numbers and they sent him messages to say the money was theirs.
“I was not convinced although the messages were in English.
“When I asked them to verify and answer a few questions, they did not reply.
“Even if I feel someone who contacts me is the rightful owner, there are steps to take including getting witnesses before I hand it over,” he said.
He said in Islam, he is now deemed as the trustee of the unknown owner of the money, and he is required to wait up to a year.
“I’ll consult my ustaz (religious teacher) for my next course of action and may consider donating it to charitable organisations if the money is not claimed,” he said.
On Tuesday, Mohamad Fahmi found a kettle full of C$100 (RM315)bills in a Jelutong landfill on Penang island while scavenging for recyclable materials.
Feeling empathy for whoever it was who lost tens of thousands of Canadian dollars, Mohamad Fahmi wants to try and find the owner.
He approached The Star to tell his story in the hope that the owner will contact him.
Fahmi can be contacted at 017-491 3683.