Malaysian notes on BKE from moneychanger's unzipped bag containing RM150,000

The Malaysian notes which people scrambled for on the Bukit Timah Expressway on Monday (Aug 3) came from RM150,000 (S$53,373) belonging to a moneychanger.
The Malaysian notes which people scrambled for on the Bukit Timah Expressway on Monday (Aug 3) came from RM150,000 (S$53,373) belonging to a moneychanger. PHOTO: BILLY CANE

SINGAPORE - The Malaysian notes which people scrambled for on the Bukit Timah Expressway on Monday (Aug 3) came from RM150,000 (S$53,373) belonging to a moneychanger.

Chinese evening daily Shin Min, quoting Malaysian newspaper Harian Metro, reported that the money belonged to a moneychanger from Johor Baru who was on his way to meet a client in Orchard Road here.

The 24-year-old Malaysian moneychanger, who was riding a motorcycle, told Harian Metro that he did not realise that the bag carrying the money was not zipped.

The money that flew out from his bag became a rare treat for motorists on the BKE at the time. The incident took place at around 6.20pm near the area where the Seletar Expressway (SLE) connects to the BKE.

A YouTube video uploaded by the Singapore Reckless Drivers Community on Tuesday (Aug 4) showed a sizeable swathe of the expressway littered with RM50 (S$17.90) notes.

 

About five minutes after the money flew out of his bag, the moneychanger's father called him to inform him that there are people picking up money on the BKE, and that the money might be his. It is not known how his father knew of the incident.

By the time the moneychanger retraced his route, all that was left for him was RM50. A moneychanger for three years, he did not make a big deal of the incident. He was quoted as saying that it was a good lesson for him.

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