Singapore's honest cabbies get bouquets online

Hongkong actor Chapman To's wallet (left) was returned to him by a cab driver in Singapore.
Hongkong actor Chapman To's wallet (left) was returned to him by a cab driver in Singapore. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/CLOVER FILMS

SINGAPORE - Honest taxi drivers in Singapore are in the spotlight again after Hong Kong actor Chapman To had his wallet returned to him by one during a recent stay.

"Encountered a good person doing a good deed in Singapore," wrote the 43-year-old To, known for his comedic roles, in Chinese on his Facebook page on Saturday morning.

"As I was about to turn in, the hotel manager called to inform me that the driver of the taxi which I was in was waiting downstairs with my wallet."

When To tried to tip the unidentified cabbie for his kind act, he refused, saying: "If I wanted money, why would I come back with your wallet? I could have just kept it for myself!"

An impressed To said he would donate the tip to charity instead, adding that there were many reasons to like a place, but its people is one of the most important.

His post has garnered more than 72,000 likes and 2,400 shares, with many netizens effusive in their praise of the driver.

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Cabbie Lim Ee Teh (left) and actor Eden Ang. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

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