BY: Michelle Liew
A female police officer admitted she accidentally threw away her jewellery because she was busy cleaning the house while managing her four-month-old son.
Rohaya Ismail, 31, said the incident happened early morning at her residence at the Telok Ayer Tawar Police Station Quarters, Butterworth, and was beyond her expectations.
“While I was cleaning the house, I was also holding a small bag containing four rings and a bracelet, then my son, Muhammad Wafi Aidin Muhammad Rafiuddin suddenly cried.
“Then in the chaos, I continued to collect diapers and other rubbish including the bag containing the jewelery into the rubbish bin,” she said.
The wife of Penang FC footballer, Muhammad Rafiuddin Roddin said, after realizing that the bag had been discarded, she immediately asked her brother, Mohd. Yusuf Ismail, who is in his 30s and also lives with her, to search for the Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) garbage truck immediately.
“At that time, my brother chased a garbage truck that happened to be still collecting garbage around Telok Ayer Tawar and asked for the help of MBSP employees to find jewellery that I thought had a high sentimental value.
“At that time, I thought the chances of getting the jewellery back were slim,” she added.
After discussing and going through several procedures set by the MBSP, they finally agreed to find the jewellery starting at 9 am at the Tasek Gelugor Cleaning Operations Depot.
“Finally, the jewellery was found at about 1pm. Thankfully, there are people who are so trustworthy and responsible in their work.
“I hope that MBSP can give awards to 10 employees who work hard to find jewellery without expecting any remuneration,” she said. As a token of gratitude, she provided consolation in the form of money to all employees involved.