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Commuter train staff well rewarded for returning Rp 500 million in cash

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 15, 2020   /   07:35 am
Commuter train staff well rewarded for returning Rp 500 million in cash A security officer reminds Commuter Line passengers to maintain physical distancing at Bekasi Station, in West Java, on June 9. (Antara/Fakhri Hermansyah)

After making headlines and going viral on social media for handing in hundreds of millions of rupiah in lost property, two staff members of Commuter Line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia have received substantial rewards for their honesty.

The two employees, 34-year-old cleaner Mujenih and 24-year-old security guard Egi Sandi, found a black plastic bag containing Rp 500 million (US$34,690) in cash during their shift on July 6. The plastic bag was left on a passenger seat in one of the commuter trains. Mujenih initially thought the plastic bag contained trash, but he was surprised upon discovering the money.

Mujenih and Egi later reported their finding to passenger service officials in Bogor station in West Java. The money was then returned to its owner who came looking for it at the station.

"I had no intention of taking it as it wasn’t mine," Mujenih said on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.

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State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir invited Mujenih and Egi to his office in Jakarta to reward them for their honesty. The minister gave them two life insurance policies, each worth Rp 500 million, from state-owned lenders Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) and Bank Mandiri, They were also rewarded life and health insurance worth Rp 50 million from Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) as reported by kontan.co.

Telecommunications company Telkomsel, a subsidiary of state-owned communications company PT Telkom Indonesia, also rewarded Mujenih and Egi with free internet quota worth Rp 200,000 every month for a year. Meanwhile, electronic payment platform LinkAja gave them electronic money worth Rp 5 million.

"What they did should be an example for other frontline employees who interact with customers. Their actions should also serve as an inspiration for those of us who work in managerial positions," Erick said on Monday.

Mujenih and Egi were also granted permanent employment status with the commuter train operator. (nal)