Woman Thanks MBSP Staff For Helping Her Scour 3,500KG Of Trash To Find Her Gold Jewellery
A woman in Penang was filled with gratitude after a team of local council employees painstakingly went through tonnes of rubbish to help her find a pouch of jewellery she accidentally threw away
The woman, Rohaya Ismail, fondly known as Yaya, took to Facebook to recount the emotional roller coaster of a day that was saved by Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) workers, whom she called "wira oren (orange heroes)".
The 31-year-old said she was bracing herself to never see the jewellery again when she realised that she had thrown them away on Saturday morning, 19 February.
Recalling her ordeal, Yaya said she accidentally threw a small white pouch of her valuables away while changing her son's diapers at home
Later realising her mistake, she went to check the dustbin but saw that it had been emptied by her brother.
In a panic, she quickly informed him about her missing jewellery and they went to check the large common bin behind the police quarters where they live, but found that the bin had also been emptied at 7.45am that morning.
"In my heart, I was telling myself to accept my fate. It's my own fault," she wrote, trying to console herself.
Yaya said the pouch contained gold jewellery that she has collected since she was 18-years-old, as well as some that were gifts from her wedding.
However, stumbling upon an MBSP garbage truck at the bin, the siblings were then told to head to the local cleaning depot in Tasik Gelugor to search for the pouch
"By then, I did not place any hope of finding my jewellery. I know how impossible it is to go through the piles of garbage bags and with all the procedures in place, I just left it to Allah," she said, sharing that her brother went while she stayed at home.
It was to her surprise when, about one and a half hours later, she received a video call from her brother showing the MBSP workers holding up her little white pouch of valuables.
"My hands are shaking as I'm typing this," the woman wrote, overjoyed
"I was moved beyond words that the 'wira oren' actually rummaged through mountains of garbage bags just to help me look for my lost items. They spent their time and energy just to help me. Their honesty and sacrifices... I am very touched," she told New Straits Times.
"I am grateful to each and every one of them. Although their job is often looked down on by some, to me, they are the real unsung heroes. What they did is honourable, and I salute them for their honesty."
She shared that when her brother told them about their plight, about 10 MBSP workers came together to help them in the search, and according to an interview with the Seberang Perai City Channel, they had to go through 3.5 tonnes of rubbish collected that morning.
At the end of the day, Yaya deposited them some money as a token of appreciation for their efforts.
Her post has since garnered over 400 likes and has also been shared to MBSP's official Facebook page, where netizens have continued to praise the 'wira oren'.
Last year, a woman also almost lost RM70,000 in gold until a group of garbage collectors returned them to her: