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Bus captain 'rescues' student's laptop

HEART TO SERVE: Ms Chow's Facebook post about Mr Ramasamy's actions went viral and has been shared at least 2,660 times since she wrote it on Tuesday.


    Jan 29, 2016

    Bus captain 'rescues' student's laptop

    POLYTECHNIC student Chelsey Chow, 19, was in a state of panic after discovering that she had left her laptop in a bus on Monday.

    The laptop contained her work for four presentations and five projects.

    Thanks to bus captain Ramasamy Krishnan, 52, she got the laptop back. He even had to stop a stranger from making off with it.

    A grateful Ms Chow wrote about the incident on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

    The post has since gone viral, with more than 2,660 shares as of 3.45pm yesterday.

    Mr Ramasamy has also received more than 10 Facebook messages from people praising him, including one from Malaysia.

    A bus captain of nearly seven years, he recounted yesterday how he managed to stop a man from taking the laptop that Ms Chow had left behind in his bus.

    On Monday evening, Mr Ramasamy was driving a service 61 bus from Bukit Batok to Eunos when he spotted a passenger behaving suspiciously in the near-empty vehicle.

    He saw a passenger walk from the back of the bus and pick up something from a seat further up.

    "I thought maybe it could have been a valuable thing that somebody left behind," he said yesterday.

    Mr Ramasamy told the man that he could not take something that was not his.

    When the man appeared reluctant to hand over the laptop, Mr Ramasamy hinted that it could become a police case.

    Meanwhile, Ms Chow noticed that her laptop was missing and rushed to Eunos Interchange in search of it. Mr Ramasamy spotted her and returned the gadget after verifying that it was hers.

    In the Facebook post, Ms Chow said: "I want to thank Mr Ramasamy for his alertness that was beyond his call of duty. Through the mere 10 minutes of interaction with him, his heart to serve was apparent."

    Mr Ramasamy, who recognised Ms Chow as a regular on his route, said: "When I'm driving the bus, I like everything to be perfect. I care about my passengers and I care about my bus."

    Patrick Nathan, vice-president, corporate information and communications of SMRT, hopes Mr Ramasamy's action will "inspire his colleagues to look out for their passengers as they would for their own family and friends".