A social experiment run on the streets of Kuala Lumpur has discovered just how honest people in Malaysia are.
Free Malaysia Today and Maxman TV wanted to know how pedestrians would react after seeing RM 50 (USD $12) resting on the ground. Will they take, leave, claim or deny it as theirs?
Ali Mustafa, creative director of Maxman TV, said the experiment was different from previous ones they conducted. He told FMT:
“When we used money in this social experiment, we got some really hilarious reactions. We realized that Malaysians are honest despite the hardships they are going through.”
But there are those who lied in the name of money. When asked if the cash was his, one foreigner responded flatly, “This one is mine.”
Experiment accomplice Izmir Mujab then explained that the money belonged to him, but the foreigner spared no ears. The latter turned his back until his wife persuaded him to return the cash.
“Next time be honest, that’s all,” Izmir said as he left the couple.
In one instance, Izmir confronted a man who was desperate to take the money, “Don’t try to take it. It’s not yours.”
Izmir eventually asked why the man needed the money and gave it away, “If you need it, I can give you. This is yours.”
The video, over four minutes long, closed with words of wisdom:
“Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.”
Watch the whole thing below: