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Plate number bidding is good

Good and auspices plate numbers used to give up free for royal families in the past. What is the fuss for Johor Sultan to pay RM520,000 for WWW 1?

Whether the money is from the rakyat or not, I am not sure. But I did remember Malaysian government had to spend RM500 million each year in 80s to maintain and sustain royal institutions.

The expenditure for this purpose should be double or triple or more in 2012.

My big question is how Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai got big money to bid for WWW 15?

Johor Sultan is owner of number plate WWW 1

By YVONNE LIM and BEH YUEN HUI

PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Johor is the proud owner of the much sought-after WWW 1 number plate with a winning bid of RM520,000.

The Road Transport Department’s website (www.jpj.gov.my) listed “D.Y.M.M. Sultan Ibrahim Johor” as having outbid 9,998 others for the coveted plate.

It also listed “D.Y.M.M. Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong” for WWW 5 with a winning bid of RM220,000.

Yesterday, The Star reported that a “prominent VVIP from Johor” was the proud owner of WWW1.

As expected, “lucky” numbers such as 8888, 888 and 88 notched high prices and were bought for RM40,000, RM165,000 and RM92,800 respectively.

The bid for WWW saw a new trend, too.

Numbers usually perceived as unlucky for the Chinese 4 and 7 fetched high bids, strangely enough, from Chinese bidders.

The two numbers are considered “bad” as four sounds like death in Chinese while the Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

Except for the single digit 4, the plates 44, 444, 4444, 7, 77, 777 and 7777 were all won by Chinese bidders.

WWW 7 fetched the highest with RM117,810.

WWW 13 and WWW 14 were bought by one bidder for RM23,210 and RM11,000 respectively.

WWW 444 was sold to another for RM10,000, while yet another bidder bought WWW 666 for RM44,000.

The JPJ listed Liow Tiong Lai for WWW 15; while WWW 97 went to Nazri Abd Aziz. It is not immediately known whether they referred to the Health Minister and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department respectively.

A Mohd Fuad Zarkashi won for WWW 69. The last four digits of Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi’s identity card matched this winner (the bidder’s last four digits in his IC number is listed alongside the name).

His father’s name and mine are the same as well as the last four digits of our identity cards. This is very rare. I’m shocked! – DR MOHD PUAD ZARKASHI

However, Dr Puad has denied bidding for the number plate.

“His father’s name and mine are the same as well as the last four digits of our identity cards. This is very rare. I’m shocked!” Sin Chew Daily quoted him as saying.

On Thursday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha announced that WWW 1 had set an all-time high bid.

It surpassed the record set by “MCA 1” in 2010, which was sold for RM300,100.

The nominal fee for a car number plate is RM360.

The JPJ collects an average RM170mil annually from the sale of vehicle registration numbers.

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Freddy says:

廖中莱不确定竞标WWW15车牌谁买单,蔡细历以“左手转右手”论​解围!
卫生/陆路部长都是自己人, 左右手进都是钱!!!!

官車一定要用15號碼?其他的號碼不能用嗎?一定要競標​嗎?

2万4千200令吉的竞标费用,几乎等于在西马购买一辆手动ViVA 660 BX的价格;多少国人需要用5至7年的时间来偿还他们的汽车贷款,可是,阔绰的卫生部却可能涉及将纳税人的金钱,花费在一个车牌之上。

WWW15 says:

i bid for WWW15 but somehow the cronies are ahead of me taking care of their healthy master.

Gopal Raj Kumar says:

The bigger question is:
Is this the priority of Transport Minister to focus on selling car numbers plate and collecting millions of ringgit. There are so many problems out there in road, public transportation, MAS problem, etc for him to focus on. Maybe MCA can pujuk Najib to create a Car Plate Ministry since it is a lucrative business?

Also, What is RM520K compared to Cowgate RM250million or for that the Scorpene 1 Billion USD To Perimeka?

nkkhoo says:

Don’t mixed up two different issues. Doing a good small matter does not mean it’s bad for the country.

Tackle corruption is via a change of government because no body cuts off his own arms and legs.

Yus says:

Now Liow Tiong Lai is claiming that he has obtained the vehicle registration number WWW 15, valued at RM24,200, for free from the Road Transport Department. The whole episode smelled rotten. If the minister is entitled, the RTD should tell the public that this particular number is not for bidding. It is reserved for the government. And where the figure Rm 24,200 comes from? Will MACC look into the abused of power or NO, as is their own gang. Now RTD is opening up another can of worms.

nkkhoo, care to comment since your message is ‘bidding is good’?

Gopal Raj Kumar says:

Why question the financial ability of a minister to splurge on car plate? Liow Tiong Lai can buy Alphard, and the WWW15 is for that.

Murugan says:

Cheap thrill of seeing your name published on newspaper comes with a big price!

Alfredo says:

What Fong Chan Onn says could mean every minister is allocated a free number-plate without the ministers having to fork out the money from their own pockets. Still it doesn’t answer the question – who pays for those numbers? Or could he mean JPJ just give out the numbers to the ministers for free – and nobody needs to pay anything, including the taxpayers? Fong should make it clear instead of saying half of the whole truth. And going back to the unnamed officer’s claim that the treasury has never allocated any funds for bidding car-plate numbers, then how did this half-baked health minister pay for his personal favourite WWW 15? Twist and turn whatever lie, he is toasted.

nkkhoo says:

I am ok if he bid the plate with his own money for a new Lamborghini.

Either way, he has hard time to answer. :=)