Bid results on May 24.
SO FAR a total of 14,131 bids have been received by the Road Transport Department (RTD) for vehicle registration numbers starting with ‘WWW’ alphabets that stand for World Wide Web since bidding was opened to the public on April 30.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha personally announced that all WWW numbers that are available have received bids. He appears to be paying special attention to this matter.
“All categories, including attractive golden and popular numbers have received high bids and hit the highest prices,” he announced in Kuala Lumpur on May 11.
According to him, 9,787 bids were recorded by the Wangsa Maju RTD and the rest were received by its offices at Bandar Seri Permaisuri (1,592), Maju Junction (602) and Post RTD (2,150).
Kong noted that 2,000 bidding receipts were issued yesterday (May 11). He reminded the public that bidding would close at noon on Monday (May 14) and disclosed that bidding results would be made known May 24.
Golden numbers consist of single digit numbers from one to ten, while interesting numbers are combinations of two numbers such as 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 28, 33, 38, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99.
Interesting numbers include repeating numbers like 111, 222, 333, 555, 666, 777, 888, 999, 1111, 2222, 3333, 5555, 6666, 7777, 8888 and 9999.
Examples of popular numbers are 20, 2020, 7000, 8383, while running numbers are those available anytime based on current running registration numbers.
The minimum bid for a golden number is set at RM10,000 each, while the minimum for an interesting number was RM2,000 each, a popular number at RM300 each and a running number at RM200 each.
According to RTD, bidding could be done nation-wide. Motorists from Peninsular Malaysia could bid for a Sabah number while Sabahans could bid for numbers in the peninsular.
In Sabah, the car plate number SAB4H that resembles the name of the state raised a lot of interest among motor owners last November.
Although the number 4 is said to be taboo to many people because it sounds like “death” in some Chinese dialects, yet that golden number created a lot of interest.
The state Road Transport Department started taking in tenders for car plate numbers for SAB1H to SAB9999H series, with SAB4H raising top attention among the people.
The state director of RTD, Mohd Shuhaili Mohd Taufek (left) said SAB4H was considered a golden number, for which tenders were sent directly to the headquarters in Kuala Lumpur for approval.
As it turned out, the four bidders of the unique car plate number, SAB4H, had to withdraw their bids after the JPJ department decided to give it to the Head of State of Sabah, Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Juhar Mahiruddin, who got it free as there is a special allocation for that purpose.
RTD revealed in early December that the vehicle registration number within the number series from SAB1H to SAB9999H that drew the highest bid of less than RM70,000 was SAB1H.
The bid was higher than that offered for SAB4H, which was about RM50,000. SAB1H was bought by an individual who declined to be identified.
New vehicles on the rise
Meanwhile, Kong said on a previous occasion that the number of new vehicles on the road in Malaysia has increased by 4.66 per cent last year compared with 2010.
The highest number of new registrations was in Kuala Lumpur with 328,578, followed by Johor (155,611) and Penang (106,514).
There were 1,211,199 new vehicle registrations last year compared with 1,158,072 in 2010, said the Transport Minister.
He added that the number of registered vehicles in the country came to 21,401,269 last year.