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US$163,000 bid for WWW?

Publication Date : 19-04-2012

 

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's bidding for the much-hyped “WWW” vehicle registration numbers only starts on April 30 but the queue numbers are almost sold out. Kuala Lumpur Road Transport Department director Mohd Nadzri Osman said there were not many queue numbers left especially for the first day of the 14-day bidding period. “They're going real fast like hot cakes. We decided to sell the queue numbers early to avoid a rush and congestion at the counters,” he said. The queue numbers are needed for the public to submit their bid for a registration number and are sold at 10 ringgit per number. Mohd Nadzri said one queue number was valid for one bid only and predicted that the “WWW” registration number could attract a bid as high as 500,000 ringgit (US$163,000). “We have already received several offers that exceed 400,000 ringgit,” he said but declined to reveal the numbers involved. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said one of the reasons people were so interested in having the registration numbers was because it was the acronym for the Internet or World Wide Web. “The hot numbers would be the single digits such as WWW 1, WWW 3, WWW 8 as well as WWW 11, WWW 33 and WWW 88,” he said. The highest bid for a vehicle registration number in Malaysia so far was MCA1, bought for 300,100 ringgit in 2010, surpassing a previous record of 242,000 ringgit for the Terengganu-issued TAY1.

 

Malaysia's bidding for the much-hyped “WWW” vehicle registration numbers only starts on April 30 but the queue numbers are almost sold out.

Kuala Lumpur Road Transport Department director Mohd Nadzri Osman said there were not many queue numbers left especially for the first day of the 14-day bidding period.

“They're going real fast like hot cakes. We decided to sell the queue numbers early to avoid a rush and congestion at the counters,” he said.

The queue numbers are needed for the public to submit their bid for a registration number and are sold at 10 ringgit per number.

The bidding can only be done at the Kuala Lumpur JPJ offices in Wangsa Maju, Bandar Sri Permaisuri and Maju Junction.

Mohd Nadzri said one queue number was valid for one bid only and predicted that the “WWW” registration number could attract a bid as high as 500,000 ringgit (US$163,000).

“We have already received several offers that exceed 400,000 ringgit,” he said but declined to reveal the numbers involved.

Malaysia's Transport Ministry is expecting the “WWW” registration numbers to break the record as the most expensive.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said one of the reasons people were so interested in having the registration numbers was because it was the acronym for the Internet or World Wide Web.

“Based on the interest shown, we believe the registration numbers would not just be a hot item, but set a record for the highest booking price.

“The hot numbers would be the single digits such as WWW 1, WWW 3, WWW 8 as well as WWW 11, WWW 33 and WWW 88,” he said.

The highest bid for a vehicle registration number in the country so far was MCA1, bought for 300,100 ringgit in 2010, surpassing a previous record of 242,000 ringgit for the Terengganu-issued TAY1.

 

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