The Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT) has just announced the tender results for the special “Malaysia” number plate series that was announced in June 2018. Malaysian’s obsession with single digit plates, particularly the number “1”, has once again broken the record for the most expensive bid ever made in the country.
Transport Minister, Anthony Loke announced at a press conference that “Malaysia 1” was awarded to Aldi International Sdn Bhd with a winning bid of RM1,111,111. This broke the previous bid of RM989,000 for the number plate “V1”.
The Johor-based firm also secured the bids for “Malaysia 2” for RM422,000 and “Malaysia 4” for RM162,000 as reported by The Star. “Malaysia 8” had the second highest winning bid at RM618,000 while the third most expensive plate “Malaysia 99” went to 99 Speed Mart Sdn Bhd for RM501,500.
“Malaysia 8055” which can also be read as “Malaysia BOSS”, drew in the most number of bids at 49 but eventually went to the winning bid of RM81,888. Loke revealed that he personally placed a bid for “Malaysia 509” with RM1,509 but was unsuccessful, trailing 11th behind the winning bid of RM20,000.
In total, the Malaysia plate series which runs from “Malaysia 1” to “Malaysia 2020” has raked in RM13.1 million in revenue for the government from a total successful bid of 3,353. Loke revealed that there are 6,645 numbers in the series which are still available, and the public can place their bid for one at Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ) branches.