RTD clarifies that Liow was given the vehicle registration number for free based on his eligibility as a minister.
PETALING JAYA: Road Transport Department (RTD) today confirmed that Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai did indeed get the controversial WWW 15 vehicle registration number for free based on the criteria that he was a government minister.
In a statement released by its director general, Solah Mat Hassan said that based on Liow’s eligibility as a minister, RTD had given the number for free.
“We received (Liow’s) application for the WWW 15 number plate for official use on May 14, the last day of the tender process (for the said number).
“The committee to review the registration for the series then decided that the WWW 15 number plate will be offered to Liow with the highest bidder price, RM24,200,” he said.
It is still however unclear if Liow had made a bid for the RM24, 200 for the number plate.
Solah explained that Liow then had three options – he could attain it for free “according to his eligibility” as a minister based on which Liow had made his bid in the first place, pay the full amount of RM24,200 or reject the offer.
Solah added that RTD displayed the names of the successful bidders as the public would like to be informed of the winners.
Liow courted much controversy earlier this week when he fumbled to answer as to who paid for the coveted registration number and created more confusion instead. Liow said that the number was not for his personal use but rather for official purpose.
A day later on Wednesday, Liow said that RTD had given him the number for free and asked for all further questions on the matter to be directed to RTD.