PETALING JAYA: There is no hanky-panky in the awarding of special vehicle registration numbers by the Road Transport Department (JPJ), says Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi.
Denying that civil servants were given such preferred numbers at the expense of the government earning any revenue from open bidding by the public, Aziz said even he, as a deputy minister, did not receive such a privilege, The Sun reported today.
“Aside from the Yang diPertuan Agong and Sultans, only the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers are entitled to a one-time privilege to choose any registration number during their working tenure.
“Even I am not entitled to the facility. The royalty are allocated seven special vehicle registration numbers while the PM and DPM, with two special numbers.
“Cabinet members are classified as Federal Government administrative officers,” Aziz told the local daily in explaining the controversy over the awarding of two numbers, “V 38” and “V 6” – with zero bidding to “Anggota Pentadbiran Kerajaan” in a list released by JPJ last month.
He added that all standard operating procedures for the awarding of special registration numbers to individuals was adhered to by JPJ.
“No civil servant had received the privilege during the recent tender bidding process for new prefixes of ‘F 1’ to ‘F 9999’ for cars registered in Putrajaya, and ‘V 1’ to ‘V 9999’ for cars registered in Kuala Lumpur,” he said, according to The Sun.
According to JPJ’s list, the July 15-28 tender process for the “V” series of numbers in Kuala Lumpur had yielded a record high for the department under the vehicle tendering process.
It was reported previously that the revenue generated by the vehicle tendering process by the JPJ for the “F 1” until “F 9999” prefix was RM17 million, with 2,276 bidders being successful in their bid for special vehicle registration numbers.
The Sun reported that the list released by the JPJ, also showed that the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar put in the highest bid, getting the number “V 1” with a record amount of RM989,780.
Sultan Ibrahim had broken several records previously with winning bids for “F 1”, paying RM836,660 in July; “W 1 N” (RM748,000) in 2014, and “WWW 1” (RM520,000) in 2012.