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Tuesday May 1, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Sunday May 26, 2013 MYT 10:40:55 AM
by lim wey wen
KUALA LUMPUR: Hundreds of people turned up at three Road Transport Department (JPJ) branches here to bid for “WWW” vehicle registration numbers when the series opened for tender.
At the Wangsa Maju branch, many started to queue up at the entrance even before it opened at 7.45am.
An official said this was unprecedented because most people would normally come at around 10am.
He said numbers that usually came under the running list not categorised as premium, attractive or popular numbers had also received bids.
The minimum bid for “premium” numbers (from 1 to 10) and “attractive numbers” are RM10,000 and RM2,000 respectively.
Popular and running numbers require a minimum bid of RM300.
Wan Nurhaslinda Junaini, 31, who bid for a “WWW” number denoting her birthday, said she wanted it although this was not among the most popular combinations.
“I really wanted the number and because the WWW series (which is the acronym for the World Wide Web) only comes once. I felt the need to bid for it,” said Nurhaslinda, who preferred to keep the amount she tendered secret.
Others who bid for “WWW” number combinations said they were willing to pay hundreds to thousands.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the series attracted a lot of interest, adding that he received many enquiries at the ministry itself.
He expects the record set by the vehicle registration number MCA1 which was sold for RM300,100 two years ago to be broken.
The highest bid before that was for the Terengganu-issued TAY1, which sold for RM242,000.
Bidding for the WWW series is open until noon on May 14. Results will be announced on May 24.
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