FRESH from the controversy over the car plates of “TMJ” and “RZ”, Transport Minister Anthony Loke has avoided further questions from the press on the issue, sticking to his reply from the day before.
When met by reporters at the lobby, Loke declined to confirm if the two licence plates were registered, saying that a written reply had already been distributed to the media on Monday.
Pressed by reporters on whether he was trying to avoid conflict with the Johor royalty, Loke said: “I already answered yesterday (Monday).”
On Monday, Labis MP Pang Hok Liong had raised the question in Parliament over the legality of the two vehicle number plates used by the Johor royalty – “TMJ” and “RZ”.
“TMJ” denotes the Malay initials for Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim’s title, the Tunku Mahkota Johor, while “RZ” are the initials of the Johor Permaisuri – Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah.
Yesterday, to a question in Dewan Rakyat, Loke said some 62% of 16,338 drivers had passed the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) e-hailing theory licensing test ahead of the July 12 deadline.
The candidates sat for the test, which was developed by various agencies, between April 1 and June 30.
“Out of this, 10,151 drivers passed and qualified for the PSV licence. This shows that the statement by Grab Drivers Malaysia Association claiming that only between 10% and 50% for each class passed was inaccurate,” he told Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (BN-Padang Terap).