Ministry explains ‘zero bids’ for special vehicle numbers
PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi (pix) has clarified the issue over zero bidding for certain special vehicle registration numbers, saying that only the prime minister (PM), deputy prime minister (DPM) and Cabinet ministers are entitled to them, besides the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and sultans.
Members of royalty are allocated seven special vehicle registration numbers while the PM and DPM, are given two special numbers.
“Cabinet ministers are only entitled to a one-time privilege to choose any registration number during their working tenure,” Aziz told theSun.
Aziz said deputy ministers are not entitled to such a benefit.
“Even I am not getting the facility,” he said, adding that the Road Transport Department (RTD) always ensures procedures are adhered to when awarding special registration numbers to individuals.
He said the special registration numbers are given to Cabinet ministers, PM and DPM as they are classified as federal government administrative officials.
Aziz was clearing the air over the question of unnamed “Anggota Pentadbiran Kerajaan” as the owner of the two numbers – “V 38” and “V 6” – with zero bidding in the list released by RTD last month.
He was asked to comment about special registration numbers, which could have possibly fetched a high amount through public bidding, but had been awarded to certain “Government Administrative Officials”, resulting in lower revenue for the government after a bidding exercise.
He also reiterated that no civil servant was given the privilege during the recent tender bidding process for new prefixes of “F 1 to F 9999” (Putrajaya) and “V 1 to V 9999” (Kuala Lumpur).
The tender process for KL’s new prefix from July 15-28, has yielded the highest revenue ever recorded for a vehicle registration tender drive. An official statement will be issued soon by RTD on the overall revenue generated from the “V” series tender process.
Previously, the tender results for the “F 1 until F 9999” prefix saw RM17 million generated from 2,276 successful bidders.