Min­istry ex­plains ‘zero bids’ for spe­cial ve­hi­cle num­bers

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SHAHRIM TAMRIN

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.

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