WWW car plates printing money
PLATES FOR BIG NUMBERS: Malaysia has reached WWW on its vehicle registration lists - guess what this one is going to cost?
Kuala Lumpur - The World Wide Web has inspired a bidding war in Malaysia - on vehicle licence plates.
More than 18 000 people submitted bids when the prefix "WWW" became available on this south-east Asian country's plates. The Road Transport Department said the most-coveted, "WWW1", sold for a record 520,000 ringgit (about R1.33-million) to Malaysian royal state leader Sultan Ibrahim Ismail.
R30m EARNINGS LIKELY
The constitutional leader of Malaysia's southern Johor state is reputedly a car enthusiast.
Officials estimate the successful WWW bids will earn the transport department close to R30-million.
The previous highest sum paid for a licence plate in Malaysia was the equivalent of about R764 0000 for MCA1, the abbreviation for a national political party.