KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7, 2014:
The term “Anggota Pentadbiran Kerajaan” that was used in undisclosed successful bids for the exclusive BMW number plates belong to the Selangor royal family.
Road Transport Department (RTD) director-general, Datuk Ismail Ahmad said they were termed “Anggota Pentadbiran Kerajaan” (government administration personnel) to avoid negative public perception and criticism.
He said he would have felt serba salah (guilty) if the department had released their names as they belonged to the royal family.
“A decree for the number plates was made by the Sultan in January for himself and his family.
“If it had been his relations, then we would be less hesitant to name them,” he told The Rakyat Post.
Ismail said in this case, being transparent would have posed too many problems.
“The people will condemn us either way as to why there was special treatment for these number plates. But how can you refuse a royal decree?
“If it wasn’t a royal decree, we would have revealed the names.”
He said it would not be appropriate if this matter became an issue.
“These are number plates of his state, we shouldn’t question it.”
Ismail confirmed that none of the single digit number plates belonged to politicians.
“They could not afford such exclusive plates.”
Ismail also confirmed that none of the plates went for free.
Recent reports revealed that the number plates BMW 1, BMW 2, BMW 7, BMW 9 and BMW 10 were all listed under the term “Anggota Pentadbiran Kerajaan“.
Among others who purchased these exclusive number plates were national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei, MyWatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan and several other members of royal families.
Sanjeevan, who spent RM340,000 for two plates, described the purchase as an “investment”.
Read more: http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2014/10/07/undisclosed-bmw-number-plates-belong-selangor-royal-family/#ixzz3FS5OfGaB