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KUALA LUMPUR: Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday he is giving up the car registration number WWW 15 as the number should go to the highest bidder.
Liow said in a statement, and later at Parliament lobby, that he did not bid for the number and had not been aware of a bidding process for the number.
As it turned out, his office had submitted an application for the number to be used for the minister’s official car in accordance with procedures. “It was an application following proper procedures. I had simply exercised my
option as a minister.”
He added it was normal for ministers to exercise the option to apply for a car number plate for official cars.
Liow said his office had received a letter dated June 6 from the Road Transport Department confirming the free registration number.
"As I know now that there was bidding for this number, it is only right that I do not exercise my option. The number should go to the highest bidder."
The highest bid for WWW15 was RM24,200.
Liow said he could not clarify the matter before this because he was attending the World Health Organisation executive board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
"It is not that I do not want to pay up. The number should go to the highest bidder," he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.