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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been informed that no civil servants have purchased ‘BMW’ number plates – part of the Selangor series – for luxury cars, Bernama reports.

According to PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, no specific quota nor privilege for the plates was given to civil servants, and the successful bidders comprised mostly royalty and cabinet ministers.

“However, we have asked the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to disclose the list even though they are in the opinion that the names should not be disclosed due to sensitivity.

“JPJ has also taken note that the list will be made public if there is an instruction to do so and they have no problem with that,” he said after chairing the PAC-JPJ joint meeting yesterday in Parliament.

“After getting clarification from JPJ regarding the issue of tender holders for luxury number plates, no problems were found,” the PAC chairman told The Star.

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He told the English-language daily that JPJ is set to introduce an e-bidding system for number plates next year, which could reduce human intervention and increase transparency in tender processes.

The PAC was informed that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Sultan had the rights and privileges to get seven free number plates, the Prime Minister and his deputy two, and ministers and their deputies one, throughout their tenure, Nur Jazlan said.

He said the PAC was satisfied with JPJ’s explanations on issues and that the committee believed the department would take all the necessary measures to improve its service and enforcement.

Last month, PAC voiced its intentions to ask JPJ to clarify the procedures surrounding the tender of vehicle number plates, and make the standard operating procedures public knowledge.

This came about, of course, over the coveted Selangor-series BMW number plate tender results, in which five winning bids were not named and the amounts paid not disclosed, apparently to avoid negative public perception.