Looks like there aren’t many “patriots” willing to cough up silly money for a number plate. The ‘PATRIOT’ registration plate number series is now on sale at the PWTC in conjunction with the UMNO general assembly, with discounts of up to 50%, Malay Mail Online reports.

“There is no need for bidding, you can just register on our website or come straight to our booth at the Putra World Trade Centre to get discounts up to 50 per cent,” Yayasan Patriot Nasional Malaysia (YPNM) marketing officer Afif Nadim told ProjekMMO.

Like G1M (Gagasan 1Malaysia) and 1M4U (1Malaysia For Youth), the PATRIOT plate series was introduce in June by YPNM as part of its fund-raising drive to promote moderation. Proceeds from the sale of PATRIOT 1 to 9999 will be used to carry out programmes and activities that build patriotism and bring together Malaysians of various race and religion, the KL-based NGO claims on its website.

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The minimum bidding price for the premier category (PATRIOT 1 to 10) ranged from RM380,000 to RM1 million and the ‘PATRIOT 1’ plate was reported to be sold in July for RM1,308,000, higher than the RM748,000 for ‘W1N’ by Sultan Ibrahim Ismail of Johor, who also paid RM520,000 for ‘WWW 1’. YPNM had hoped to generate RM10 million from sales of the series.

It’s not without controversy, and MMO reports that there are critics claiming that YPNM had obtained the plate number auction from Putrajaya under questionable circumstances.

“We received numerous accusations like we are selling our sovereignty off. But does the sale of the Jalur Gemilang equate to selling off our sovereignty too? It is just a similar concept with Patriot. We are only trying to instill patriotism in the rakyat and unite them,” Afif said.