The results for the new Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur number plates with the ‘V’ prefix are out, and it’s not much of a surprise that the coveted ‘V1’ registration number goes to Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar. The ruler put in a winning bid just short of RM1 million to seal the deal.

The RM989,780 bid tops the RM836,660 Sultan Ibrahim paid for the ‘F1’ plate last month. Then, the ‘F1’ Putrajaya number was the highest sum the Sultan had paid for a number plate, eclipsing the RM748,000 bid for ‘W1N’ in 2014 and RM520,000 for ‘WWW1’ in 2012. These are the highest sums paid for regular series number plates in Malaysia.

A mysterious rich man paid RM1.308 million to own the special ‘PATRIOT 1‘ plate last year, and there are a couple of new special plate series being hawked now such as VIP (Visit Pahang Year), PERFECT (by the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia) and as reported yesterday, NAAM (New Affirmative Action Movement).

The number plate system change to ‘F’ for Putrajaya and ‘V’ for KL is for the authorities to earn more money – this is big business. Deputy transport minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi was quoted as saying that the public were more comfortable with the traditional number plate sequence of a single prefix, versus a prefix and suffix numbering system (W XXX A, started in September 2013 and now defunct).

“This is based on massive decline in bidding for the current KL number plate sequence. So I hope with ‘V’, it will get people excited,” he said.

Other notable ‘V’ numbers snapped up are ‘V6’ by an unnamed government official (Anggota Pentadbiran Kerajaan), ‘V9’ by Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan (Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail), ‘V38’ by another government official and ‘V63’ by one Azalina Binti Othman, which should be the cabinet minister. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani (V40) and Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (V89) are also in the list.