Here’s an update on the ‘RIMAU’ special plates to commemorate the 2017 SEA Games hosted by Kuala Lumpur. Bidding for numbers from ‘RIMAU 1’ to ‘RIMAU 9999’ will be officially opened tomorrow (April 1), with bids starting from as low as RM500, Bernama reports.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said proceeds from the bids could help offset the costs of hosting the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games, which will take place in August and September respectively.

“We hope to get as much as possible from the bidding process because not only the number plates are a memento to the people, but also the proceeds can be used for financing the organising cost,” he told reporters at the launch of the number plate bidding yesterday.

RIMAU is the name of the games’ Malayan Tiger mascot. RIMAU stands for Respect, Integrity, Move, Attitude and Unity. The SEA Games commemorative number plates are being released by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) via the Road Transport Department (JPJ). It follows sporting event special number plates such as ‘BAMbee’ (2000 Thomas Cup) and ‘SUKOM’ (1998 Commonwealth Games).

Bids can be put in through the e-bid system on www.kualalumpur2017.com.my. Special number plates are nothing new, and recently released ones include ‘PERFECT’, ‘NAAM’, ‘VIP’, ‘GT’ and ‘PATRIOT’.