Earlier this year, the government announced that the practice of issuing special number plate series to NGOs was to be stopped. Those that were previously approved before the decision was announced would however be able to continue sales, with a one-year grace period being given to sell and register these numbers. It looks like quite a few special plates made it through before the announcement – one more that has appeared is the IM series.

This one has been around for a bit though, given that bidding dates were listed as being from October 1 to October 22, with the results having been due on November 1, which was a month ago. The series, ranging from IM 1 to IM 9999, is a special series plate that was approved for the Environmental Management and Research Association of Malaysia (Ensearch), with sales being undertaken by Nfort MSC on behalf of Ensearch.

Like many of the special series plates, minimum tender price, and that for a single digit (Diamond) is a rather pricey RM100,000, followed by special and repeating double-, triple- and quadruple-digit numbers (12, 22, 333, 6666, tagged as Platinum) at RM50,000. Gold numbers, essentially non-repeating double-digit and a few select triple and quad numbers, start from RM20,000.

Next is Super Silver (RM10,000), which contains a host of special triple- and quad-digit numbers, and Silver (RM5,000), which are the less special triple-digit sequences. Finally, there’s Super Bronze (RM3,000) and Bronze (RM1,500), the last of which covers all the rest of the available numbers in the series

The last special plate introduced by a private organisation was E, but there have been a host of special plates in recent times. These include UA, YA, UUU, UP, G1G-G999G, X, XX, YY, UU, GTR, GG, SAM, K1M, T1M, A1M, US, SMS, NBOS, NAAM, VIP, G, GT, U, Y, PERFECT, PATRIOT and FB by JPJ itself.

The government has of course gotten into the game itself – its “Malaysia” series set a new record for the highest sum paid for a specific vehicle registration plate, with RM1,111,111 being paid for “Malaysia 1”. The bid by Aldi International broke the previous record held by “V1”, which was purchased for RM989,000 in 2016.