Transport Minister Anthony Loke has put a stop to the practice of authorising NGOs to sell special car number plates, adding that all purchases must now go through the Road Transport Department (JPJ)
He was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting with JPJ earlier today, 24 May.
"It is true that the minister has powers to allow this, but the practice ends now. From now on, any buying of number plates must go through JPJ, without exceptions. This is Government revenue and we intend to collect all of it," Loke said as quoted in a report by The Star Online.
When questioned about the bidding process, Loke said he had directed JPJ to set up an electronic bidding system which will allow members of the public to bid for numbers from anywhere
As for employees of the soon-to-be-defunct Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Loke assured them that they will be reassigned to fill in roles in JPJ
He said SPAD staff will not be dismissed following the Prime Minister's decision to shut down the agency.
"These vacancies are mostly in the department’s enforcement (division). For those with overlapping (roles), we will announce that later," the MP of Seremban said as quoted by New Straits Times (NST).
The newly minted Transport Minister also said he wants to ban and eradicate the practice of giving bribes for driver's licenses: