Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai bid for vanity number plate
A winning bid for RM24,200 was made under the name of Liow Tiong Lai for WWW 15 number plate auctioned by RTD(JPJ)
- June 7 2012 - RTD gave ‘WWW 15’ for free, says Tiong Lai (Malaysian Insider)
- June 5 2012 - Minister not sure who paid for WWW 15 (Malaysian Insider) Directly Implicated: Liow Tiong Lai, Supporting: Chua Soi Lek
- On June 7, reported in Sin Chew that RTD says it must be paid, but contradicted by statement by Tiong Lai that it was given for free. If it was given for free, it also means that the process at RTD was flawed, as it meant that "official" bidders can bid as high as needed to win, but not have to pay. This again would be an abuse of power.
- There are a lot of conflicting responses from the minister involved. If the money was not personal, it is still abuse of power to use government funds for vanity plates. If government funds were not used, then Liow Tiong Lai will need to declare assets and/or sponsors for the bid payment.