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Published on May 19th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen


JPJ Servers Crashed Since 7 Last Night Over FF Number Plates Bid

Apparently Saudi Arabians aren’t the only ones crazy for number plates

Okay, so yesterday, the Malaysian Road and Transport Department (JPJ) had set up a bid online for a rather unique set of  number plates and in case you were wondering, the plates in question are “FF” plates so you can clearly see the appeal. Well apparently, I had underestimated just how much people needed this plate as it led to a server crash.

Number Plates

That’s right, as of 7pm. Last night (18 May 2023), the JPJ online bid for the “FF” number plate saw far too many interested bidders than it could handle and the server just decided to commit Seppuku (the ancient Japanese art of ritualistic suicide to preserve honour) and thus, the bid had to be extended.

Moreover, the JPJ themselves posted about this on their social media and it, roughly translated, states “For your information, the bid for the series of “FF” number plates which was scheduled to be concluded on 18 May 2023 has been extended by 24 hours and will be closed on 19 May 2023 at 22:00:00 hours (10p.m.) as a result of service disruptions. We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconveniences caused. Thank you.”


The best part is one of these number plates, “FF 9,” currently has the highest bid at RM708,775. How can Malaysians afford this when we are the same people up in arms over petrol prices slightly going up? Is all this just a facade or are Malaysians really struggling? Well, at least some of us are doing well, I guess.

On top of that, with many Malasians struggling just to make ends meet, I know what I’m talking about, I know these people personally, and most Malaysians making many budget cuts just to have any hope of saving something at the end of the month, it is quite demoralising to see some people spending so lavishly on number plates.

Well, my opinions on how some people have more money than they know what to do with white some barely eat some days aside, I think we can all agree that spending so much on a number plate is slightly absurd, after all, that same money could buy one a fancy sports car or luxury vehicle.

Number Plates

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that I don’t think any number plate, regardless of how cool it is, is worth crashing a server for but then again, what do I know about living large? My friends will be the first to tell you that I am somewhat of a scrooge so I try to save every penny I can, so I am clearly not the target audience of these number plate bids.

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