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The World Wide Web has inspired a bidding war in Malaysia - on licence plates.
When the prefix “WWW” became available on this Southeast Asian country's plates, more than 18 000 people submitted bids. The Road Transport Department said on Monday that the most coveted plate, “WWW1,” sold for a record 520 000 ringgit ($165 600) to Malaysian royal state leader Sultan Ibrahim Ismail.
The constitutional leader of Malaysia's southern Johor state is reputedly a car enthusiast.
Officials estimate the successful WWW bids will earn the transport department 11.3 million ringgit ($3.6 million).
The previous highest sum paid for a licence plate in Malaysia was 300 100 ringgit ($95,600) in 2010 for MCA1, the acronym for a national political party. - Sapa-AP