Monday, July 5, 2010

The Magic Of Numbers

This piece of news here about Datuk Siti Nurhaliza has prompted me to write this article. They say everything starts with a dream. Well. I started nurturing a dream of becoming rich and famous ever since I was in my teens but to date there's not the slightest of hint that I am heading in that direction. It doesn't matter anymore now but I do keep abreast of what our local who's who are up to flaunting their wealth like there's no tomorrow. It is fascinating to note how the rich and famous splash and splurge their enormous wealth with such nonchalance leaving people like me gaping in awe and disbelief . Apparently, having expensive cars is not quite enough for this exclusive lot. They  have to take it a step further by having personalised registration numbers and in the case of the country's top singer, RM60k is mere chickenfeed. Well, I suppose when you do something, do it all the way. It suddenly dawned on me that I had made the biggest mistake of my life; I should have pursued singing as a career 40 years ago!!! Who knows, I might be chauffeur driven in a Rolls by now. Fat hopes.

I'm not against the Datuk. I would have done the same had I been in her position. If there's anything that fascinates me, car registration numbers is one of them. It pleases me to see cars with a nice registration number. They need not be single digits; four digits would be fine if they are nicely arranged. It is annoying to see numbers which are haphazardly arranged, even more so if the cars are worth hundreds and hundreds of thousands or millions, may be. I just don't understand how some people are willing to fork out so much and yet skip the finer points which stick out like a sore thumb.

It was this craze for car numbers that had me trying my luck to obtain one some twenty years ago. I was realistic enough not to try the single digits. They were well out of my reach even twenty years ago. Two digits seemed a bit scanty on the length of the plate. I was not really keen on three digits  so the only choice left was to go for the four digits. I had to sweet talk my better half to make the necessary enquiries from JPJ. He obliged but not without first retorting that nobody would ever notice a Proton Wira Aeroback with a nice registration number. That was the new car I planned to buy then.I was neither disheartened nor disillusioned. He was entitled to his opinions. I had my own reasons. If I can't have a Merc or a BMW, then at least, give me the pleasure of  getting a nice number plate. Is that asking too much?

I didn't know what the running alphabets were for Selangor at that time. There was nothing I could do to rearrange them even if I wanted to. So, I had to accept them as they were. It was indeed a double joy when I not only got the number that I wanted "6789" but it also came with an impressive "BEB" and all for RM200. Well, babe, that was one good catch.

Now, twenty years and two cars later, I still retain my "BEB 6789". And I must add this bit....remember the guy who passed the caustic remarks about nobody taking any notice of 6789 on a Proton Wira Aeroback? Well, soon after that, he decided to register his car with the same number and like me, two cars later, he still keeps his 6789.  Incidentally we both share the same model but his is gold and mine is silver.




  1. Well,
    I will be...., Just sold my WSX 566... at the same price as bought them ~ 1 year ago..
    The buyer like the number and asked about WSX.. well I said "I told my 2 children it mean Wan Sharif Xtreme.. they obviously like it very much.." The new owner bought the car without haggling..he..he.

  2. wow, his and hers 6789 benzs! that's soooo sweet!

    i bet you're always a babe in his eyes ;-)

  3. Salam Pn Roffini
    Seronoknya ye jika no rumah kita, plet kereta, buku bank, password, kad pengenalan, dll semua tersusun bermula dgn 1. Life would be a lot easier (also for the one who steals our ATM card!).
    Bagusnya no plet kereta puan itu dapat terus dimiliki & dipindah-pindahkan ke kereta baru. Makin lama, si nombor makin berpeluang duduk kat kereta yg lebih hebat pula tu! Syukur.

  4. En. Wan,
    WSX....Wan Sharif Xtreme. Wow! Neat and cool.

  5. Salam Temuk,
    Syukur Alhamdulillah. Semuanya berkat berjimat cermat. Susah-susah dahulu, senang-senang kemudian. Itulah yang diharapkan.

  6. Siti,

    ,,,even today i have trouble remembering my car or motorbike registration no. ! eerrmm, jgn lupa nama bini cukup kot ?..hihihi
    ,,,anyhow, i drive an old beat-up 35 years old 109 4WD Land Rover Series 111 and dulu dulu no one would ever care to look at it but strangely many nowadays had approached me to buy it off !. Kereta besi buruk pun ada orang interested, in fact I went/drove to pulau duyong this evening and a lady asked if am interested to sell it too. She was dead serious about it. eeerrrmmm !!! kat Jitra ada tak old Landy for sale ?.

  7. Capt.,
    I don't know much about cars but I suppose Land Rovers are good for rough terrains and rough pirates, too! Hehehe! Tak perasan pulak Kat Jitra ada tak.

  8. Siti,
    Salam ziarah,been reading your blog.Retired teacher ?Me too.So mesti banyak pengalaman dengan anak didik kan.About the number plate...PEE baik tak payah.Also for that 4 letter word.Seriau makcik tengok.

  9. Salam Cikgu,
    Thanks for dropping by. I see many PEEs on the road. They don't seem to be the least bit bothered. Well, everybody has a different way of looking at things. I would have been terribly embarassed. Thank goodness the four letter word will never materialise because no states in M'sia have a registration number starting with "F".