Malaysia – next series and jottings

June 2013 – Su Ling, our stringer in Kuala Lumpur sends  information today  carried by the government website:   May 2014 – corrections in red.

http://www.jpj.gov.my/transaksi-percuma-no.-pendaftaran-terkini

The Wilaya (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) is about to issue the last component of its three-letter, four-number series, with WYY 9999.   It is intended to move to W 1 A 1-9999. W 1 B 1-9999 etc.   It has rushed through its ‘W’ code, which only started in 1974 with WA-WY, then WAA=WYY, and it will have lasted just about 40 years…..    The other Malaysian states commenced their issues on or before 1934, first with their single state code letter and 1 to 9999, then adding a  one-letter A-Y suffix* to 9999, then most of them to double-suffix and to 9999.   * missing such as I, O & Z.

No other Malaysian states or territories are anywhere near exhausting their current 3L4N series – indeed, Perlis has not yet issued its first three-letter plates, being still at RJ 8187 this month!   (06/2013)    Even little Labuan, the Bornean island, has reached LE, having only started LA a few years ago.

Malaysia was one of the first jurisdictions to use plastic for its plates and there are many snapped, splintered ones to be seen.    They can be hard to photograph because of their shiny surface reflecting sunlight or flash.    Anyone can make these plates and the new slim characters have slowly replaced the big, British-style ones common to Malaya until the 1970s.    The blue Trade Plates are still pressed alloy in that earlier style and appear to be officially made and issued.    Many heavy lorries and trailers use pressed-alloy plates, because the plastic  plates are too easily breakable on rough terrain/building sites etc.     The most common font is almost identical to the former South Africa design.

I don’t like ’em!

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TJ 3079. Could be Transvaal-Johannesburg – but it’s from Trengganu.

TJ 1 Belonged to the Mayor of Johannesburg,  Brumby archive

TJ 1 Belonged to the Mayor of Johannesburg,
Brumby archive

CA 6363. Could be Cape Town - but it's Pahang (seen in Penang)

CA 6363. Could be Cape Town – but it’s Pahang (seen in Penang)

NN 2625.   Could be from Newcastle (City) in Natal, but it's from Negri Sembilan.
NN 2625. Could be from Newcastle (City) in Natal, but it’s from Negri Sembilan.

UK has adopted the plastic plate, sadly, even for diplomatic and consular series, though still trade plates are officially manufactured and allocated  by the state.    Military vehicles can be seen with metal plates.   (Probably now made for us in China! )

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SARAWAK

The information contained in the Malaysian Govt. website noted above, confirms the suspicion noted in the 25th. March Blog that Sarawak has adopted a suffix letter.     We showed this photo:

I may be behind on developments in Kuching, Sarawak, but I am surprised to see this apparent development in their system, in the addition of a suffix serial - and already at letter 'C'!   A is for Kuching, the capital; it is unlikely to to have spread to the other registration centres yet, I imagine....    VB in Kuala Lumpur 25/3/2013

I may be behind on developments in Kuching, Sarawak, but I am surprised to see this apparent development in their system, in the addition of a suffix serial – and already at letter ‘C’!     QA is for Kuching, the capital; this new suffix is unlikely to to have spread to the other Sarawak registration centres yet, I imagine…. VB in Kuala Lumpur 25/3/2013

Confirmed first sighting of Sarawak now using a suffix serial, C.    (Vic Brumby)

Confirmed first sighting of Sarawak  using a suffix serial, C.  and now as far as suffix ‘G’.                      (Vic Brumby)

For good measure,  let us finally note the simple transport employed by the wise leader of this Malaysian state.  It was the central vehicle in a noisy son et lumiére cavalcade of motorcycle outriders, dark-window’ed Range Rovers full of goons and an army Landrover or two, which accompanied him to his noodle  lunch one day at the pub I was staying at, near the Kuching airport.

His grandfather travelled by dugout canoe, collected shrunken heads and gave Shell a licence to explore for black gold!

A basic conveyance for the village headman in Kuching.

A basic conveyance for the village headman in Kuching.

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2 Responses to Malaysia – next series and jottings

  1. QUOTE : indeed, Pahang has not yet issued its first three-letter plates, being still at RJ 8187 this month!

    It’s Perlis actually.
    Pahang is using the C letter.

    Regards.

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