KUALA LUMPUR - MyWatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan is questioning "what the big deal" is over an online uproar arising from his purchase of two "BMW" number plates for RM339,776 (S$133,430), saying that he can do whatever he wants with his money.
This came after a photo circulated on social media of bidders for the "BMW" number plate series, listing him as the owner of BMW8 and BMW11, for which he paid RM174,776 and RM165,000 respectively.
Speaking to The Star, Sanjeevan, who claimed he doesn't own any cars but only a motorcycle, said the photo was being used as a poor means to discredit him.
"It's a poor topic with which to attack me because everything was done legally. No one can question me. It is my hard-earned money," said Sanjeevan, adding that he bought the number plates for investment purposes.
He also clarified that he holds no positions in PKR and is just an ordinary party member.
Though he is best known publicly for his near-fatal shooting last year and being the chairman of MyWatch, which has raised alleged misconduct and misappropriation of funds in the police force, Sanjeevan said he had a long career in the hotel line before he started the anti-crime watchdog group in 2012.
"I was a senior manager for Hilton Hotel for five years and was in the hotel line for many years before that. I also own an overseas IT firm. Those attacking me don't know my full background," he said.
Due to the buzz around his procurement of the number plates, Sanjeevan said he would now offer up the BMW8 plate for RM500,000, promising that he would donate RM100,000 to charity if he could make the sale.
On what he would do with the BMW11 plate, Sanjeevan said in jest: "I'll put it on my motorbike."
Sanjeevan ran unsuccessfully for the PKR Youth vice-presidency during the party elections in April.
In July 2013, he was shot by a motorcycle pillion rider in Bahau when he and a friend were travelling in a BMW.
He ended up in a coma for 35 days.
The Road Transport Department opened the "BMW" number plate bidding by public tender from Aug 14 to 28.
Also on the list of "BMW" plate owners in the photo were national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei, who was said to have paid RM97,777 for BMW6, Tengku Ahmad Shah (RM132,000 for BMW3), Tengku Sulaiman Shah (RM188,100 for BMW5) and an unidentified government officer who was registered with the BMW1, BMW2, BMW7, BMW9 and BMW10 plates for undisclosed amounts.