For a change, I happily read a small article in Al-Waqt this morning which reports that the Foreign Affairs Permanent Committee at the House of Representatives has agreed to allow the auctioning off of vanity number plates [Arabic]. The proceeds of those bi-annuals auctions are going to be used to care for road accident victims.
For those who don’t know, us Bahrainis are completely obsessed with “nice” numbers, be they for the car, phone or anything else they have some control over. You could see these numbers available for sale in the freely distributed advertising magazines with some number plates fetching upwards of BD3,000 (4 numbers) while I heard that 3 numbers number plates fetch BD10k+ – if you can get the personal release of the prime minister to purchase such a plate that is (disclaimer: this last part is hearsay and I cannot confirm it, he might not be involved in such a mundane thing, but this is what I heard anyway)
Zain – which is the communications company formerly known as Vodafone – capitalised on this mania. They successfully auctioned off some special numbers a few of years ago and raised quite some cash for local charities. Does Batelco do this sort of thing too? No idea, but they should if they don’t. It’s a ready market and an easy way to raise much needed funds to cash-strapped charities.
I must applaud the Foreign Affairs Committee for approving such a law. I don’t know who initiated it and I don’t particularly care, it’s a Good Thing™ and this might be the only Good Thing™ that parliament actually will be remembered by.