10 Unlucky Number Plates that Will Make You Go ‘Suay Lah’

Published by on . Updated on 18 May 2020

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Last week, we featured 10 auspicious number plates. This week, we feature 10 unlucky ones you might want to avoid in 2019 if you are superstitious.

Do numbers really mean much to people? The answer depends on who you ask. To some people, the number ‘4’ doesn’t mean anything. But to others, especially the older generation, it is a number they’d like to avoid. To the uninitiated, the number ‘4’ means “die” or “death” in Mandarin and Cantonese respectively.

Last week we wrote an article about 10 auspicious number plates that will make you go ‘huat ah’. This week, we are continuing the list with 10 unlucky number plates that you might want to avoid. Guess which number came up the most often on the list?

1) 1358

The numbers ‘1’ and ‘3’ in Mandarin sounds like the words “whole life”, while the number ‘5’ in Mandarin sounds close to the word “won’t”. As mentioned last week, the number ‘8’ refers to the word “prosper”. Therefore, this number means ‘whole life won’t prosper’.

2) 2104

In Cantonese, the number ‘2’ sounds like the word “you”; The number ‘10’ sounds like the word “confirm”. Therefore, this number said in Cantonese sounds like “you confirm will die”.

3) 3304

This one is quite straightforward. With the number ‘3’ meaning “life” and the number ‘0’ meaning “sure”, it just means, “life after life sure die”. While we can’t live forever, maybe let’s not hang a reminder of it on our cars?

4) 4242

The number ‘2’ in Cantonese sounds like the word “easy”. So, this number means, “die easy die easy”.

5) 4444

Four ‘4’. This simply means, “die die die die”. Fun fact: even though this is an unlucky number, it still costs a few thousand dollars to bid for this number. The reason being is that any number plate with the same number being repeated four times will always be popular, regardless of what that number may be.

6) 5324

All four numbers were mentioned earlier. Pieced together, it basically means, “don’t live, easy die”.

7) 6242

In Hokkien, the number ‘6’ sounds like the word “hit” in Malay. So, this number means, “accident easy, die easy”.

8) 8458

Apparently, in Cantonese, the numbers ‘84’ and ‘458’ means, “once you get rich, you will die” and “until death also won't get rich” respectively. It’s a double whammy from the Cantonese language over this number.

9) 9548

In a mixture of Cantonese and Hokkien, ‘9548’ means, “play my backside”. That is not something you should want to hang on the back on your car for other drivers to see.

10) 9958

The number ‘9’ in Mandarin sounds like the word “long”. Therefore, this number means “long long don’t prosper”. A bit cruel, don’t you think?

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Thank you for taking time ( shortest in recent memory!) to answer my query ?? Made me feel a great deal better .

almost 3 years ago

Hello there. Interesting article. So which is better plate- 784 or 2988. ?? TIA ???

almost 3 years ago

lol! thanks for the guide! ? i'll be sure to avoid these numbers when i bid for my next carplate in future

almost 3 years ago