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

Published by on . Updated on 14 Jan 2022

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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 2022 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?

11) 1858

The number '8' sounds like richness whereas '5', again, sounds like won't. Similar to the number 1358, 1858 means "you won't prospr"

12) 4687

You would have to be incredibly unlucky to get this number plate. Not only is 4 an unlucky number, in 2022 6,7,8 are unlucky numbers for the year of the tiger. 

Buying Car Plates

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If you want to know the value of your current car plate, Motorist can help you on that front! Simply visit our website to buy and sell car plates as well as enquire about yours!

To buy a car plate, simply go to our website and choose the car plate you desire. There would be the price and the car plate number listed there as well. Once you click the "Buy Now" button, our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Just be sure not to buy any with these number combinations!

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Ildy 03


If we only put the numbers 35 or 53. What does it mean?

Thank you.


about 2 months ago

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

over 5 years ago

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

over 5 years ago

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

over 5 years ago