I've been to KLIA2 a few times. A big fascinating terminal with good facilities and bustling crowd, symbolising a promising future for the operator and airlines using it.
Yes, there are many shop lots. We have almost all the popular franchisees there, KFC, McD, 7-Eleven, etc. Business looks good although one must take a big walk inside. You can't find a 'nasi campur' stall inside.
However, I have yet to see any Malay or Bumiputra's shop. There were still some vacant lots but I was told the takers are all non-Malays.
What happened to the Malays? What a stupid question, right! Simple answer, the Malays couldn't afford the high rental of between RM8,000 to RM20,000 per month. A few lots cost more than that. Even Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary will find the rental rate 'exorbitant'.
And for that reason, Perkasa is complaining, blaming it of PM Najib.
Malay right wing group Perkasa is blaming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for failing to ensure Bumiputera businessmen were given opportunities to do business at the newly opened Kuala Lumpur International Airport (klia2).
Its secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali said Najib's promises to Bumiputera businessmen remained mere rhetoric. "The failure of Malay entrepreneurs to get business lots at klia2 is proof that all of Najib's promises over the last five years to enhance Bumiputera participation in business and commerce were mere lip service,” he said in a statement. Syed Hassan said Perkasa had always expressed concern that Bumiputera businessmen should be given opportunities but that the issue of Malay traders being marginalised in klia2 was too glaring. "Bumiputera traders are sidelined not only in klia2 but also at other new business and commercial centres like in KLCC," he said. He said Perkasa's proposal to Najib that government-linked companies (GLCs) assist Bumiputera in business ventures had also fallen on deaf ears. "The GLCs have not taken seriously the prime minister's repeated calls to help Malay traders," he said. Syed Hassan also questioned the Bumiputera Economy Action Council (MTEB) which did not translate its many pronouncements into actions to benefit Malay businessmen. "MTEB is chaired by the prime minister and where is the organisation now?" he asked.
I agree with Perkasa.
Similar story at all the 'development corridors', north, south, east and west. The Malays are staying away from it because of high rental.
At KLIA2, there are many Malays, you have to admit it. But they are just workers at the restaurants and other outlets.