4 July 2013
Retailers who have been awarded trading lots at klia2 in Sepang are disappointed with the prolonged delay in the airport’s completion.
The retailers also doubt that the airport can open in time by May 2 next year. They were commenting on The Star report on Tuesday that the airport’s completion has been delayed five times since September 2011, which was the original date for the opening. Many doubt that the contractors can meet the new opening date, announced last month by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).
A businessman, who only wished to be identified as Datuk M. Joh from Subang Jaya, said he had been awarded a contract to operate a restaurant serving Malay delicacies at klia2. He said he was already paying wages for four workers, including a manager, although he had not started his business.
“I have incurred RM7,000 in monthly losses to pay the wages. It seems that I will have to continue paying them for another 10 months,” he added.
Retailer J.S. Lim said he could not install electrical appliances at his outlet because the roads to the place were not ready.
“I have no choice but to receive the goods from my contractor and settle the bill although the trading lots are not ready for renovation,” he said.
Lim said he was considering filing a compensation claim against MAHB for the delay.
Another businessman identified as Teh said he was awarded a spot to sell various types of fast-moving items including souvenirs. “I am tired of reading about the delays. It’s affecting me financially,” he added.
James Anthony from Kuala Lumpur said he had taken a bank loan to start a new business at the airport. “I cannot start my business although I’m already paying the bank instalments and inte?est after getting the loan a few months ago,” he added.