I grew up in a new village called Kampong Baru Batu 8, Labu, Negri Sembilan. It is situated half way between Seremban and Nilai. It is 8 miles from Seremban, 8 miles to Nilai. Labu is two miles away (Batu 10). Few years ago, it was renamed Kg. Seri, Labu.
I studied at the primary school in my new village and second school in Seremban. I left my home village after completed my secondary education for greener pasture in the city.
My heart is always in my Kampong and go back whenever I can. My family will have Chinese New Year's Eve Reunion dinner at my Kampong every year without fail.
A month ago, out of the blue, it was in the news that a new low cost airport will be built in Labu!! (the so-called KLIA East @Labu Airport)
As a layman, I am puzzled such an important infrastructure of national interest project was conceived and decided in such a short time. Why "they" do thing quiet quiet one? Fisrt, Sime Darby buying IJN （National Heart Institution), now Sime Darby building a new airport?
Then it dawned on me that "ada kerja, ada wang". The classic Malaysia formula. Siapa dapat kerja? definitely not me and you. Siapa dapat wang? Not you and me either. Well, may be someone who is going to be out of job soon, gets the job while he can-lah! or in a corporation, it is called golden handshake.
This upset our former Prime Minister Lao Ma （老马）Mahathir too. The landmark KLIA that built under his administration is still underutilized with plenty of reserved land for expansion. Now building another airport 10 kms away, apa ini?
Any away, it is a private project undertaken jointly by Sime Derby and AirAsia. No government money involved. (do you believe?)
This prompted Lao Ma to comment: "you do not mess around with Sime Darby. It is as good as Government." He has forgotten, it was his Sime Darby too when he was the PM.
By the way, the so called new Labu airport is at least fifty Kms from my Kampong. And unless a new highway is built, it will take at least one and a half hours from KL to the airport.
Who is building the highway? another toll concessionaire... so "ada kerja, ada wang". Kita rakyat bayar 'ja le!!
这可使到我们的前首相老马（马哈迪）心里不快。他有千个理由新拉务机场不应该盖起来。其中一个就是在他任期里所建的地标吉隆坡国际机场 KLIA，到目前为止，还未到高人流量，而且还有万顷以上的扩建保留地。现在要到10 公里以外的拉务另建新机场，搞什么？