PETALING JAYA: An Umno politician's grand plan to build a third airport in Sepang was dashed by the defeat of Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th General Election (GE14).
The politician was described as a "close confidante" of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the embattled former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, by a news portal today.
Free Malaysia Today (FMT) reported that Rosmah pitched the construction of a new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) to her husband in an ambitious plan to make Sepang the "Dubai of Asia".
It said the proposal was also endorsed by a budget airline, whose executive chairman issued a letter of support that was also attached for the former prime minister's perusal.
The idea of a new airport, the third after the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2, was first announced by then-deputy transport minister Datuk Abd Aziz Kaprawi in 2015.
FMT said the politician through his company followed up on the idea two years later, proposing that the new airport become the main hub for low-cost carriers in Asia.
The grand "Dubai of Asia" plan was floored by BN's defeat in GE14. It is unlikely that the proposal will see the light of day under the new government as Malaysia Airport Holdings also reportedly shot down the idea in March.