KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed Low Yat 2 electronics hub will be open to non-Malays if there are applications, said Minister for Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).
He said, however, priority would be given to bumiputras to open their shops on the third floor of the Mara building in Jalan Raja Laut.
So far, all the applications for the 30 booths were from bumiputra traders.
“If there are more applications (from non-bumiputra), we will consider opening another floor for them,” he told reporters at Mara headquarters here, Monday.
Ismail also visited the third floor which would be turned into an IT hub similar to that of Low Yat Plaza in Bukit Bintang.
He said renovation works would start on Tuesday and expected to complete in November.
“We aim to open the hub by year-end,” he said adding that three telecommunications operators have also shown interest in taking up booths.
He said a contest was being conducted to give a name and logo for the hub. The closing date is on Sept 30.
“So far, we have received 3,000 entries. The winner will receive RM5,000,” he said.
Ismail had mooted the idea of “Low Yat 2” following the racial scuffle that broke out at Low Yat Plaza in July.
He said he aimed for “100% Malay traders” but would be less strict about suppliers, since none were Malays.
His proposal earned flak from various quarters who argued that it would result in racial polarisation.
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