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Gov Plans To Build Drag Racing Circuits In Each State

Gov Plans To Build Drag Racing Circuits In Each State

The proposed plans to build drag racing circuits are meant to help develop Malaysia’s motorsport industry.

Adeline Leong

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Racing and mat rempits have a negative connotation because they can be a road nuisance or cause lives to be lost on the road.

Despite the dangers, some people, especially youths, seek out the thrilling sensation time and time again.

There were plans to help divert their dangerous passion into something safer yet thrilling such as sky jumping, legal street races and professional racing.

However, some of these solutions are not sustainable in the long term.

Recently, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the federal government plans to build a drag racing circuit in all states in the country.

Bernama reported that the proposal will be included in the 2023 Budget that’s set to be tabled in October this year.

The proposed drag racing circuits are meant to enhance the development of the nation’s motorsports industry.

The growth of the motorsports industry will also give local youths the opportunity to participate in motorsports activities through proper channels.

Speaking at the opening of 2022 RXZ Members 4.0 Programme at the Terengganu International Drag Strip, Ismail said two drag circuits had been built in Terengganu and Melaka so far.

Ismail Sabri also encouraged youths to participate in the MyFit@Motorsports 2022, a grassroots motoring development programme involving the development of motorcycle and car sports organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Through the programme, youths could gain knowledge through training, courses and clinic. New talents could also be scouted to participate in motor tournaments and racing at the state and national levels.

Ismail added that the government would always support activities by motoring clubs, especially helping those in hardship such as flood victims.

He acknowledged that many motoring clubs were involved in charity work, and by highlighting their efforts, the negative perception of riders could be reduced.

Perhaps we can organise (a gathering of riders) every year and the government can provide sponsorship. In this way, we can highlight the interest of the young people, hence, reduce the negative perception of riders associated with various names such as Mat Motor.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

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