Race track that will benefit Malaysian youths in the northern region
To get “mat rempits” off the streets and into the circuit
Initial plan proposed by Mukhriz in 2014--Innity--
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that RM 30 million has been allocated for the development of a race track in Sungai Petani, Kedah. The announcement was made earlier today during a programme at Menara Alor Setar with over 4,000 Malaysian youths.
The Prime Minister did not elaborate on the details but according to The Star Online, he stated that “The track will benefit the youth, there will be no more need for mat rempit (street racers) to race on the streets.” He further explained that the current Mentri Besar of Kedah, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, will explain further details in the near future.
The former Mentri Besar of Kedah, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir has actually stated that Kedah will have its own race track by 2017. Mukhriz actually announced the proposal around October 2014 with Sepang International Circuit (SIC) acting as the technical adviser. The main target of the track is to help with the development of racing talents in the northern region. Click HERE to read the story.
According to the CEO of SIC, Datuk Razlan Razali (also back in 2014), the track will be no less than 1.6km surrounding 70 hectares on land situated in Sungai Petani. The track will be rated as Class 4 under the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), which means that races like the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC), touring car races and cub prix events will be allowed to race there.
Sadly, races like MotoGP and Formula 1 won’t be allowed but there are plans to add off-road motorcross tracks, a drag strip and paddock facilities to ensure that the track will always be active and beneficial. Sounds like a very interesting idea coming from Datuk Seri Mukhriz and Datuk Razlan Razali back in 2014. Let’s hope that the RM30 million allocated by Najib will do some good in coming up with a proper racing facility that will no doubt benefit the northern region in taking the motorsports industry to the next level.
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