The government is planning to build drag racing circuits in all states across the nation to enhance the development of motorsports in the country, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
According to Bernama, he said the proposal would be included in the 2023 Budget, which would be table this October.
“So far, two drag circuits have been built, in Terengganu and Melaka,” he was quoted as saying.
He added that with the facility available, it would allow the youth to participate in motorsports activities through proper channels.
At the same time, the prime minister also called on youths to participate in the 2022 MyFit@Motorsports programme, which is a grassroots motor sports development programme, involving the development of motorcycle and car sports organised by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Ismail said by participating in the programme, youths can gain knowledge through training, courses and clinics. He added that the programme would also help in scouting new talents for participation in motorsports tournaments and racing at the state and national levels.
He also said the government would also always support activities by motoring clubs, especially in helping those affected by hardship, such as flood victims.
“Many motoring clubs are involved in charity work… during the flood, they helped to clean houses of flood victims… 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’,” he added.
Meanwhile, the proposal garnered a mixed reaction from Malaysians with some supporting the initiative and saying this would allow youths who are interested in motorsports to have an avenue to show off their talent, at the same time, learn the proper skills.
On the other hand, some criticised the government for not putting their priority right as the rising cost of living is already burdensome for the people, but the government is spending unnecessarily on projects that do not help revive the economy.
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