There has been talk of a racing circuit development project at Sungai Petani Kedah since 2014. However, despite several changes in the leadership of the state government, the shadow of the circuit is still not visible. What happened?
According to Kedah Mentari Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md. Noor, the construction work of the circuit, which was going on earlier, was delayed for several years due to lack of funds. He said the original design would be used in the construction of the circuit at a cost of RM 30 million. Therefore, the state government wants to sell some of the land that will be created for the race track to raise funds to finance its construction.
“More than 100 acres (40.4 hectares) of land will be created for the circuit. The land belongs to Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI).
“Earlier, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) had allocated RM30 million for the construction of the circuit and RM10 million was spent on the earthwork for the construction of the circuit.
“Now the balance is RM20 million and it is not enough to build the circuit and we have to find other funds. In addition, the state government has not paid RM890,000 to the project consultant before, ”he said in the report. Has been named.
The plan to build a racing circuit at Sungai Petani was announced in 2014 by Mukherjee Mahathir, then Mentari Besar of Kedah. The 1.6km circuit is expected to be completed in 2017.
However, no circuit was observed in 2017, when the then Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced that he had approved a fund of RM 30 million for the development of the circuit at Sungai Petani.
“This circuit will benefit young people, Matt Rampit no longer has to run on the streets. They can then race on the circuit to their heart’s content, “Najib said at the time.
However, the then Kedah Mentari Besar, Ahmed Bashah Md. Hanipah, said that the Kedah government did not want to rush into building the circuit because it would cost more to maintain the circuit.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Sanusi revealed that the state government had earlier changed the original plan of the circuit to enlarge it using international standards at a cost of RM73 million, then it was shut down due to high cost and KBS could not channel the required additional allocation.
According to him, the state government will use the original plan and design at a cost of RM30 million to ensure that the project can be resumed, but new sources of funding will have to be found to fill the shortfall.
“Right now we are in the process of selling the land. The land will be divided into two parts, one for commercial areas and the other for circuits, which will be financed with existing funds and new funds, ”he said.
Mohammed Sanusio could not immediately be reached for comment, as his party is still in the process of raising funds, including the transfer of land and the payment of money to various parties.