Kedah’s Sungai Petani Racing Circuit has been in the spotlight again, with the latest state government saying the state project has not been forgotten, and is in the midst of raising funds to finance construction.
It has some background history – a Northern Race Circuit in Kedah was planned in 2014. We have Gudang in Pasir in Johor and the small Dato ‘sea track in Perak, and Batu Tiga has long since left to take charge of Sepang. The Klang Valley, but we have nothing to the north, so Kedah Mentari Besar at the time announced plans to build a 1.6 km circuit on a 70-hectare site in Mukherjee Mahathir Sungai Petani, which will be completed by 2017.
Nothing happened until 2017, when Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced that he had approved an allocation of RM 30 million to build a race circuit in Sungai Petani. The project was aimed at eradicating illegal street racing, Najib said, adding, “The track will benefit the youth. They can then race on any track they want. ”
However, Kedah Chief Minister Ahmed Bashah Mohammad Hanipah said at the time that the state did not want to rush into things because maintaining a circuit could be costly.
There has been no news about the circuit since then, but current Kedah Mentari Besar Muhammad Sanusi Mohammad Noor has given some updates on the matter. Has been named Report what’s going on with the project.
According to Sanusi, out of the approved RM30 million budget, RM10 million was spent on earthworks, but work has since stalled due to insufficient budget. He said the previous state government had changed the original plan and the expenditure had swelled to RM73 million, but the KBS ministry could not provide additional allocation to cover the new expenditure.
Now the plan is to return to the original design that was given a budget of RM30 million, and to fill any gaps by selling some of the land allocated for the circuit. Thus, the land allotted for the circuit will be divided into a commercial area and a motorsports area.