THE Kedah government has denied that the Lee Chong Wei Badminton Academy project planned in Sungai Petani has been cancelled.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said the project was still in the initial stages and the state was still in talks with the private sector to develop it.
He added that according to the original plan, the badminton academy was to be built on a 60ha plot which would also have a racing circuit.
“We provided 60ha with 20ha for the badminton academy and another 20ha for the racetrack with the remaning 20ha to be kept for future use.
“However, at this moment, we are still talking with the investors,” he said at the Kedah state assembly in Alor Setar on Tuesday.
Ahmad Bashah was replying to an additional question from Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (PPBM – Ayer Hitam).
Meanwhile, when asked by Ooi Tze Min (PKR – Bakar Arang) why the racing circuit project was carried out earlier than the Sungai Petani sports complex, Ahmad Bashah said the Federal Government had already allocated RM30mil for the racing circuit.
Commenting further on the construction of the sports complex, Ahmad Bashah said the mini stadium to be built in Sungai Petani and Kubang Pasu was still in the planning stages.
He added that the state was not in a situation to be able to build a huge stadium or sports complex.
“Despite being a mini stadium, the project still involves a huge amount of money.
“This requires cooperation from the National Sports Council and the Federal Government,” he said.