PASIR PUTEH: The Bukit Merbau Sports Complex will be among the venues for Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) 2026 in Kelantan, with the main stadium to have a 20,000-spectator capacity and complete with a football field and track for athletics.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the complex would also have an indoor arena with multi-purpose courts that could accommodate 1,000 spectators.
He said there would also be a hockey stadium with two fields and pavilions with 500-spectator capacity.
"Among its other components is a squash centre with a 100-spectator capacity and with eight courts as well as a mobile one and two covered lawn bowls grounds with a capacity of 200 spectators.
"This complex will also have a shooting range with a 100-spectator capacity and comprising an indoor range with 30 lanes of 30 metres each and an outdoor range with 15 lanes (of 25 and 50 metres long).”
Mustapa said this to reporters after visiting the project site here on Sunday (Aug 7), with state Youth, Sports and NGO Committee chairman, Wan Roslan Wan Hamat also present.
"The federal government has approved a development expenditure allocation of RM256 million for the Bukit Merbau Sports Complex under the 12th Malaysia Plan.
"This project on a 64.7-hectare (160 acres) site is now at the pre-implementation stage where the value management lab was held last June.
"The tender for this sports complex will be executed in stages based of the facility components there and will commence with the tender for the stadium construction issued this August.
"The construction is expected to start in early 2023 and the sports complex be ready by the end of 2025,” he added. - Bernama