Govt to give motorsports a turbo boost

Guest of honour: Ismail Sabri (second from left) meeting visitors during the launch of 2022 RXZ Members 4.0 at the Terengganu International Drag Strip at the State Sports Complex in Gong Badak. — Bernama

KUALA NERUS: The government plans to build a drag racing circuit in all states to enhance the development of motorsports in the country, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Prime Minister said the proposal would be included in Budget 2023 to be tabled in October.

“So far, two drag circuits have been built in Terengganu and Melaka,” he said when opening the 2022 RXZ Members 4.0 Programme at the Terengganu International Drag Strip in Gong Badak here yesterday, Bernama reported.

Ismail Sabri said such facilities would give youths the opportunity to participate in motorsports activities through proper channels.

He also called on youths to participate in the MyFit@Motorsports 2022, a grassroots motoring development programme, involving the development of motorcycle and car sports organised by the Youth and Sports Ministry.

By participating in the programme, the Prime Minister said they could gain knowledge through training, courses and clinic, adding that the programme would also help in scouting new talents for participation in motor tournaments and racing at the state and national level.

The government, he said, would continue to 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 the houses of 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 and reduce the negative perception of riders associated with various names such as ‘mat motor’,” he said.

Before ending his speech, Ismail Sabri congratulated the organiser of the event, which attracted more than 30,000 motoring fans across the country.

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