KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Government has allocated RM276mil for the construction of seven sports facilities in Kelantan for the 2028 Malaysia Games (Sukma).
Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh said priority would be given to the construction of a new stadium in Bukit Merbau, which will cost RM180mil under the Third Rolling Plan of the 12th Malaysian Plan.
"The other six projects are the constructions of the Bukit Merbau Sports Complex Indoor Arena costing RM25mil, hockey stadium (RM19 mil), aquatic centre (RM20mil), squash courts (RM9mil), covered lawn bowls pitch (RM8 million) and shooting range (RM15mil).
"The stadium is unlikely to be completed in 2026 and that is one of the reasons why the Kelantan Sukma was pushed to 2028," said Hannah
Hannah said, as such, the 2024 Sukma will be held in Sarawak and the 2026 edition will be hosted by the National Sports Council (NCS).
The selection of Sarawak as host was decided at the Sukma Supreme Committee Meeting, which she chaired on March 16.
She had also said that by moving the Kelantan Sukma to 2028 would give the state government more space and time to get ready. - Bernama