TANGKAK: The youth and sports ministry (KBS) aims to build a racing circuit in each state in the next five to 10 years to turn out more young motoring talents to compete at the international level.
Its minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said motoring sports was popular in the country, based on the rising number of spectators each year when races were held at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
“As such, the ministry is always committed to helping to develop motoring sports in the country,” he said when opening the Tangkak Racing Circuit and the 25th Malaysia Cub Prix Championship here today.
He said the government had built racing circuits to support and boost motoring sports and the latest is the 2.4km, 2,000-capacity Pahang Motoring Sports Circuit in Jengka, which will be built at a cost of RM40 million this year.
He hoped that the construction of racing circuits nationwide would increase the number of participants in races, such as the Cub Prix Championship, which was the catalyst to national motoring sport development.
Khairy said the government was also committed to providing motoring sports infrastructure and facilities for the people.
From 2014 to 2018, the ministry had allocated RM15 million for a motoring sport development programme in the country.
“The ministry is also implementing the National Motor Sports Development Programme to find hidden talents.
“Among them is the implementation of the KBS Cub Prix Clinic in 22 locations nationwide, organising the five-round KBS Cub Prix Mini Bike Championship and the 2018 AAM Petronas Cup Prix Malaysia Championship at several selected locations.
“In addition, today, the ministry also supports the KBS Wira category at the 25th Malaysian Cub Prix Championship to produce more great riders in the future,” he said.