Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has approved an allocation of RM30 million to build a race circuit in Sungai Petani, Kedah, according to a report by The Star.

“The track will benefit the youth, there will be no more need for Mat Rempit to race on the streets. They can race all they want on a track then,” he said during a programme with Gen-Y youths recently.

The idea for a race track in the northern state was mooted back in 2014, when then Kedah chief minister Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir proposed plans to build a 1.6-km race circuit on a 70-hectare site in Sungai Petani.

Expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017, the original project is said to feature a race track, off-road course, drag strip, grandstand and hill stand seating, a paddock building and retail premises. It will also seek recognition from the FIA (International Automobile Federation) and FIM (Federation of International Motorcycling).

More details about the race circuit will be revealed by current Kedah chief minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah at a later date, including its expected launch date.