LABUAN: Labuan is set to become a motorcycling enthusiast destination with the construction of the Labuan International Motorsports Circuit early next year.
Costing RM7 million, the project will be built on a five-acre site in Kiansam in two phases and scheduled to be completed in 2018.
Labuan Umno youth chief Rafi Ali Hassan said phase 1 involved an allocation of RM3 million through the Implementation Coordination Unit (under the Prime Minister’s Department).
“We applied for the project five years ago on the request of the Labuan youth and its approval was granted recently,” he told a press conference after attending the Labuan Rugby Carnival Welcoming Dinner here.
Rafi who is also political secretary to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, said phase 2 involving an allocation of RM4 million would feature tracks for race pit, go-cart, mini GP, drag strip, pocket bike, supermoto and superbike.
Other facilities include a grandstand with hill stand seating, paddock, administrative building and retail premises.
“The circuit is strategically located and close to Labuan halal hub. Future 4X4 projects and motocross extreme games on a 20 acre site adjacent to the circuit are also in the pipeline.
“As such, we will propose for the Kiansam area to be gazetted as a motorcycling sports hub soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, Labuan Women’s Rugby Association (LWRA) Puan Sri Diana Diego said Malaysia needs to form a strong and determined women’s rugby team to be in the top five in the Asia Rugby Women 7s Series, in preparation for the Olympic 2020 qualification tournament in Tokyo.
The newly-appointed patron of the LWRA said the national women’s rugby team had not been in the list of the top five despite its attempt to compete in Asia’s rugby tournaments previously.
“Notably, our national team is going through development process and it had shown constant remarkable performance,” she added in her seech at the same function.