At least one of the 14 new sports complexes to be built under the 2018 Budget will be constructed in a rural area in Sarawak. The pledge was made by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin before more than 450 people who attended the “Randau National Transformation 2050 Bergulai Enggau Etnik Sarawak” (TN50 get together programme with Sarawak ethnic) at the Sarawak Cultural Village here today.

“In the budget recently announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, RM112 million allocation will be set aside to build 14 new sports complexes nationwide.

“I will make sure that one of the sports complexes will be constructed in a rural area in the state.

“I have faith that Sarawak can produce more athletes who can make the country proud on the global arena,” he said.

The dialogue was moderated by Telang Usan state assemblyman Dennis Ngau.

State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, his assistant state minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan and Layar state assemblyman Gerald Rentap Jabu were also present.

On a related matter, Khairy said he endorsed the proposal by the state government for the Education Ministry to establish a sports school in Sarawak.

Khairy said the state government had identified a school, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Demak Baru, located next to a sport complex in Petra Jaya near here that could be turned into a sports school.

“It is a low-hanging fruit since SMK Demak Baru only needs hostel facility and adopts sports school curriculum.

“I will discuss the proposal with Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid since the establishment of sports schools is under the prerogative of his ministry,” he said.

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