The Malaysian government has unveiled a smaller budget for 2023 and has warned of an economic slowdown. At the same time, it’s announcing cash aid, tax cuts, and some money reserved for esports and film ecosystem.
So how much is reserved for Malaysia’s esports scene? According to the live report (via New Straits Times) it’s RM13 million. For film and creative arts, Malaysia’s budget for this will be RM50 million. The latter was given an increase due to the success of
big budget high-school level production Malaysian Independence film Mat Kilau.
Highlights from Malaysia’s #Budget2023
RM154mil to develop sports eco-system
RM20mil to develop drag strips
RM13mil for eSports
Tax exemptions for NGOs involved in grassroots sports
RM12mil for para sports
RM5mil for @YAKEB_
Drag strips? I’ve said this b4 – waste of RM.
— Haresh Deol ?? ? (@HareshDeol) October 7, 2022
This news is still developing…
While it’s nice that there’s some money reserved for esports despite trying times, many are still wary about this. While there were some success stories like the recent victory of Malaysia’s all-female Dota 2 team in the Commonwealth Sports, there were also failures like the initial efforts to send Malaysian Overwatch players to the Overwatch World Cup 2019. It’ll be interesting to see if the RM13 million for esports will actually see merit use or not.
Then again, we’re not sure why the government chooses to allocate RM20 million for drag strips in the sports field.