by TMR/ pic by ARIF KARTONO
The Government has agreed to extend the land lease for SMK Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) for another 60 years, Prime Minister’s Office says.
In a statement today, PMO said the government has made the decision after considering the application by CBN’s governing board to extend the land lease of the school site which will expire on Sept 6, 2021.
PMO said in a statement that the extension is strictly for education purposes only. It added that both parties have agreed to the proposed solution.
According to PMO, the Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali together with the Director of Lands and Mines department has also held a meeting with Theresa Chua Siu Yan, Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur representing the CBN Board.
The Malaysian Reserve reported that more than 20,000 people have signed the online petition to save Kuala Lumpur’s (KL) SMK Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) following news that the school’s land lease, which is expiring in September 2021, has not been renewed by the Federal Territories Lands and Mines Department.
The school was granted a judicial review on this matter on Monday.
High Court Judge Datuk Noorin Badarin had set May 4 to hear the school’s application for a stay pending the disposal of the judicial review.
“With its illustrious history, the 122-year-old institution’s contribution to the nation cannot be under-valued nor disregarded,” the petition stated.
CBN has produced a long list of distinguished women serving the nation in many different capacities, including former International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
Rafidah is one of the vocal voices demanding for the school not to be relocated.