More than 20,000 sign petition to save Convent Bukit Nanas

by TMR / pic by ARIF KARTONO

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.

“As far as I am concerned, CBN gave me a good grounding of good values and principles, even as far back as in the primary school. And the inculcation of discipline and a sense of responsibility. I would like to appeal to the authorities to consider giving CBN permanency of tenure over the site it is on,” she reportedly said.

Award-winning actress Vanidah Imran also questioned why the school was not granted the renewal of land lease.

“Which greedy parties are eyeing the land where CBN stands? This school has a letter of support from the Ministry of Education. I don’t understand why can’t they renew its lease,” she wrote on her Instagram recently.