Convent Bukit Nanas land lease to be extended by 60 years

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The government has agreed to extend the land lease for Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Convent Bukit Nanas by 60 years on its expiry on Sept 6 this year.

Shafwan Zaidon

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), in a statement today, said this decision was made after considering the contributions made by SMK Convent Bukit Nanas to the country’s education since 1899.

“This approval is given specifically for the purpose of education only. It is hoped that with this decision, SMK Convent Bukit Nanas will continue to achieve success as a Cluster School of Excellence in producing high-quality national human capital,” the statement said.

It said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Federal Territories Land and Mines director Datuk Muhammad Yasir Yahya had met with Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur Sr Theresa Chua Siu Yan, who was representing the SMK Convent Bukit Nanas Board of Governors, and both sides agreed with the proposed resolution which was discussed.

Earlier, the SMK Convent Bukit Nanas Board of Governors had applied to the government to extend the land lease for the school.

It also said that the decision was reached after Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Federal Territories Land and Mines Office director Datuk Muhammad Yasir met the Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur, Theresa Chua Siu Yan, who represents the school’s board of governors and trustees.

The PMO also said the chief secretary to the government and the director of the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office had met Theresa Chua Siu Yan of the school’s governing board to discuss the matter and reach a solution.

The school board, run by the Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur, was informed by the land office last December that the lease would not be extended after its expiry on September 6 this year.

The statement added that the chief secretary to the government (Mohd Zuki Ali) and the Federal Territories Lands and Mines Office director (Muhammad Yasir Yahya) met with Theresa Chua, the Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur, and agreed on the proposed solution.

The Society of Saint Maur operates the school, which is one of the oldest in the country and one of the last few remaining all-girls schools in Kuala Lumpur.

Both the Chief Secretary of the Government and the Federal Territories Land and Mines director have met with the Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Muar Theresa Chua, who represents the board of trustees for SMK Convent Bukit Nanas.