CONVENT Bukit Nanas will not be demolished, the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office was reported saying by The Star.
The non-renewal of its land lease once it expires in September will enable the land to revert to the government so as to become a fully aided government school, the office’s director Muhammad Yasir was quoted as saying.
He said this was the government’s decision to ensure the school, established in 1899, receives full government assistance, instead of partial government funding as it is now.
Becoming a fully aided government school will mean all future repairs or remedial works to the school and land will be covered by the government.
“CBN is partially aided and it is a very old school. It will benefit more if it was made a fully aided government institution,” Yasir was quoted as saying, adding that there was no other reason for the non-renewal.
He also said the school would remain a school and that no development was slated for the land.
The Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur, which is the school’s board, has applied for leave for a judicial review to challenge the government’s decision not to extend the school’s land lease, after it was informed by the Land Office in December that the lease would not be extended after its expiry on September 6 this year.
The school board has been granted an application for leave for its court challenge, and it is seeking a stay against the non-renewal.
Yasir said the school board could still appeal to the Federal Land Commissioner to operate the school, located on Jalan Bukit Nanas, by itself.
However, this would mean that it cannot become a fully aided government school.
See: Convent Bukit Nanas won’t be torn down, says land office. (2021, April 20). The Malaysian Insight.