School’s land lease extended

KUALA LUMPUR: The anticipated wait for a federal land lease extension for the Chong Hwa Independent High School’s sports complex has been resolved.

The Government has extended the lease period from 30 to 99 years for the school to build a sports complex.

Natural Resources and Environ­ment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had approved the extension without hesitation during a Cabinet meeting.

“The Prime Minister is very concerned about education and the development of our younger generation.

“This school has excelled academically and in sports. We hope the school can scale greater heights with the sports facilities that will be built,” he said after handing over the offer letter for lease to Chong Hwa board of directors chairman Tan Sri Lim Keng Cheng at the school.

The sports complex, which will be built at a cost of RM20mil on a 1.25ha land, is located behind the school grounds and comes with the minimum annual rental of RM1,090.

The school had called for an extension of the land lease in November last year.

Dr Wan Junaidi said he had handed Lim’s application to Lands and Mines Department director-general Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak and told him to expedite the process.

He also said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who were present at the ceremony yesterday, had constantly followed up on the matter with him.

Liow said the development of the school would continue to receive attention and support by the Government.

“I’d also like to thank Datuk Seri Najib for his support and we’re confident that the development of this school will benefit our younger generation,” he said.

Also present was school principal Cheong Moey Lan.

On a separate matter, Liow said the upcoming five years are set to be more challenging but Barisan Na­­­sional is looking forward to fulfilling its pledges made in its manifesto.

He said Najib has uplifted the spirits of the incumbent Barisan MPs to work together as a family for the development of the country.

The Bentong MP was commenting on Najib’s briefing with Barisan MPs on Monday.

“The Prime Minister gave words of encouragement to the MPs besides thanking them for their service and support,” he added.

Asked about the list of candidates, Liow said it has been accepted by Najib.

He declined to comment on any seat swaps and reiterated that it will be resolved internally.

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