KUALA LUMPUR: The administration of SMK Convent Bukit Nanas has thanked the government for extending the land lease of the 122-year-old mission school here.
“We are grateful and thank the government of Malaysia for extending the land lease for 60 years, ” said Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur, Sister Theresa Chua Siu Yan.
She added that the school's administration thanks Malaysians for their love, care and concern towards the well-being of Convent Bukit Nanas.
Sister Mary Theresa Chua was accompanied by lawyers Datuk Joshua Kevin, Damien Chan and Leonard Gomes.
"The support for the school demonstrated over the past days has certainly encouraged us, particularly the teachers who have toiled to ensure the children continue to receive a good education," she said in a statement on Thursday (April 22).
Earlier on Thursday, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced that the land lease – which was slated to expire on Sept 6 – has been extended by 60 years.
The PMO said the permission was given specifically for education purposes only.
"The government looked into the application by the Convent Bukit Nanas' board to extend the land lease where the school is located, ” it said.
"After reviewing the matter and taking into consideration the school's contribution towards national education since 1899, the government has agreed for the lease to be extended by 60 years," added the PMO.