Groups: Expedite gazetting of CBN as heritage site


KUALA LUMPUR: Having obtained a further 60-year extension on its land lease, the SMK Convent

Bukit Nanas should be recognised as a national heritage site, say groups.

National Parents-Teacher Associations Consultative Council president Assoc Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Ali Hasan said it was important for the historic school to be gazetted a national heritage to preserve, conserve and protect the site.

“The government’s efforts in taking the initiative to propose the school as a National Heritage Site should be commended... an effort that should receive solid support from all quarters, ” he said.

On Saturday, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the National Heritage Department had been trying to get the school gazetted as a heritage site since 2008 but this was met with objections from the school’s trustees.

Mohamad Ali said if the school was gazetted as a heritage site under the National Heritage Act 2005, it could be used as a model to identify other such buildings to be gazetted as national heritage.

He cited the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Women Teachers’ College in Melaka, Penang Free School, Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar (Johor Baru) and SMK King George V (Seremban) as examples.

“The gazetting of SMK Convent Bukit Nanas is important for the country’s history and as an example of the country’s well-known educational institution. There is no educational heritage premises yet in the heart of the federal capital, ” he said.

SMK Convent Bukit Nanas, he said, had produced many famous leaders, administrators and fighters, and deserved to be given the 99-year lease for the site.

Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute Centre for Public Policy Studies chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam commended the government for extending the land lease.

He also praised the government for rejecting the narrow and parochial views expressed by some people.

Navaratnam said the school had played a vital role in giving well-rounded education, especially in English, Mathematics and Science, to Malaysians.

Mission schools like Convent Bukit Nanas were also known for character building and instilling good moral values in their students, he said.

The Victoria Institution Old Boy said he had deep attachment to Convent Bukit Nanas, which was regarded as a “sister” school as both schools went way back in Malaysia’s education history.

“The school is well known for producing excellent individuals, and represents a legacy, a history and a heritage that we need to treasure, ” Navaratnam said. — Bernama

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