SJK(C) Eng Ling, which was imposed with a RM250,000 land premium to convert the status of a former orchard land for its use, will now need to pay only RM1,000 following the state government’s intervention.
Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the school in Lumut had inadvertently called itself a “private education institute” in its application to the Land Office to convert the usage of the land when in fact, it was a government-aided school.
“Needless to say, the school authorities received a huge shock when they received the RM250,000 land premium notice last year,” Dr Zambry said, adding that the school authorities had later approached the state for help.
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the new school site was halted due
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Expressing relief that the problem was settled, headmaster Tang Weng Seng told The Star that a generous donor had donated the 1ha former orchard to the school during a fundraising campaign in 2010.
“Our old school building, which is located near the Lumut jetty, is over a century old and built on land belonging to a nearby temple.
“There are only six classrooms for our 114 pupils and no field for them to conduct their extra co-curricular activities,” he said.
He added that construction of the new school building, which costs about RM4mil, had commenced in April 2010 but due to lack of funds and the land premium issue, was halted up till now.
“With the land premium issue resolved, we can go back to focusing on getting the new building completed,” he said, adding that it would have 32 classrooms, a canteen and guardhouse.