FT Minister: Convent Bukit Nanas ‘should not be touched’

KUALA LUMPUR (April 21): Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pictured) thinks that “CBN should not be touched and should be allowed to continue operating”, The Star reported today.

Commenting on the land issue impacting the “iconic all-girls school”, Annuar also told the daily that he wants to meet the Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) sisters to “find out what I can do to help preserve the school”.

"I personally think that CBN should not be touched and should be allowed to continue operating.

"Land ownership issues are something that we can discuss. I would like to meet the CBN Sisters and lend an ear to find out more,” said Annuar.

"The issue of CBN, which is currently in the news, was never referred to me as of yet, despite it being in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur as all federal land matters fall under the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry and Chief Secretary to the Government under the Prime Minister's Office.

"I have also asked the director of the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office (PPTGWP) for more details on the background of the matter and a status report on the CBN issue," he revealed.

The Star reported the PPTGWP clarifying yesterday that CBN will be spared demolition when its lease expires as “the land it sits on will revert to the government so it can be gazetted as a fully-aided government school”.

Director Datuk Muhammad Yasir explained that the “decision not to renew” CBN's lease was so that the school becomes a “fully-aided government school, which would enable it to receive all the benefits it needs for the future”.

The 122-year-old school is currently operated by its owners under the school board Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur.

On April 7, Lady Superior of the Society of Saint Maur was granted an application for leave for judicial review to challenge the government's move not to extend the CBN's land lease.

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