MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG, YAB TUAN CHOW KON YEOW IN KOMTAR, GEORGE TOWN, PENANG ON 20th July 2019
Transformation of three Infant Jesus Sisters’ Convent Schools in Penang
The Penang government would like to thank the delegates from the Sisters of The Infant Jesus Malaysia and the representatives of the Convent schools for updating the state on issues concerning three Convent schools – SK Convent Light Street, SMK Convent Light Street and SMK Convent Pulau Tikus.
It was a fruitful one-hour meeting in Komtar where the state obtained a clearer picture of the situation.
Nine delegates attended the meeting which was held on July 19. They were led by The Lady Superior of Saint Maur Sr Mary Theresa Chua.
Also present at the meeting was Deputy Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy.
The state was informed that the Sisters intended to preserve the character and ethos of the Convent schools.
We were happy to note that the Sisters had ‘no intention to sell the land and buildings of the Convent schools for redevelopment’.
The state was told that the Sisters were looking into the possibility of providing education that is in line with the ethos of the Convent schools.
The state government understood that the Sisters had asked for the Convent schools’ premises (which were taken over by the Ministry of Education in 1972 to be used as capital-assisted schools) to be returned to them.
The application process started in September, 2016, and their request had since been approved by the Ministry of Education late last year.
CHOW KON YEOW
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