KUALA LUMPUR: Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Maxwell, which was established in 1916, has been gazetted as a national heritage.
Chairman of the Maxwell School Old Boys’ Association (Maxoba) Badruddin Abu Bakar said the recognition from the National Heritage Department on April 2 was a result of the association’s efforts, which began 10 years ago, to preserve the school’s historical value.
“We are happy with the recognition and hope that with this status, the school will not suffer the effects of rapid development that is taking place in the surrounding areas.
“The recognition is also very meaningful as SMK Maxwell just celebrated its 100-year anniversary last year,” he told Bernama at the Maxoba dinner here last night which was attended by about 150 alumni.
At the event, registration director of the National Heritage Department, Mohamad Muda Bahadin, presented the certificate of recognition to SMK Maxwell principal Hanipah Endut.
Among its distinguished alumni are former auditor-general Amrin Buang, former national football player Zainal Abidin Hassan and former chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.
Efforts to gain national heritage status for the school began in 2009 when Maxoba wrote to former information, communications and culture minister Rais Yatim.